All too often, people ask “What can I do to help?” I found this article which can enable volunteerism in any community – and not necessarily LED by a United Way organization. This can be LED by YOU any individual or business to help Vermont’s hungry.
I challenge you to put something together and let your “Stone Soup” gather the hungry and albeit you’ll get a response like you have never expected. What a great way to make others fell great about themselves – each helping one another. That’s what it’s all about.
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Stone Soup teaches cooperation, and how when we all work together, we can accomplish something larger than we can by ourselves. What better story to provide an inspiring theme for a United Way volunteer opportunity?
Stone Soup events ask each person to contribute an ingredient and participate in making meals – usually a casserole or hearty soup – for food insecure individuals and families in the community.
Vermont Business Magazine From coin identification to how our banking system works, Vermont students were challenged this year, through two financial literacy programs, to learn more about how our economy works. State Treasurer Beth Pearce today recognized student achievement in the Reading is an Investment program and the Be Money Wise financial literacy poster contest. Both programs are administered by the Treasurer’s office.
“We started these programs to raise the financial literacy of Vermont’s youth,” said Pearce. “These programs provide teachers, school librarians and parents with tools they can use to introduce financial concepts to children. The aim is to start an educational process in students that encourages them to learn money management skills and build their knowledge of how the economy works.”
Students were recognized for their work in the Reading is an Investment program. The program was used this year in 138 Vermont elementary schools. This is the sixth year of the program, which promotes both financial literacy and reading literacy through classroom and library instruction and through a personal reading program. There were 5,664 students who completed the reading challenge this year and had their names entered in a random drawing to win one of twenty $250 college savings accounts provided by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Reading is an Investment is underwritten by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the Windham Foundation and Comcast.
Students winning college savings accounts are: Lea Krause, Addison Central School; Eliana Dolloff, Albany Community School; Ryu Wright and Steven Collette, Bennington Elementary School; Aden Moore and Ashton Taylor, Bradford Elementary School; Carson Hooks and Maxwell Campbell, Chamberlin Elementary School; Jazmine Curley, Chester-Andover Elementary School; Tenley Whitehouse, Ferrisburg Central School; Libby Bowley, Lakeview Union School; Makiah Richardson, Lunenburg Elementary School; Parker Eidsheim, Mallets Bay School; Taylor Lacoste, Manchester Elementary School; Ainsley Meyer, NewBrook Elementary School; Archer Henderson, St. Albans Town Educational Center; Gabrielle Spaulding, Sheldon Elementary School; Cade Tessier, Swanton Central School; Rebecca Butler, Underhill ID Elementary School; and William Collins, Washington Village School.
Manchester Elementary School and Washington Village School each won a four-foot-tall Vermont Teddy Bear for their school libraries. The schools were chosen from a random drawing of 35 schools which had one-third or more of the student body complete the reading challenge. There were three schools that had 100 percent participation in the reading challenge. Those schools and their librarians are: Barstow Elementary, Heidi Webster; Bethel Elementary, Janet Whitaker; and Lakeview Union Elementary, Carol Rowell.
This was the ninth year for the annual Be Money Wise Poster Contest, open to students in third through twelfth grades. The contest is held in partnership with the Vermont Bankers Association, which provides $100 to the student winner in each division and $100 to the students’ schools for supporting financial literacy. The theme this year was, “I Am a Money Maker!”
Winning first place in the elementary school division was Marin Hemmett of Williston Central School. Second place was won by Tommy Jacques of Christ the King School in Rutland. Third place was won by Joseph Paquette of Richford Elementary School. The middle school division was won by Williston Central School student Hailey Chase. Homeschooled student Isabella Gaffney placed second and Browns River Middle School student Cassandra Bourdeau won third. In the high school division, first place was won by Milton High School student Carol Fagan and Essex High School student Jordan Appenzeller placed second. The judges did not designate a third place winner in the high school division.
Fifteen students received honorable mention recognition. Their posters were placed on display for the day at the State House in Montpelier on April 7. Those students placing in the honorable mention category were: Ari Randall and Gordan Clark, Avalon Triumvirate Academy; Jordan Parenteau, Browns River Middle School; Emma Cosgove and Ethan Courcelle, Christ the King School; Alexis Donna, Essex High School; Batula Mohamed, Integrated Arts Academy; Brittney Sabolevski, Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School; Katelyn Prescott, Lothrup Elementary School; Kristen Potter, Milton High School; Troy Kane, Richford Elementary School; Allison Bushey, St. Albans Town Educational Center; and Nina Zimakas, Ashley Davidson and Seph Niquette, Williston Central School.
