Mobilizing Communities to Improve…Income, Health, Education, Basic Needs

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Although the Green Mountain United Way’s mission is:  Mobilizing communities to create lasting changes in local conditions that will improve lives.  There are four areas the are United in Mission:  Income, Health, Education and Basic Needs.

Here is a breakdown of those areas:

INCOME

The number of financially stable individuals in communities increases.

  1. The number of families achieving and sustaining employment and stable housing increases
  2. Individuals increase their financial capability to manage finances, reduce debt, build savings and assets to avoid financial crisis
  3. Individuals receive the income supports that are available to them

Unemployment Resources: an Expert Panel Video

Labor Issues Video

Download Financial Stability Brochure 

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HEALTH

The percentage of adults and youth who are obese or overweight decreases reducing the prevalence of chronic disease.

  1. Individuals have access to healthy, affordable foods to increase the number of people eating healthily in communities
  2. Individuals have access to physical activity opportunities to increase the number of people who are physically active in communities
  3. Individuals have knowledge of healthy food and physical activity options

Download Healthy Living Brochure 

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EDUCATION

Children ages 0-6 enter school ready to succeed with a foundation to help them develop to their fullest potential.

  1. The number of children ages 0-6 have quality child care programs available to them
  2. The rate of child abuse and neglect decreases
  3. Families receive support to create nurturing and stable learning environments at home

Download Early Learning Brochure 

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BASIC NEEDS

  • Individuals’ basic needs including food, fuel, transportation and housing are met through improved coordination, availability and access of resources
  • Individuals receive necessary prescription medication at an affordable cost

Download Basic Needs Initiative Brochure

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Touring the Trails

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“Touring the Trails”
Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe Event

At the Craftsbury Outdoor Center,
Craftsbury, VT
To Benefit GMUW
March 9, 2014On March 9, 2014, a fun outdoor fundraising event will be held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, VT starting at 1 pm until 5 pm. If needed, equipment rentals will be available by calling the Center at 802-586-2514.

The folks at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center will be opening their many kilometers of trails for cross country skiers and snowshoers who will have acquired sponsors for our benefit. In addition to challenging each other for the most sponsorship money brought in, participants will vie for prizes for Best Event Spirit, Most Colorful Costume, Most Unique Hat, and more.

Following the afternoon of fun in the snow, pizza will be served to all participants, compliments of the Center.

If you love to cross country ski or snowshoe, this is the event for you. Sign up now by completing the Sign-Up Form. Remember that this is a fundraiser. Participants must submit a minimum of $40 in personal sponsorships. Use the Sponsorship Form to record the names of your sponsors and their individual amounts.

Corporate sponsors are also being sought. Businesses will have the opportunity of being featured on this website and in other event marketing. Interested businesses should complete and submit the Advertiser Form.

Mark your calendars now, dig out your skis or snowshoes, get them ready for a fun day. And, don’t forget to start designing your costume or hat. You just might win a prize.

Most importantly, ask your friends and family to sponsor you so that you can help Green Mountain United Way continue its work in Education, Health and Income in the Northeast Kingdom and Washington and Orange Counties.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Information

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Hello Everyone:

We’re approaching tax season and some of your employees/clients may benefit from knowing about the Earned Income Tax Credit that might be available for them.  This, as many of you already know, is a tax credit that rewards working people who don’t earn that much money.
 
I’ve attached the pdf of a poster that I would ask you print and post in your place of business, as well as a sheet of three stuffers that you can put in with their paychecks.  This is a 2-pager, which you should print back to back and then cut down to three per sheet.  These two items give the basic qualifications for being eligible for the EITC credit.
 
Please make these available to your people.
 
Thanks,
 
Madeleine

 


Madeleine C. Roy
Community Development & Marketing Director
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
Green Mountain United Way
PO Box 33
Derby Line, VT  05830
802-647-2148
www.gmunitedway.org

LIVE UNITED

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Linking Employee Fitness to Better Business: Worksite Wellness Conference March 27

Conference Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2014

CONTACT:

Susan Kamp, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program Director, Vermont Department of Health, susan.kamp@state.vt.us, (802) 951-4006

Janet Franz, Chair, Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, janetfranz@myfairpoint.net, (802) 985-9929

                                                                                                 Linking Employee Fitness to Better Business:

Worksite Wellness Conference March 27

STATEWIDE, Vt. — Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for promoting health and fitness on and off the job.

            Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to nearly 100 employers for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance.

            “Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council. “The proof is in the number of Vermont companies with topnotch wellness programs.  This year we will honor more worksites than ever before, and the winners will share their best practices at the conference.”

            Keynote speaker Andy Core, a work/life balance expert and author of 24 Hours to Accomplishing More & Stressing Less, will discuss individual wellbeing as a means to organizational health. Concurrent workshops will engage participants in building cultures of productivity, fostering motivation and using ergonomic methods to solve physical ailments on the job.

            Employers including Fletcher Allen Health Care, The Vermont Country Store, Engelberth Construction, and BioTek will present their strategies for employee health and wellness. Fitness professionals will demonstrate fitness activities that people can do at work.

            New this year: The conference is partnering with Go!Vermont! to encourage ride sharing. A commuter bus will drive conference attendees to and from Montpelier.

            The $100 registration fee includes a healthy lunch. Deadline to register is March 26. For more information call 802-863-7270. Register today! Online Registration: www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139012996.

            The council’s co-sponsors include Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, INVEST EAP and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Burlington Startup Attracts Team Players

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By Melissa Howell – bio | email
 
WILLISTON, Vt. -If you work 9 to 5, getting out on the field for a game of soccer during your lunch break might seem like a stretch… Until now.”Before I get here, I’m usually excited to play and feeling tense, pent up,” said soccer player Jeremy Mckittrick.

Recess is the startup company serving up another option for lunch — and on Tuesday local professionals stopped by The Edge Sports and Fitness Center in Williston for a quick game of soccer. “No matter what your athletic ability is, it’s sort of a great way for people who might normally be intimidated to join a full length soccer game. We sort of welcome everyone with open arms,” said Ward Wolff, Recess’ Co-founder.

“I get back to work and it’s like I just got in in the morning — and I can think again, it’s great,” said soccer player Andrew Potter.

Alex Consalvo came up with the idea in 2009 after graduating from Middlebury College. He launched the program last September — Wolff soon jumped on board. The two now have a sponsor who provides equipment and uniforms. “Me and Ward were on the fence about where we wanted to grow this thing and Burlington has really embraced us and we’re super excited to be here and to be growing,” Consalvo said.

The cost per game is $5. Tuesday, 14 players showed up — plus an additional first time soccer player. But no matter your skill level, it’s all in good fun. “I think it’s great exercise. It’s also a great way to meet people you know — see people from outside your company, and I just really like it to do something other than stuffing your face at lunch,” Mckittrick said.

It’s not just soccer that Recess is hosting. You can also play football, pickleball or Frisbee. Next on the list — rock climbing — and it’s all in one hour on your lunch break.

“It’s been really fun — it’s great to get out in the middle of the day,” Potter said.

After the game the team takes a quick photo. Then it’s off to the showers and back to work, until the next break for Recess.

The founders of Recess are working with other organizations throughout Burlington to set up more lunchtime games — you can sign up here.

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GMUW Hires Funding Resources Director.

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GMUW is happy to announce the hiring of Michael Knight for the position of Funding Resources Director.  Michael comes to us after a few years with the VT Journalism Trust as Sponsorship Director for VTDigger.org, and after 10 years with the Times Argus.  He will be responsible for resource development in Central Vermont and some of our marketing needs.  Michael, his wife and twin daughters reside in Barre, VT.
 
Thanks,
Madeleine 

 


Madeleine C. Roy
Community Development & Marketing Director
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
Green Mountain United Way
PO Box 33
Derby Line, VT  05830
802-647-2148
www.gmunitedway.org

LIVE UNITED

“Like us” at www.facebook.com/gmunitedway.

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Newport Parks & Recreation Updates

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After a two week break for all those studious kids, the first day back they are treated with an “ice day”.  We here in the parks & recreation headquarters, kept busy over the break offering outstanding day camps for the kids, and maintaining an amazing winter ice facility.  Those are just some of reasons that the Newport Parks & Recreation Department is the best this side of Memphremagog.  And, here are some more reasons . . .
 
Winter Festival:  Taking place Friday January 31st and Saturday February 1st in downtown Newport.  Featuring a wide array of activities and competitions including the Guy Fortin Memorial Broom Ball Tournament, Fire on Ice snowmobile races, Pond Hockey Tournament, Long Distance Skate Races, open skating, bonfire, fireworks and more.  
 
