United Way COVID-19 Relief & Response Fund

This week, we took the incredible generosity of Vermonters from across our region and were able to fund 14 nonprofit organizations doing critical work to support individuals and families in a huge variety of ways throughout the community. I want to share with you what your incredible support was able to do for those in our communities whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic.

With your help, we raised over $17,000 in the Relief & Response Fund by last 5/8/20. United Way has worked quickly and collaboratively to invest your contributions to our COVID-19 Relief & Response Fund back into the community to address immediate needs and support working families, the most vulnerable Vermonters, and the well-being of our community.

To those of you who donated to the Relief & Response Fund, we have been humbled and inspired by the ways big and small that you, our friends, collaborators, and donors, continue to LIVE UNITED in support of our Central and Northeastern Vermonters. Thank you for demonstrating how generous our community is and for using philanthropy to make a difference.
Below is a list of the organizations that have received grants. We are happy to announce that because of the generosity of our donors, in this first round, all applying organizations received some level of funding. However, this has exhausted current funding, but we continue to fundraise as we do not see the needs ending even as the State of Vermont moves into a Recovery phase and particularly because of the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. If you are able to help, please consider a gift to the Relief & Response Fund to help neighbors in our community.

Organization Name Region Funding Detail
Barre Community Justice Center CVT Housing support
Burke Senior Meal Site NEK Kitchen equipment to meet increased demand for senior meals
Catamount Film & Arts NEK Production of PPE for healthcare & community, employee support
CVHHH CVT Personal Protective & Telehealth Equipment
Danville Senior Activity Center NEK Materials to package meals for seniors to meet increased demand
Downstreet Housing CVT Critical and stable housing support
East Burke School NEK Digital equipment to connect students to remote education
Enough Ministries CVT Support of meal preparation for formerly homeless guests now living in hotels
Family Center Washington County CVT Support of families with young children to maintain connectivity
Good Samaritan Haven CVT Housing support for those formerly housed at shelter in Barre, now in hotels, retrofits to shelter to continue to serve guests
North Country Hospital NEK Support for furloughed workers and families
Town of Charleston NEK Continued service of emergency food for seniors in West Charleston
Umbrella NEK Food for seniors, shift in continuation of services for those impacted by domestic violence
United Way Lamoille County/Lamoille Family Center NEK Creation and distribution of education packets for home bound families in Caledonia County

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Donate a Device to Help Families

Do you have a device that you are no longer using? We are looking for device donations so we can clean, refurbish, and set up these used devices for families who do not have a device to use to stay connected on the internet. Families now need devices to access services like health care, wellness, social connectivity, and social & educational services and we see this need continuing throughout this crisis.

We are seeking devices that are newer than 5 years old. We are accepting cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Please use the link below to access a Fillable PDF with information about your device, then email it to connectivity@gmunitedway.org.

Thank you in advance for your help in keeping families safe and connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Click Donate Now to access the PDF with device donation information. When you have completed the form, please email it to Carrie Stahler at connectivity@gmunitedway.org.

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Mother’s Day Card Shower

This time of year we are usually planning our route to spread cheer and love by delivering roses donated by generous community members to area nursing homes.

This year, our Annual Roses event has been canceled and those same nursing homes have not had visitors for weeks because of the coronavirus. We are thrilled that elders in our communities are safe and protected, but we know they still need some love and cheer. This year for Mother’s Day we are asking you to join us in supporting them with a Card Shower.

Cards can be homemade, store-bought, or any combination of the two! Below are the names and addresses of contacts at our area nursing or elder care facilities. Mail your cards to them so they can hang them in public spaces and share them with the elders in these facilities. Your messages can be ones of love, appreciation, and community, whatever moves you! You can focus on Mother’s Day or another reason, the main idea is that we are sharing our joy with folks who have not been able to have their friends and family nearby!

If you join us, please send us some photos of your cards before they go out! Email pictures to info@gmunitedway.org or post them to our Facebook page!

  • Genesis Health and Rehab:   Melissa Haupt or Melody Richardson , 98 Hospitality Drive, Berlin,  05603
  • Woodridge Nursing Home:  Dana Figueroa, 142 Woodridge Drive, Berlin, VT  05602
  • Heaton Woods Senior Residence:  Attn: Susie – Activities, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier, 05602
  • The Gary Residence: Residents, 149 Main Street, Montpelier, 05602
  • Barre Gardens:  Susan Gile, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, 05641
  • Mayo Healthcare:  Activities Dept , 71 Richardson Avenue, Northfield, 05663
  • Menig Nursing Home: 215 Tom Wicker Lane, Randolph Center, VT 05061
  • Greensboro Nursing Home:  Activities Dept, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, 05841
  • The Pines Rehabilitation & Health: Attn: Lizbeth Rodgers, Activities, 601 Red Village Rd, Lyndonville, VT 05851
  • St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab: Attn: Maria Luggelle, Admission Dir, 1248 Hospital Dr, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

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