Winning posters from this year’s contest may be viewed on the State Treasurer’s Office financial literacy web site at MoneyEd.Vermont.gov (link is external). Also available at this site are lesson plans and activities for the Reading is an Investment program.
Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry’s fans around the world can mark April 12th on their calendars as the 2016 Ben & Jerriest day of the year; Free Cone Day! For the past 37 years, Ben & Jerry’s has opened scoop shop doors to dish out free ice cream to fans, thanking them for being so uniquely awesome. The tradition has continued to grow, beginning in the small state of Vermont, USA, and now reaching across the globe. Fans are invited to their local scoop shop to join in on the company’s long-time tradition of thanking fans for their commitment and ongoing support.
(link is external)The company was founded on the idea that business has not just the opportunity, but also the responsibility to give back to the community. Free Cone Day is a long standing tradition when it comes to benevolent acts and as Jerry said, “If it’s not fun, why do it?” The annual anniversary merges the two founding principals and demonstrates that giving back to the community is just as sweet as free ice cream.
“We pride ourselves in being a company that is further enriched by giving back to our fans, who believe in our values as much as we do,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim. Ben & Jerry’s has been a long time advocate of social causes like marriage equality, environmental sustainability and ensuring that their ice cream is made in the best way possible which includes sourcing Fairtrade and non-GMO ingredients.
The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s started the tradition at the company’s first anniversary in 1979. Giving back to the community has been ongoing since the beginning and will continue be a part of the company’s mission for years to come. It’s not just about the wacky and delicious flavors at Ben & Jerry’s, but the values on which the company was created. So comes the biggest question, what flavor will you have on Free Cone Day?
FREE CONE DAY HISTORY!
Log on to www.benjerry.com (link is external) to find Free Cone Day at a Scoop Shop near you.
About Ben & Jerry’s
Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2014 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com (link is external).
SOURCE: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday April 6 at 11:15 am, Governor Peter Shumlin will join Health Commissioner Harry Chen, DMV Commissioner Robert Ide, a Vermont man who is alive today because of a heart transplant, Donate Life Vermont, and other individuals personally touched by organ donation, to celebrate organ and tissue donation and announce April as Donate Life Month in Vermont, encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors.
What: April as Donate Life Month in Vermont – Lives saved because of organ and tissue donation
– Heart recipient shares his story
– Governor awarded the Donate Life Award
Who: Governor Shumlin
Commissioner Harry Chen – VT Department of Health
Commissioner Robert Ide – VT DMV
UVM Medical Center
Individuals personal touched by donation – organ recipients & donor families
Donate Life Vermont
Where: Vermont State House – Governor’s Chambers
When: Wednesday, April 6th at 11:15 AM
In 2015, 719 lives were saved here in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. With the need for life-saving transplants growing every day – over 121,000 patients are now on the US transplant wait list – it is crucial to educate our communities about taking action to register as donors. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors.
The vast majority of individuals in Vermont (95%) register to be an organ and tissue donor at the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are now 120 million registered donors in the United States; still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to sign up through their state donor registry.
About Donate Life Vermont: Donate Life Vermont is a joint project of two federally designated organ procurement organizations that serve New England – New England Organ Bank and Center for Donation and Transplant. They have come together to create a fast and easy way for citizens of Vermont and New England to register as organ and tissue donors in a secure and confidential manner. For more information, visit www.DonateLifeVT.org (link is external).
April 6, 2016 at the Barre Auditorium
By: Jennifer Surat, CVEDC
The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation along with VocRehab Vermont are holding the 7th Annual Central Vermont Job Fair on Wednesday, April 6th from 10AM to 4PM at the Barre Auditorium.
We are currently accepting vendor registrations until March 18th and table space is limited. Registration is $110.00 per table and includes two free lunches, beverages and snacks catered by Community Kitchen. Registration is available online at www.centralvtjobfair.com (link is external) or by calling CVEDC at 802-223-4654.
Three local radio stations will be broadcasting live throughout the day, Frank 107.1 /Froggy 100.9 and WDEV 96.1. A resource room equipped with a printer and laptops will be open and available to the public as well as Interview space.