Friday Fun Night:  Featuring the best family activities this side of Memphremagog, Friday Fun Nights are the simply the best, most affordable family activity.  Friday Fun Nights is a continuing series of events designed for family fun in safe, entertaining atmospheres.  Participation is free for anyone under age 18, there is a small fee for anyone 18 and older.  This series was created through a grant from Northeast Kingdom Community Action, and continues through your support.  Next Friday Fun Night is scheduled for January 17th.Father-Daughter Dance:  February 15th at the Gateway Center in downtown Newport from 7pm to 9pm.  Tickets are available at the Newport Municipal Building for Newport residents for $25/father-daughter, non-residents for $30/father-daughter.  Additional tickets for additional daughters are available for $10/additional daughter.  Admission includes; goodie bags, refreshments, picture opportunities, and more.  Space is limited, get your tickets early. 

BINGO:  Come take your chances at being a lucky BINGO winner and support a great cause on Friday, January 10th at the Newport Gateway, starting at 6:30 pm! We have a variety of great prizes which the lucky winners could be taking home, such as a 13″ TV with a built in DVD player, gift certificates, and even turkeys! Plus, the grand prize is a Newport Furniture Parts lounge chair.  Refreshments will be served starting when the doors open at 5:45.  All proceeds will be going directly to the the restoration project.

Preschool Playworld:  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-11:30am starting October 2nd in the Newport Municipal Building where the gymnasium is converted to a huge “Playworld” full of slides, swings and tons of other things.  A great place for parents and guardians to bring their preschool kids to play and socialize.  Snacks and activities are provided.  There is no admission fee.   The program is supported through a grant provided by Orleans and Northern Essex Counties Building Bright Futures. 

Open Badminton:  Join Dawn for Badminton in the Newport Municipal Building Gymnasium on Wedensdays from December 4 – January 22nd at 6:30pm.  Bring your sneakers and racket for the best badminton games this side of Memphremagog.  For more information call Dawn at 334-6482.  Open to adults, no experience necessary.  

Ice Rinks Open:  The ice rinks are Gardner Memorial Park are open and available for public use.  There are three ice rinks including; hockey rink, recreational rink, and lake rink.  The skate shack offers a nice place to warm up, play games with friends, and visit the concession stand for hot coco and more.  All of the rinks are lit at night and music is played for your skating enjoyment.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3pm to 9pm, and weekends and holidays from 12pm to 9pm.  For ice conditions visit the Gardner Memorial Park page.  

School Break Camp:   Whenever there is no school, make it a fun day with the Newport Parks & Recreation Department’s School Break Camps.  Designed for kids in grades 1-5, these camps are guaranteed to delight kids from all over the kingdom.  Parents/Guardians can drop kids off at 7:45 and pick up as late as 5pm.  Each camp day is filled with fun activities, amazing trips, arts & crafts, and so much more.  Space is limited, register early to save!  Next camp is scheduled for the upcoming holiday school vacation.   Next camp coming up soon, registration forms are here.

 Jay Days:  Join the Newport Parks & Recreation Department at Jay Peak Resort for discounted tickets to winter activities and the indoor water park.  Every Sunday from December 15 through April 6th the huge discounts offered through our department are extended to you.  Lift tickets for $25-adults, $15-juniors, $5-kids, water park tickets for $25-adults & $20- juniors.  Plus great deals on lessons, rental equipment and helmets.  Visit the forms page to download a registration form. 

Recreation Committee Meetings:  The Newport Recreation Committee hosts meeting once a month to discuss upcoming events, department policy, long and short term goals and more at their informally formal meetings in the Newport Municipal Building.  The meetings are typically scheduled for the first Monday of each month at 5:30pm. but they sometimes vary for various reasons.  The meetings are open to anyone , but to become a member, one must be a Newport resident.  Call 334-6345 for more information.

Newport Senior Center and Forever Young Club:  Offering lunches every Wednesday as well as various other activities/trips/events/games/etc.  For more information call 334-6029.

Scholarships Available:  Many programs offered by the Newport Parks & Recreation Department can have the fees reduced or waived due to the need of participants.  Feel free to visit our “registration forms” page for a scholarship application or call 334-6345 for more information. 

