The CDC and VT Department of Health are recommending masks or cloth face coverings when we are out in public to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. To address this right here in our communities, the Orleans Northern Essex (ONE) Response and Recovery Team is working on a project to provide masks to everyone in our region who needs them.
Please click the button below if you need to request a mask please know we are working on getting this project off the ground. You should contact NEKCA in Newport to find out if they have masks available at this time. When we have masks available we will post a request form here.
Currently, we are seeking stitchers to help sew masks from kits. The ONE Team has been the recipient of a generous donation of mask kits (including fabric and elastic to make adult and child-sized masks) from Vermont Teddy Bear Company – we just need stitchers to sew them! If you sew or know folks who do and are able to volunteer some time to sew masks for our neighbors, please fill out the Volunteer Stitcher Form below or use this link, We would also love your help to share this message with your networks to help us find volunteer stitchers who can help!
This week, we took the incredible generosity of Vermonters from across our region and were able to fund 19 nonprofit organizations doing critical work to support individuals and families in a huge variety of ways throughout the community. we 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.
Barre Community Justice Center
Burke Senior Meal Site
Kitchen equipment to meet increased demand for senior meals
Catamount Film & Arts
Production of PPE for healthcare & community, employee support
Personal Protective & Telehealth Equipment
Danville Senior Activity Center
Materials to package meals for seniors to meet increased demand
Critical and stable housing support
East Burke School
Digital equipment to connect students to remote education
Support of meal preparation for formerly homeless guests now living in hotels
Family Center Washington County
Support of families with young children to maintain connectivity
Good Samaritan Haven
Housing support for those formerly housed at shelter in Barre, now in hotels, retrofits to shelter to continue to serve guests
North Country Hospital
Support for furloughed workers and families
Town of Charleston
Continued service of emergency food for seniors in West Charleston
Food for seniors, shift in continuation of services for those impacted by domestic violence
United Way Lamoille County/Lamoille Family Center
Creation and distribution of education packets for home bound families in Caledonia County
Phase 2 Grantees
Easter Seals of Vermont
CVT & NEK
Telehealth for families, direct support for families including grocery cards, gas cards, fuel assistance, PPE
Faith In Action
Increased need for food, cost of food and food transportation
Island Pond Community Service
Cooking equipment to support expanded Meals on Wheels services
Northeast Kingdom Youth Services
Support for Zero Suicide Initiative Team Weekly Virtual Wellness Classes
Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice
Connectivity-specific funding to connect 5 families to telehealth services
Waterbury Area Senior Center
Support for increased needs and expenses for Meals on Wheels program
Applications are now being accepted for the Green Mountain United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Response Fund.
Green Mountain United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief & Response Fund was created to support the immediate and critical needs caused by COVID-19 and emergency response within the Green Mountain United Way service area of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties. Understanding that every dollar is needed by our community to address the increased critical needs as quickly as possible, we have created a streamlined application process including this form and to be submitted along with a brief letter on agency letterhead describing the need you are requesting funding for. 100% of this fund will be given as small-dollar grants ranging from $250-$2,000 to essential non-profit agencies who are working to address the following needs, which are aligned with five goals identified by our Accountable Communities for Health regional teams. These goals include work to ensure that individuals are: Well-Nourished; Well-Housed; Physically and Mentally Healthy; Financially Stable; Have the Ability to Meet Basic Needs.
Preference for funding will be given to non-profits partners who are members of the Accountable Community for Health leadership teams in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK Prosper) and Washington/Northern Orange County (THRIVE) but access to this fund is not limited ACH partners. Any request for funds should be done by 501c3 nonprofit organizations and should demonstrate alignment with the shared goals listed above as they relate to needs created or exacerbated by COVID-19.
We are offering the application in two formats, Word:
Please include a 1-page letter describing the need for funds on agency letterhead and the application form. Please return both documents to Green Mountain United Way’s Executive Director Tawnya Kristen via email at email@example.com or by mail at 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of keeping employees and our Working Bridges clients in the healthcare sector safe, we are moving to a remote tele-coordination system effective immediately, Monday, March 16, 2020.
We understand the challenge of working remotely in a rural area and have identified a variety of methods that should work for the vast majority of those of you who need to contact your Resource Coordinator.
Employees and HR professionals at our Working Bridges sites in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom can access Resource Coordinators through the following contact methods:
Email: Both Laurie and Michelle can be confidentially emailed using one email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which employer you work for and the nature of your issue.
Text: The phone number above are cell phones and can receive texts
Video conferencing: If face-to-face contact is preferred by you, our client, Laurie is an Apple iPhone user and can Facetime with clients, or can use Google Hangouts, Michelle has access to Google Hangouts.
Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) has moved to a drop-off system. Please ask your HR department for a VITA packet for your upcoming appointment. You will need to include all paperwork, including a photocopy of your ID and Social Security card(s) in order for us to complete your taxes. Paperwork will be mailed to you for signatures prior to submission to the IRS.
The Health Department is closely monitoring the developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Vermont is prepared to respond to protect and support Vermonters.
As of 1:00 p.m. on March 11, 2020:
Vermont cases of COVID-19
Vermont cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization
Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19
Vermonters being monitored
Vermonters who have completed monitoring
On March 7, 2020, health officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Vermont.This Bennington County case is considered presumptive pending Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmation.
The State of Vermont Wednesday announced the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center to support the ongoing work of the Vermont Department of Health and expand the capacity of state government to coordinate the COVID-19 response.
The State Emergency Operations Center is working closely with health officials to develop guidance on, and answer questions about, whether large gatherings and events should be canceled. At this time, officials are not recommending these events be canceled, but that guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves.
It is reasonable for older adults and persons with underlying health conditions to consider not attending a mass gathering event. Health Department and Agency of Education officials continue to work with colleges, universities and other educational institutions on guidance about potential closures of their facilities.
The Health Department is focused on ensuring its most vulnerable populations are protected, and is working to continuously update guidance and address emerging needs of long-term care facilities as new information becomes available.
The adult patient is a Bennington County resident, currently hospitalized and in an airborne infection isolation room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
On March 8, Governor Phil Scott, along with Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith and Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Christopher Herrick held a press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center to update Vermonters about this first case and of state preparedness and response efforts.
Public health epidemiologists are working to investigate possible travel or exposure history and to identify anyone who had close contact with the person. Those individuals will be assessed for their exposure risk and provided with guidance for their health. Where appropriate, they will receive recommendations for self-isolation or other restrictions.
We are also talking with the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to ensure they are properly cared for and protected, so that other patients are also protected.
We expect, and are prepared for, more cases in Vermont, and are taking every action to limit the spread of illness.
In addition to protecting a patient’s personal health information, state health and public safety officials are committed to ensuring that Vermonters are aware of any risk to themselves and their community. This is the essential work of public health. We will contact anyone identified as at-risk as part of any case investigation, and recommend they stay home for 14 days or follow other restrictions as needed.
To make sure tests that are determined to be medically necessary are free, the Department of Financial Regulation will issue an emergency bulletin requiring Vermont health insurers to waive any out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing including testing during emergency room, urgent care, and office visits.
Similarly, no cost-sharing will be applied to COVID-19 testing for Medicaid members. And the cost of testing for anyone who is uninsured will also be absorbed by state government. Only about 3% of Vermonters do not have health care coverage.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also announced that those receiving health insurance through Medicare are eligible for medically necessary COVID-19 testing at no cost.
Containment and Prevention Measures
We expect there will be more cases of COVID-19 in the state. Vermont Health Officials urge Vermonters to stay informed and take all necessary precautions.
Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, returning travelers whose last day in China, Italy, South Korea or Iran was March 4 or afterwards should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. Travelers returning from Japan should monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States.
All travelers who have returned from those countries in the last 14 days should call the Health Department at 802-863-7240. The Health Department will be in regular contact with you for 14 days since the day you left the affected area to monitor you for symptoms of shortness of breath, cough or fever. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.
Since the virus first emerged, the Vermont Health Department has been in constant contact with CDC and other states to closely monitor developments, and work to minimize the spread of illness. State government has been advising health care providers, schools, emergency responders on the latest information and preventive measures, and providing guidance and updates on the website and through the news media. This is a quickly evolving situation with new information guiding actions on an ongoing basis. Staff across the Department of Health are working in the Health Operations Center to adjust our response as appropriate to the situation in Vermont.
Epidemiologists and public health nurses have been following CDC protocols for monitoring people who have recently returned from travel to affected areas (which currently includes China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan). Monitoring means checking their temperature daily, watching for symptoms, and for some people, staying home.
The Vermont Department of Health has compiled helpful guidance on how to help keep respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 from spreading, travel information and situation updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This can all be found at healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.
Last week (week of February 24), the CDC made testing kits available to the states, and this week (week of March 1), the Health Department Laboratory began testing for COVID-19.
At the direction of Governor Phil Scott, Vermont Emergency Management assembled an interagency task force to support the overall public health response and further prepare for the likelihood of COVID-19 cases in Vermont. This task force is focused on forward-looking, situation-specific mitigation planning, while the Vermont Department of Health continues its containment strategy in response to the current situation.