Last year’s job fair attracted 60 vendors and over 850 job seekers. Vendors ranged from ski resorts to retail to manufacturing and managerial positions.
The Central Vermont Job Fair is made possible through support from the following sponsors: Vermont Department of Labor, VABIR, Northfield Savings Bank, Community National Bank and the Vermont Workforce Development Board.
Please contact CVEDC at 802-223-4654 or email@example.com (link sends e-mail) for more information.
Jennifer Surat works as the Director of Development for CVEDC.
CVEDC is a non-profit, citizen-oriented organization whose objectives are to provide impetus for the region’s economic development activity by 1) Promoting Central Vermont and its resources to businesses contemplating new facilities, 2) assisting the area’s existing business planning expansion, 3) providing advisory service, education and information to small businesses, and 4) improving the infra-structure necessary for economic growth. Our primary goal is to create jobs for the citizens living in Central Vermont. CVEDC also offers the services of a Small Business Advisor from its affiliation with the Small Business Development Center. For more information call 802-223-4654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail). You can also visit their web site or facebook page at www.cvedc.org (link is external) . CVEDC is an equal opportunity employer.
|April: When We All Happily Say Goodbye to Winter. The weather gets nicer and we spend time with friends and family enjoying the outdoors. Often times this involves cocktails, whether it’s at a beer garden, a ballgame or in a backyard. It’s important that we enjoy these activities responsibly though.Did you know that April is also National Alcohol Awareness Month? Below is some helpful information on alcohol consumption, abuse and treatment options. As harmless as it may seem to have a few drinks on a nice day, the effects of alcohol on one’s body can be far more serious than you think. So please read our newsletter and share this important information. It could help save lives.
What are the symptoms of alcohol abuse?
The most prominent signs of alcohol abuse are the following:
It is common for alcohol abusers to drink to the point of becoming unruly and irresponsible. They often drive while drunk, become drunk in public, and miss work or have problems doing their job when they are at work. Friendships and family relationships are likely to suffer, and although the drinkers may know it, they continue to drink anyway.
How does alcohol abuse differ from alcoholism?
The two disorders have many symptoms in common (see Alcoholism), so the line is difficult to draw. However, most experts agree that alcoholism is a disease marked by a physical dependence on alcohol. Alcoholics have a greater tolerance for alcohol than other people and must consume more to get high as the disease progresses; they eventually develop a physical craving for alcohol and suffer withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety when they stop drinking.
Alcohol abuse, in contrast, is considered more of a psychological phenomenon. Not all alcohol abusers are alcoholics by any means, but in some cases alcohol abuse eventually progresses to alcoholism.
Source: Health Day; Alcohol Abuse By Paige Bierma, M.A.
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.
Sources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism / National Institutes of Health
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Volunteers are many times the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations helping them to conduct programs, assist people to better their lives and generally save money for the host organizations. These wonderful people are also morale boosters for the organizations’ directors and employees making their workplaces areas of positive attitudes just because of these volunteers so freely giving of their time and talent.
April 10 – 16, 2016 has been designated as National Volunteer Week, a time when everyone should take a few moments to acknowledge and thank their volunteers for the work they do. Green Mountain United Way is truly grateful to all its volunteers making our organization that much more meaningful and of benefit to our local area.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) indicates that 62.8 million Americans volunteer with approximately 7.9 billion hours of volunteer time given. This represents an estimated $184 billion value of service. In Vermont, 34.7% of residents volunteer ranking our state as 6th among the 50 states and Washington, DC. Vermonters give 22.1 million hours of service, or $509.5 million value of service. To read more about volunteerism across our country, go to www.volunteeringinamerica.gov.
The CNCS also states that volunteers have 27% higher odds of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers, possibly due to their developing new skills and expanding personal networks. Their records also show that 80% of volunteers donate to charity compared to 40% of non-volunteers. In Vermont, 49.3% donate to charitable organizations.
If you volunteer now no matter where, Green Mountain United Way thanks you. GMUW’s own volunteers are a testament to the positive changes that are happening in our local communities and, for that, we are extremely grateful to them.
If you do not yet volunteer, please consider giving of your time and expertise. It’s a great way to help others and, at the same time, improve your life by learning new skills, creating new friends and making your community a better place.
For more information about GMUW, please visit www.gmunitedway.org where an extensive Volunteer Network is maintained.