Volunteers Wanted:  Be a part of your community by volunteering at a special event or program.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer call Andy at 334-6345.  Your community needs your help.

 
 
Have a Great Week,
 
-Andrew Cappello

Newport Parks & Recreation
(802) 334-6345 – office
(802) 323-6316 – cell

 
ps.  Here is a picture of the holiday break camp kids snow sliding.

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Position Opening: Executive Director, Champlain Valley Agency On Aging

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Job Description: Executive Director, Champlain Valley Agency on Aging

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

We are seeking a dynamic Executive Director (ED) to direct all strategic and operational functions of this highly successful human service agency.  CVAA has an annual budget of $4.5 million dollars, employs 50 staff, and assists over 10,000 clients each year.

The ED will play a key role in:

  • increasing financial resources for programs
  • expanding CVAA’s visibility
  • providing sound fiscal oversight for the agency
  • promoting a positive workplace culture
  • cultivating effective partnerships with other community organizations  

The successful candidate is a results-driven, visionary leader with a sincere interest in an enhanced quality of life for Vermont seniors.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CVAA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will possess a track record of demonstrated leadership success.  S/he will manage CVAA towards fulfillment of its mission and strategic goals.

Responsibilities

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, development, communications, and operational systems.
  • Cultivate a culture of strategic planning, including recommendations of timelines and allocation of resources to continually move forward
  • Exhibit the ability to set clear priorities, delegate with defined expectation of authority, and guide the investment in people, especially problem-solving skills which enable sound decision-making.
  • Devote a budgeted amount of time and energy towards networking and building effective partnerships that perform effectively with a variety of external and internal stakeholders.
  • Provide a robust supervisory relationship with those senior staff who report to the Executive Director, currently the Directors of Nutrition, Case Management, Finance, and Development, Community Program Coordinator, and HR/Office Manager.  Additionally, ensure that this management group acts as a team that aligns the entire agency towards its critical objectives.
  • Ensure effective operational systems to track results and outcomes, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Elevate CVAA to a higher profile and level of brand awareness, both internally and externally.

Fundraising, Development & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating strategies and fundraising activities to support existing and new programs.
  • Oversee development and implementation of fundraising plans, including foundation grants and corporate proposals. Additionally, directly participate in cultivation events and solicitation of major donors.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating an increasingly stronger brand identity
  • Personally expand the visibility of the organization presence and develop relationships that seek and garner new fundraising opportunities.

Financial:

  • Provide fiscal oversight of the Agency, including contracts, budgets, and statements of financial position. Ensure financial policies, procedures, and controls are followed.  Ensure ongoing financial growth of the agency.
  • Oversee the financial health of the organization, including short and long term financial plans with emphasis on ongoing sustainability: These plans would include adequate reserves for “rainy day” contingencies and funds for ongoing innovations – including technology investments.
  • Follow a budgetary process that includes ongoing assessment of budgetary goals and actual performance, and adjust as needed.

Board Partnership:

  • Sustain a sound, transparent relationship with the President of the Board of Directors – engaging in joint agenda setting, creating board development opportunities (including retreats and training), involving as first contact on emergency issues, and engaging in annual performance and wage review.
  • Cultivate a strategic partnership relationship with the board by discussing and developing agency policy, strategic planning, emerging issues and commensurate solutions, seeking counsel and advice as needed.
  • Collaborate with the board nominating committee to be mindful of gaps within the board makeup and contribute towards building a diverse and inclusive board with the appropriate skill sets to lead decision-making, goals achievement, and adherence to CVAA mission.

 Infrastructure and operations

  • Ensure the delivery of high quality services while managing for current and future growth.
  • Lead and support the organization’s staff to best practices and standards of excellence.
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization; create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization’s strategy, operational methods, and data collection needs.

External Relationships

  • Participate in the development of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living’s Area Plan, updates, and amendments.
  • Foster an environment of collaboration through partnerships with government entities, community based groups, and private sector agencies.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with agency partners, the Vermont Department of Aging and other State and Federal departments and officials; State and National Associations; service providers and client base; donors; media and others as appropriate.