The Health Department is working to strengthen protections for older Vermonters, including developing screening questions for visitors to long-term care facilities to identify anyone at risk. These have been made available for hospitals or other health care facilities.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine is holding weekly calls with health care leadership around the state to provide updates and answer questions about the current situation.
Guidance for Vermonters
When to call?
If you have questions about COVID-19: Dial 2-1-1
If you are returning from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea or Japan: Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240
If you are ill, have symptoms, or concerned about your health: Call your health care provider
Guidance for Specific Groups
Schools and child care programs: The Health Department worked with the Agency of Education and the Department for Children and Families to issue public health guidance on March 10. The two documents below provide technical guidance for officials to guide their decision-making process.
Long-term care facilities: A visitor screening tool was provided to long-term care facilities, and similar one for hospitals to help protect patients and/or residents and staff these facilities. These documents have also been posted on healthvermont.gov/covid19, under “Long-Term Care Facilities” and “Health Care Professionals.”
Guidance for Travelers Returning to Vermont from an Affected Area
Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, returning travelers whose last day in China, Italy, South Korea or Iran was March 4, 2020 or afterwards should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. Travelers returning from Japan should monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States.
All travelers who have returned from those countries in the last 14 days should call Health Department infectious disease and epidemiology staff at 802-863-7240 to discuss monitoring for symptoms of shortness of breath, cough or fever. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.
Household members who did not travel do not need to be monitored and do not need to stay home, unless that person develops symptoms.
Guidance for People in Close Contact with a Person who Tested Positive for COVID-19
People who have been identified by the Health Department as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home, practice social distancing and monitor their health for 14 days.
Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
The Health Department will be in contact with you regularly during the monitoring period. If you develop symptoms: Call your health care provider right away. Before you go to an appointment, let your health care provider know that you are being monitored for novel coronavirus. Call Health Department epidemiology and infectious disease staff at 802-863-7240. Avoid contact with others.
What does close contact mean?
“Close contact” means being within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a long time.
This can happen when caring for, being intimate partners with, or living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Or if you shared a health care waiting area.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: stay home, limit contact with others, and call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240 Staff will discuss whether you need to see a provider, and how you will monitor yourself for symptoms. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, the Health Department conducts outreach to close contacts of the individual.
Close contact does not mean being more than six feet away in the same indoor environment for a long period of time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; It also does not mean walking by, or briefly being in the same room with someone who tested positive. In these situations, you should observe yourself for symptoms. You do not need to call the Health Department.
Anyone who develops symptoms should stay home and call their health care provider.
People At Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including older adults and people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. According to the CDC, these people should take extra precautions including:
Stocking up on supplies
Avoiding cruise travel and non-essential air travel
Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Vermont Department of Health website contains guidance and answers to frequently asked questions, including:
What does “monitoring” mean?
Information for people under monitoring
What does close contact mean?
How can I protect myself?
Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public?
Guidance for travelers returning to Vermont from an affected area
Where is it safe to travel internationally?
I am returning from an affected area. What should I do?
Who can get tested for COVID-19?
What should people planning large gatherings in Vermont do?
What is the turnaround time for testing?
Where can I find translated materials?
Can the Health Department provide documentation that I can go to work?
Rachel, the Job Developer at Vermont Works for Women, was
recently certified as a K.E.E.P. Financial Coach. As part of the economic
stability work that she does, Rachel helps women improve their resumes, as well
as set and plan for career goals, but recently she was asked to present to a group of women at a domestic violence shelter here in Northern Vermont about money management basics. The women in the group all live together at the shelter and are comfortable and familiar with one another so discussing
finances was something they felt able to do together. Rachel decided to use her Financial Coaching skills to help them build skills and learn new tools during her time with them.
For many women domestic abuse and financial abuse often go
together. Some of the women in attendance had left difficult circumstances with
little or no money because their former partner had emptied their shared bank
accounts. Circumstances like these make financial conversations even more
difficult because of the strong emotions associated with money.
For the workshop, Rachel set her own goal of sharing some of
the basic money-management skills she had learned in becoming a K.E.E.P.
Using a cash-flow spending plan and scheduling
bills/expenses to line up with income so you can make it through the month
Tracking expenses in order to know where your
money is going
Saving money for emergencies with a goal of $500
Plugging spending leaks, exercising mindfulness
around spending, and looking to reduce, not necessarily eliminate, certain
Making SMART financial goals
Many of the participants had never heard of SMART goal
setting. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and
Time-bound and is used in financial coaching to break down a big goal (I want
to buy a house) into smaller goals that work toward that end (I want to raise
my credit score 50 points by next May).
