Community Partners

Green Mountain United Way addresses current local issues by focusing on four priority areas: Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. The following is a comprehensive list of our current partners who we work alongside to build effective services and programs that directly impact our communities within our areas of priority.

  • Education
    • Building Bright Futures:  Green Mountain United Way participates on the Building Bright Futures Steering Committees and Councils in Caledonia/Southern Essex and Orleans/Northern Essex.  Local early childhood groups collaborate through these councils to ensure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful.  The regional groups are part of a statewide organization, which operates within the framework of six areas: 1) making sure all children get a healthy start; 2) connecting families to resources; 3) ensuring every Vermont child enters Kindergarten ready for success; 4) investing in prevention and planning for the future success of all children; 5) collecting data and being accountable toward early childhood outcomes; and, 6) ensuring stakeholders meet the needs of Vermont families.
    • Barre and St. Johnsbury Promise Community:  In April 2015, the Agency of Human Services announced the selection of seven Vermont communities to participate in the Promise Community initiative.  This initiative supports collaboration across the education, health care, human service, public and private sectors to create a comprehensive approach to transforming communities to better support children and their early education needs.  Two of the communities selected were Barre and St. Johnsbury.  GMUW is represented on the steering committees of both these community efforts.
  • Financial Stability
    • Central Vermont Regional Workforce Partnership: Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Boardor “WIB.”  Regional workforce partnerships exist throughout the state to serve as a forum for businesses/employers to connect with education and training providers to identify training needs and training solutions directly related to anticipated job openings in a given region.
    • Capstone Community Action: Green Mountain United Way is coordinating efforts with Capstone Community Action in Central VT to effectively reach a broader population and base of areas for financial literacy classes and trainings.
    • Northeast Kingdom Collaborative:
      Organizations and businesses in the Northeast Kingdom, including Green Mountain United Way, share information about various economic topics in the NEK.  Through a strategic plan of action, millions of state, federal and private dollars are directed to the NEK for projects that improve economic viability and community functions such as infrastructure, education, health care, housing and telecommunications.
    • Creative Workforce Solutions: Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS), in conjunction with Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR), supports job training, support and placement in the Northeast Kingdom.
    • Vermont Jump$tart Coalition: The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization consisting of individuals representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the financial literacy of Vermont’s youth.
    • Workforce Development Committee: The Workforce Development Committee (WDC) operates under the umbrella of the Cohase Chamber of Commerce in Orange County and supports regional workforce and economic strategies. The WDC meets monthly and holds an annual Economic Summit inviting area town clerks, elected officials, businesses and invited guests. GMUW is a member of the WDC.
    • Coordinating Committee for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Green Mountain United Way participates on this committee whose purpose is to provide resources and to identify partnerships for FSS program participants through Section 8. The goal of this self-sufficiency program is to increase earned income over a 5-year period to the point where they no longer require ReachUp assistance, and hopefully, Section 8. Case managers work with the families to identify the barriers that are keeping them from achieving this goal and then facilitating referrals and relationships with community partners to address and overcome those barriers.
  • Health
    • Central Vermont Opiate Addiction Steering Committee In June 2014, as part of the continued effort to tackle opiate abuse in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and the United Ways of Vermont, held the Governor’s Community Forum on Opiate Addiction.  The purpose of the forum was to bring together leaders from different sectors of the community and share community-based solutions to tackle opiate addiction.  Since then, GMUW has been a key member of the Central Vermont Opiate Addiction Steering Committee, working in tandem with a variety of community partners in finding effective solutions to the issue of addiction.
    • Caledonia/Southern Essex Tobacco Advisory Coalition: The Caledonia/Southern Essex Tobacco Advisory Coalition meets monthly in St. Johnsbury and is part of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. The coalition’s goal is to reduce the use of tobacco and smokeless tobacco in the region and offers classes, aides to stop smoking, support groups and guest speakers. The coalition has also established No Smoking areas in public parks and other locations.
    • CVMC Community Alliance for Health Care Excellence: In 2015, Vermont launched Integrated Communities Care Management Learning Collaborative.  From this initiative, the CAHCE was created for the central Vermont area as a health care reform work group.  The main focus of this work is to better serve all Vermonters in their health care needs, particularly those with complex physical and mental health needs, through coordinated health care management.  This is done through better integration of social services and health care services to address social determinants of health, e.g. lack of housing, food insecurity, loss of income, for at risk Vermonters.
    • Community Health Team for Caledonia/Southern Essex Counties: Green Mountain United Way is a member of this Community Health Team (CHT), which partners with primary care offices, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) and existing health and social service organizations to create, monitor and evaluate a holistic community care system in the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital service area. Safe housing, food, heat, and social connectivity is equally as important as access to healthcare. The CHT is part of the Blueprint for Health.
    • Community Health Team for Orleans/Northern Essex Counties: Green Mountain United Way is a core group member of the Community Health Team for Orleans/Northern Essex counties under the Vermont Blueprint for Health. This core group consists of primary care practices, diverse health care professionals, and local non-profit organizations collaborating to provide opportunities for all community members to optimize their overall health and wellness through prevention and lasting behavioral changes that will lead to healthier lifestyles.
    • Fit and Healthy Coalition (NEK): The Fit and Healthy Coalition in Caledonia/So. Essex is part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. The group discusses current initiatives, including various healthy food options incentives to improve nutrition, education and information, standards for physical activity and behavioral changes with regard to tobacco and alcohol.
    • HealthWorks ONE: Green Mountain United Way plays an active role in this health collaborative in Orleans/Northern Essex counties, which works cooperatively with diverse partners to create community culture where healthy options and choices abound through advocacy and support of initiatives. Its vision is that all people in this region will have the opportunity to attain an optimal quality of health and well-being throughout their lifespan.
    • Nurse Family Partnership Community Advisory Board: This Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program was funded via the Affordable Care Act.  Nurse home visitors from community home health agencies visit lower income women who are pregnant for the first time.  GMUW is a member of the NFP Advisory Board for the NEK.
  • Community Caring
    • Hunger Councils of Washington County and the Northeast Kingdom: Established by Hunger Free Vermont, these councils meet to address hunger related issues.  They are designed to bring together local leaders from the business, education, social service, nonprofit and government communities to impact hunger at the local level and to alleviate food insecurity.  GMUW currently holds the position of co-Chair for the Hunger Council of Washington County.
    • Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness Continuum of Care: The mission of the Coalition is to end homelessness in Vermont through sharing information, developing resources, providing a forum for decision-making and to promote affordable shelter for all.  Each region of Vermont has its own Continuum of Care made up of local service and resource providers, nonprofit and for-profit housing managers and other key stakeholders in the area of low-income service or housing system.
    • Vermont 2-1-1: Vermont 2-1-1 is a number to dial for information about social services and referrals throughout Vermont.  Green Mountain United Way is involved as a partner organization through the United Ways of Vermont.