Education/Experience/Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Gerontology, Social Work, or a related field considered a plus.
  • Minimum five to seven years demonstrated successful management and leadership accomplishments.
  • Experience with strategic planning, including: mission, vision, values, goals, and strategies.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulations, and reporting requirements relevant to the needs of the CVAA organization and its mission.
  • Strong and demonstrated organizational, analytical and communication skills.
  • Nonprofit and/or human service experience required.

Other Requirements

  • Possession of a valid Vermont driver’s license, insurance, and full access to a vehicle
  • Travel for day/evening meetings and weekend events
  • Able to pass a criminal background investigation

Desired Attributes

  • Vision – visualize and communicate CVAA’s future place and value amongst its constituents and within the communities it serves – and the requirements therein – for long-term success.
  • Leadership – create and nurture a culture that recognizes the strengths and talents of each team member, is open to change, encourages new ideas which challenge the status quo by asking “why not?”, and allows others to create organizational agility.
  • Passion for Mission – demonstrates and communicates passion for the organization’s core purpose; identifies with the CVAA mission and inspires others about the mission.
  • Credibility – demonstrates honesty, sincerity, humility, and respect.  Inspires trust in and from others.
  • Results Driven – improves and sustains performance, develops and follows through on priorities, delegates appropriately, holds staff accountable, and makes sound decisions.
  • Demonstrated Success in Community Development – develops strong community relationships to leverage good will, financial support, and program and service development.
  • Financial Management – ensures that the agency adheres to generally accepted accounting principles.  Understands and relates to all budget and financial matters and can manage operations within budget constraints.
  • Personnel Management – has the ability to attract, develop, and retain a diverse talent pool needed to meet and exceed organizational goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills – builds appropriate rapport and effective relations both internally and externally.  Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuine warmth and approachable behavior.  Listens carefully to understand the needs, intentions, and values of others.
  • Diversity and Cultural Competency – sensitive to issues of race or ethnicity, as well as gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other related concerns.
  • Judgment – recognizes the consequences of actions, accurately assesses the environment, applies appropriate discretion, draws upon relevant experience, and assesses and determines risk.

Position is based at CVAA’s headquarters in Essex Junction, Vermont.  Competitive salary and benefits.

Send résumé and cover letter to CVAA at CVAAExecApplicant@cvaa.org by January 30, 2014.

No phone calls accepted. 

CVAA is an equal opportunity employer.

www.cvaa.org

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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Report (12/2013)

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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Report  

A Message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl


At Vermont 2-1-1 the year 2013 came to an end much as it had begun, with Call Specialists responding to 4,650 calls, making December the month with the second highest call volume this year after January.  Calls from Vermonters seeking professional Information & Referral services in 2013 totaled 46,579 and call center specialists provided 46,784 information, referrals and advocacy responses to those calls.As the final report for the year, December’s monthly call volume report provides a year-end tally of calls made to Vermont 2-1-1. While our month-to-month call volume reports provide a real-time source for tracking community needs, this twelve-month call volume display provides a straightforward mapping of data trends in the health and human sector that contributes to helping our legislators, our United Ways and the Vermont community-at-large to develop strategies for addressing various acute and long-term challenges.

The winter season continues to bring challenging times for many Vermonters and December’s call volume shows increased signs of those challenges.  There has been a sharp increase in calls for housing-related issues, most notably emergency shelter/housing. December calls for housing assistance information were the third highest recorded this year and accounted for 1,226 of this month’s calls. That means that of the 150 daily-call average, almost 40 calls a day came from Vermonters desperate for assistance with housing needs. A year ago, in December 2012, our Information and Referral Specialists responded to 885 calls for housing related issues, helping Vermonters to stay housed and out of the cold. This year, the month of December saw a 39% increase over December 2012. Even more telling is that for 2013 there was a 22% increase over housing related calls for 2012. Please see the Housing Report section of this newsletter for additional statistics.

The Individual and Family Life Services category hit a year-end high with 335 calls, many of which were requests for Holiday Programs/Assistance. In fact, 27% of the calls in this category were from individuals hoping to participate in the tradition of making the holidays a special time for their families.

In 2013, 98% of calls originated from a Vermont telephone. As we enter our ninth year operating as Vermont’s trusted information and referral system, we look forward to working with you, to serving you and to sharing our common goal of connecting Vermonter’s with services to help improve their lives and our communities!

Want to learn more about the needs in your community?

View Vermont 2-1-1’s November Call Volume Report here 

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