One participant was hoping to get her own apartment and the
group workshopped her goal to help her break it down into smaller SMART goals
with deadlines. They determined how much she would need to save each week, how
she was going to logistically make sure that the money was saved – would she put
cash aside in an envelope? Open a separate savings account? Could she have a
portion of her paycheck automatically deposited? Did she have to visit the bank
each week? In the end, the woman left with a step-by-step plan that was
tailored to her specific needs, habits, and life, and she knew exactly how she
was going to save up for an apartment.
Rachel was glad to see the women each considering how the
different skills and tools she brought could make a difference in their
As a coach, Rachel plans to continue to use these tools with
the women she sees one-on-one and other small groups that Vermont Works for
VT’s Annual Count of Homelessness Shows Mixed Results
MONTPELIER, VT – 1,291 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless on a single night in January, an increase of 66 people, or 5%, compared to the 2017 one‐day count. The 2018 Point‐in‐Time (PIT) Count Report, released today by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, shows an overall increase in homelessness.
May’s contact volume of 1,737 reflects the more financially manageable period that the warmer months provide for many here in Vermont. The annual increase in contact volume that the fall and winter months always bring, with requests for home heating assistance and emergency shelter, always taper off in May. For many Vermonters the summer season means time for catching up on overdo utility bills, making much needed vehicle repairs, and setting aside whatever they can in anticipation of another long cold winter. Although all Vermonters can well appreciate the relief and relative comfort that our summer weather brings, historically, contact volume will begin to climb again after just a brief lull. The summer months can present their own, albeit less threatening, set of issues for many Vermont families with children. The day-to-day rhythm of the school year has been broken, and with “summer vacation” can come the need for additional child care and a well-stocked pantry.
Each year, the onset of summer brings with it the types of requests for information and referral that reflect a heightened anxiety about the typical day-to-day struggles that some Vermont families continue to face. This year’s May data already reveals that for the first five months of 2018 an average of 254 referrals a month were made to Public Assistance Programs like 3SquaresVT, Medicaid, and most frequently, the State of Vermont’s General Assistance program, which primarily provides emergency assistance in the form of temporary housing for people who are experiencing homelessness. Throughout July and August Vermont’s community food pantries, free summer lunch programs for children, locally sponsored community meals, fresh food distribution programs, and community gardens will do their best to respond to the rise in demand for supplemental food support. Thankfully, many Vermonters understand the food insecurity that summer may bring to many of their neighbors’ households, and they are volunteering to positively impact as many lives as possible through their volunteer efforts of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce to food pantries, meal sites, and local distribution points.
The numbers are in! Vermont’s participation in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was a huge success. Vermont 2-1-1’s contribution to the effort is noted by the sudden increase in Community Planning and Public Works. A total of 88 contacts were made to 2-1-1 (via phone, email, text) looking for programs that accept and safely dispose of unwanted or outdated medication. This was a thirty percent increase over 2017. Additionally, 541 searches were made in May on the Vermont 2-1-1 website for medication disposal. This represents forty-eight percent of the searches for the month of May.
Who doesn’t like to get outside, explore, and enjoy the fresh air! In the month of June, the sun is shining and the temps are rising. In Vermont, a popular and well enjoyed outside activity is to explore the farmer’s markets all over the state. Farmer’s market offer an array of locally grown produce, farm goods, savory treats, fresh flowers and handmade crafts. Some farmer’s markets even offer activities for children and musical entertainment. Look here to find a farmer’s market near you.
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding more almond milk to thin, or more frozen strawberries or ice to thicken.
2. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lime for acidity, banana for sweetness, or watermelon for a more intense watermelon flavor. Serves 2 – top with additional chia seeds to mock watermelon seeds!
Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.[Serving size: 1 smoothie (1/2 of recipe) Calories: 182 Fat: 6.2g Saturated fat: 0.8g Carbohydrates: 30g Sugar: 14g Sodium: 48mg Fiber: 9g Protein: 5g]
Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.
Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 156 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for May here.
Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics
In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of May:
Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO); Center for Restorative Justice; Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; Good Samaritan Network
Top Search by City: Lincoln; New Haven; Burlington; Bridport; Hancock
Total Site Visits: 6086
Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1716
Nanci Gordon, the newest Outreach Specialist for Vermont 2-1-1 in Rutland and Bennington Counties, was most recently the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for College of St. Joseph in Rutland from which she graduated summa cum laude and still serves both as an adjunct instructor in Communications and the Vice President of the Alumni Association.
