I volunteer because…

Join Green Mountain United Way in celebrating volunteers in April for National Volunteer Month.
Our goal is to celebrate volunteers who make a difference in our community! This year is even more important because so many volunteers have stepped up to make sure their community is cared for during the pandemic. Please share this with your friends and neighbors who volunteer so they can share why you do what you do with us and help us celebrate volunteerism across our communities!
The easy DIY version:

  1. Print off the “I volunteer because” placard and fill in the blank space with the reason you volunteer
  2. Take a selfie holding your placard or have a friend/family member take your photo
  3. Email your “I volunteer because” to cstahler@gmunitedway.org

Alternate version if you cannot print the placard:

  1. Fill in the online form here
  2. Take a selfie holding a blank piece of paper, or, just a regular selfie if a blank piece of paper is not easily accessible
  3. Email the image to cstahler@gmunitedway.org and we will make the “I volunteer because” graphic!

All submissions will be shared in a gallery on the Green Mountain United Way website, on social media, and in the United Way newsletter.

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We are hiring a Working Communities Challenge Barre District Project Director

Job details

Salary $56,000 – $61,000 a year

Job Type: Full-time, Contract

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s (Required)
  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Driver’s License (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)

Full Job Description

Project Director of Working Communities Challenge-Greater Barre Team
POSITION TITLE: Director of Working Communities Challenges-Greater Barre Team
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time, Exempt (Grant funded position through 2023)
REPORTS TO: WCC Leadership Team and Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director

ABOUT THE WORKING COMMUNITIES CHALLENGE GRANT

The Working Communities Challenge (WCC) is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Vermont, national and local philanthropy, and private sector employers.

The Greater Barre Team, comprised of stakeholders representing non-profit, health care, business and community leaders, received a three-year grant to implement an initiative that will help to lower the rate of single female head of households in poverty in the Greater Barre community. The workforce development system will achieve economic stability and improved quality of life for single mothers living in poverty and create a conduit for stable and supported employees for the mutual benefit of local businesses, communities and future generations. The plan will lower the rate of single female head of Barre households in poverty by 15% in 10 years. To achieve this, The Greater Barre leadership team will utilize the Working Bridges program structure to create a ‘no wrong door’ system that supports new and current employees and employers in a seamless way.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Project Director of WCC Greater Barre will work under the direction of the Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director and collaborate with the WCC Barre Team and committees. The Project Director will manage and implement the work plan, including facilitating and advancing the talents, voices and priorities of the WCC Barre team. The success of a Project Director will be by effectively coordinating and supporting a collaborative team of diverse stakeholders, managing an effective program that directly meets the need of participants and employers, and creating a strategic alignment with innovative systemic change.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Advance collaborative leadership. Facilitates meetings, mediates conflict, helps information to flow between partners, builds trust among partners, fundraises for joint projects, and builds the overall capacity of the WCC Greater Barre team to work towards their desired outcomes

Spectrum of participants. Ensure that a broad range of influence and participants are included in the evolution of the program and supporting program components

Establish decision-making process. Ensure that all team decisions are aligned with the process outlined in the Collective Impact team member agreement

Support team priorities and activities. Carry out pilot programs, align mutually reinforcing activities in community, manage key strategic directions.

Manage Work Plan Implementation

Responsible for managing the implementation of the WCC Greater Barre team work plan, building partner ownership of plan, and overseeing updates when needed

Advancing Partnerships and Community Engagement
Engage employers, human service providers, financial institutions, potential participants and community members. Lead or assist with community engagement efforts so that community voices, especially those with lived experience, are included in the design and governance of the initiative.

Implement a structure to meet stated goals

Assist in grant management and reporting

Intern/VISTA Management
Assist in the management of community volunteers, interns and/or VISTA

Shared Measurement/Learning and Analysis. Help drive learning agenda for team including data collection, tracking and interpreting data, and using data to inform progress success and identifies areas of opportunity and gaps

Communication
Lead communications with the WCC team, community members, volunteers, and participant coaches. Assist in shared learning communication with WCC steering committee, WCC sister teams, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and participating partners

Program Management
Provide direct oversight of program development and expansion. Coordinate and manage workplace and program trainings and activities. Assist in program component design, implementation, and evolution. Support program-related needs of coach/participant.

DESIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Ability to successfully lead while collaborating with stake holders
  • Ability to provide connective style leadership that offers a balance of self-directed, relational/group connectivity, and strategic foresight to accomplish shared goals
  • Ability to provide innovative solutions to system-based challenges
  • Manage day to day issues as needed
  • Able to manage complexity and prioritize needs
  • Ability to facilitate large group conversations in a fair, inclusive, and equitable manner
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Accountability (RBA), or comparable methods, that support data-driven, decision-making process that includes measurement and methods to improve complex social problems
  • Ability to interpret, report and utilize data to inform project development and participant goals
  • Ability to define roles of team members to best utilize their talent and time
  • Basic knowledge of budget management and non-profit funding resources
  • Well skilled in administration and organizational management
  • Self-directed, team player and passion to bring positive change to communities
  • Economic development and/or workforce development experience

Personal Characteristics and Leadership Qualities

The Program Director will be a key member of the GMUW and Greater Barre WCC leadership team and hold the responsibility of being a steward of the WCC Greater Barre mission and goals. This includes being a positive, effective and supportive role model. The ideal candidate will demonstrate high emotional intelligence with ability to collaborate with a diverse and dynamic team and participants. Commitment to equity and inclusion for all dimensions of identity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5+ years’ experience managing complex projects, community/workforce development, human service and/or non-profit, community organizing, or a related field
  • Comfort with using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and MS Office products

Physical/Other Requirements

Remote work will be required with periodic time at Green Mountain United Way Barre office, community site, or local employer as needed.

Position is primarily a normal office setting with long periods of sedentary work at desk and computer

Green Mountain United Way provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Related keywords: project manager, director, public health

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $56,000.00 – $61,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
All staff and/or visitors are required to wear a mask and socially distance when on-site at the Green Mountain United Way office. Remote work option is in place for all current employees.

Application Question(s):

  • Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Required)

Experience:

  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)
  • shared measurement and analysis: 3 years (Preferred)
  • advanced collaborative communication and group facilitation: 3 years (Required)
  • grant management and reporting: 3 years (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • Driver’s License (Required)

Contract Renewal:

  • Not possible

Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

Company’s website:

  • https://www.bostonfed.org/workingplaces/communities-challenge/vermont.aspx

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply
  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings

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Green Mountain United Way Welcomes Mead and Pivetti to the Board

Green Mountain United Way’s board of directors has added two new members. In January, the board unanimously elected Kevin Mead of Newport as the newest board member at their quarterly board meeting. Mead is the Executive Director of the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and brings fundraising experience, as well as volunteer recruitment and management experience as the VP of Resource Development with Spokane of County United Way in Spokane, Washington to the Green Mountain United Way board. ]

Mead offered, “Returning to New England after 25 years away, I am able to see that while Vermont is prosperous in many ways, there are challenges we see on a daily basis. I’m pleased to be able to bring my experience to the board to support and build staff capacity and caring across the five counties Green Mountain United Way serves to address important issues like equity, diversity, and prosperity, as I come to understand local solutions that are unique to Vermont.”

“Kevin brings an in-depth understanding of the United Way network and the unique experience of having worked for a United Way, as well as having run nonprofit organizations. We are also thrilled to have Kevin represent the Northeast Kingdom region to help better connect with communities in our broad service region,” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.

Also joining the board from the Central Vermont community is Gail Pivetti of Montpelier. Pivetti is Marketing Director for Green Mountain Community Fitness in Berlin. Gail brings with her a depth of experience in nonprofit communications and marketing with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“I’m passionate about working to improve the lives of folks in our community and I believe Green Mountain United Way is uniquely positioned to provide wrap-around support for people who might not otherwise have access,” offered the new member from Montpelier. “At the board level, I bring a willingness to find and support new modes of operating and new ways of thinking; I am excited to be part of furthering the mission of Green Mountain United Way,” she continued.

In their new board roles, Pivetti and Mead will help steer the organization’s mission to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all Vermonters in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties in Vermont.

These new members fill seats vacated by Michael Rama and Carissa Tomczyk, both of Northfield, who stepped off the board when their terms ended.

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Tatum’s Totes: Current Items Needed to Support Foster Children

Baby and Infant Items (Updated 2/25/2021)

We are currently seeing an increase in infants entering the foster care system and in order to keep up, we are in need of Baby Care items. Please provide only new items in their packages. The best way to think about this as you obtain items is to imagine what a family would need if a baby was delivered tomorrow! While biological families have months to prepare, foster families often have 24 hours notice. We are seeking the following items in sizes appropriate for babies 0 to 2 years old, including:

  • Receiving Blankets
  • Baby Bottles and Nipples
  • Pacifiers
  • Bathing Items (tear-free soap, baby wash, towels, etc.)
  • Teethers
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Plush stuffed toys
  • Nasal aspirators
  • Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks or teething rattles
  • Thermometers

For more info or to schedule a contact-free drop-off or pick-up, email info@gmunitedway.org.