She is also a graduate of the New School Center for Media in Albany, NY — which launched her nearly thirty years in broadcasting, serving stations in Middlebury, VT and Glens Falls, NY, as well as in Rutland. Because of her passion and experience, she operates a small business — Nanci Gordon Media Services — which boasts its own new studio in Middlebury.
Nanci also has fifteen years’ experience in the non-profit sector — with Housing Trust of Rutland County, Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter, Community Care Network, Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation, and United Way of Rutland County.
Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Did you know…?
• Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in Vermont.
•More than 13,000 Vermonters are living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
• 6.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
• Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia will have cost the nation $277 billion in 2018.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning and solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgement
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality
To find resources, search these Taxonomy Terms in the Vermont 2-1-1 database
We’ve just launched our new Volunteer Connection and are working harder than ever to connect volunteers with their passion to help our community!
In the past few weeks we have launched our brand NEW Volunteer Connection platform through our website! Check it out to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities in our communities and find a way to give back that engages your passion and helps your community! There are tons of incredible ways to help, so take a look at our nonprofit partners, the new opportunities, and some of the incredible events that these organizations put on to help them accomplish their mission! This is the best and easiest way to be part of the change that makes our communities thrive! And, TODAY is Vermont Gives Day! This is the perfect time to support us or your favorite Vermont nonprofit organizations. Check out more about VT Gives Day or donate now.
In gratitude, Carrie Stahler Director of Funding and Program Development
Congratulations to our NEW K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches! On May 2 our second class of Financial Coaches completed Intro to Financial Coaching and they are now working with clients in the community. We congratulate each of them for their hard work and thank them for joining us to improve the financial stability of our communities! Read more…
Diaper Drive, Saturday, May 19 at The Family Center of Washington County
Did you know that 1 in 3 Vermont families struggle with diaper needs? Support families in the community by dropping off diapers between May 7 – 20.
Diaper drop-boxes can be found at Montpelier Shaw’s, Berlin Shaw’s, and at the Green Mountain Transit Office (6088 VT Route 12).
If you are unable to donate at these locations, consider a one-time or recurring donation on-lineat:fcwcvt.org/donate/
Stop by The Family Center of Washington County on Saturday, May 19 to drop off your diapers and enjoy the Family Flea Market!
Nonprofit Partners: Join us for our Quarterly Volunter Coordinator Meeting on Wednesday, May 23 in Barre – RSVP Now!
We are holding a series of quarterly meetings to help share best practices for volunteerism, resources, and encourage networking among volunteer coordinators in our communities. Meetings will alternate between Central VT and the Northeast Kingdom. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.
14th Annual Golf Classic
Registration Now Open!
Come golf with us at the Barre Country Club on Friday, August 24 from 10:00am – 5:00 pm. Registration includes cart, meal, and greens fees! Register Now!
Or, consider sponsoring and get complimentary registrations with certain sponsorship levels!
Vermont Gives Day 2018 is May 17
All Day TODAY, until midnight tonight, you can support your favorite nonprofit organizations as part of Vermont Gives. Green Mountain United Way is hoping to raise $1000 for our K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program to help more families get financial knowledge and support they need to thrive! Learn more about VT Gives here or donate now!
Please NOTE – This Course is open to current FINANCIAL COACHES ONLY. If you have not yet taken Intro to Financial Coaching you will not be able to attend this course.
The Community Campaign closes in June, help us hit our goal of $500,000! We are so close and need your help to make our goal! Help those in your community and make a lasting impact in health, education, and financial stability!
FamilyWize is excited to announce that new features have been added to the FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet. Now available both as a free online tool and within our mobile app, the medicine cabinet helps you to better manage your family’s prescription drug costs, store important information about each prescription, and price compare across local pharmacies in your area.
A Powerful Prescription Drug Price Comparison Tool
The Medicine Cabinet makes it easy to store all of your family’s prescription information in one secure location. Use the Medicine Cabinet to:
Create a personal profile to save and track your family’s prescription drug price searches
Search and compare prescription drug prices within a designated zip code
Compare pricing between generic and brand name prescription meds
Instantly access your FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
With our latest updates, you can also use the FamilyWize mobile app to:
Set prescription refill reminders
Save dosage information for each prescription
Set and save your favorite local pharmacy for faster price checks
Receive a reminder to use your FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card every time you enter your favorite pharmacy
Keeping your family’s prescription drug information in one place enables you to save valuable time and money – without ever having to call or visit multiple pharmacies or conduct multiple online searches.
Manage All Your Prescriptions With One Tool
Imagine “Samantha,” a working mother juggling the healthcare purchases for herself, her husband, and their daughter, who was born with a heart condition. After her daughter’s most recent check-up, Samantha logs into the FamilyWize Medicine Cabinet.