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VITA is Virtual for 2021

VITA is now accepting clients for 2020 tax preparation. Clients must fit the VITA guidelines for 2020 including a household income of $57,000 or less (please note, federal COVID-19 Relief Payments do not count towards taxable income). The IRS opens up to accept VITA tax returns on February 12, 2021.

If you work at one of our Working Bridges worksites, you can access our Virtual VITA Program. Our preparers are virtual this year, all materials will be collected by your Working Bridges Resource Coordinator and provided to your VITA preparer. You will have the opportunity to answer questions and provide additional information as needed.

The following Working Bridges worksites are participating in VITA this year:

ABC & LOL Childcare – ask Heather or Michelle for info, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Central Vermont Medical Center – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

Northern Counties Health Care (& Caledonia Home Health & Hospice) – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Weidmann Electrical Technology – Contact HR for packet information, or contact Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Michelle Clark at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9517.

Vermont Foodbank – contact HR for packet information or Central VT WB Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty at wbrc@gmunitedway.org or 802-793-9719.

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Tatum’s Totes 2020 Holiday Drive a Success

Thank you to our incredible community partners, our Department for Childre & Families partners, and the intrepid GMUW staff for making this joy a reality for over 210 children this year! 2020 had its challenges but you met them all with an hope hard and that extra level of effort that this year has demanded of all of us, please know this made a difference for so many foster children and their foster families!

Thank you to our business & community group partners:

  • Union Mutual Insurance
  • VSECU
  • Edward Jones offices
  • Noyle Johnson Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Hickok Boardman Insurance
  • The Barre Rotary Club
  • The Montpelier Rotary Club
  • The Northfield Rotary Club
  • The First Congregational Church of Berlin
  • Warren United Church
  • Bible Baptist Church, Barre
  • And many individual donors who supported this work this year

Special thanks to the Resource Coordinators and Caseworkers at the Department for Children and Families for being part of our Elf Corps, and to Granite Group in Barre for sending a van to be our delivery sleigh! And thanks to the folks at Hunger Mountain Coop for their contribution to our gift boxes!

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Tatum’s Totes Back-to-School Item Drive

We are taking the opportunity of the delay in the start of school to hold a back-to-school drive for foster children and children experiencing homelessness. Please see the list of the items we need below. All items can be dropped off in the drop box at our new office located in the Green Mountain Community Fitness building, 652 Granger Road, Barre, first floor. Ideally we would like to have items delivered by September 8 so we can get them to children across our five-county region.

Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. You can purchase age-appropriate books through their website and leave them at Bear Pond for our staff to pick up! Support a local business by supporting children in our community, win-win!

Items needed for Back-to-School Drive

  • Child-sized masks
  • Backpacks – child and teen sized, gender-neutral and all colors
  • School Supplies:
    • Markers
    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Pencil Sharpeners
    • Pocket Folders
    • Spiral Notebooks
    • Composition Books
    • Erasers
    • Calculators
  • Age-Appropriate Books – list available to buy at bearpondbooks/tatumstotes
  • Arts and Crafts Items:
    • Colored Pencils
    • Watercolor Pencils
    • Brushes and Watercolors
    • Sketchbooks
    • Journals
    • Origami Paper
  • Playing Cards
  • Games
  • Puzzels
  • Mad Libs
  • Maze Books
  • Activity Books
    • Math Activities
    • Literacy/Spelling
    • Map Activities
    • Other activity books

Questions about the back-to-school drive? Email Carrie at cstahler@gmunitedway.org.

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K.E.E.P. Financial Coaches Fall Networking and Forum Opportunities

Join us! This fall we are holding two virtual meetings for our KEEP Financial Coaches to provide chances to connect, learn, share, and shape the future of our KEEP Financial Coaching program. We want to hear from you!

1. “Networking and Story Sharing Event” – Thursday, September 17th – 10:00am – 11:30am

How has your experience been? How have things changed for you as a financial coach? Bring your experience with your role, changes to your work, and how you’ve been able to use your financial coaching skills and knowledge during the pandemic with clients and your community.
This has also been a time of amazing opportunity for growth and creativity. Bring your COVID-19 struggles, triumphs and innovations – we want to hear all about your experiences as pandemic Financial Coaches and connect you with other coaches as well.

2. “Shaping the Future” – Thursday, September 24th – 10:00am – 11:30am

This second meeting is centered around the ways financial coaching intersects with YOUR work and focus areas. We are offering the opportunity to participate in smaller group discussions facilitated in breakout sessions. Your breakout session topic will be based on your survey responses and direct feedback about what you’d most like to talk about with fellow coaches in a facilitated discussion format. Our goal is to understand how this program can successfully translate to a virtual space and how we can continue to support you and your work with clients.

Questions? Email Julia Davis at jdavis@gmunitedway.org

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