Green Mountain United Way is pleased to announce the recent hire of Heather Labounty to its Working Bridges Program Staff. Heather Labounty has been hired to serve Working Bridges worksite locations as the full-time Northeast Kingdom Resource Coordinator.
Before joining Green Mountain United Way, Heather Labounty worked as a community health coordinator at Northern Counties Health Care. “I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of a growing organization that helps those in my own communities. I think this will be a great way to use my experience to help others, that’s what really motivates me,” said Ms. Labounty.
“After an extensive interview process, we were so pleased to hire Heather to this role. She brings with her invaluable on-the-ground experience serving the community in the Northeast Kingdom, and we are so fortunate to be able to bring this experience to the Northeast Kingdom employers and employees we serve through the Working Bridges program.” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.
Working Bridges is an employee-service and workforce development program offered to business partners in the Green Mountain United Way service area covering the Northeast Kingdom and Central Vermont. Since launching the program in their service region in 2016, Green Mountain United Way’s Working Bridges program has expanded to serve four large employers and one small employer with a combined workforce of over 2000 individuals.
“This program has expanded so much in just two short years and we are so happy to have Heather join us to support this growth. Her experience and her open, friendly personality are an asset to the program and the community. We believe that the employees served by Working Bridges will be in excellent hands and that this will be a smooth and easy transition for Heather and for the workforce we support,” offered Pam Bailey
, Director of Programs and Operations at Green Mountain United Way and program manager for Working Bridges.
Ms. Labounty lives with her husband and two sons in St. Johnsbury and ran her own daycare center before changing her career to join the human services sector. She serves on the board of Sid’s Pantry, a food shelf in Concord, Vermont and is actively involved in her sons’ baseball league.
Green Mountain United Way celebrated the individuals and organizations in their five-county service region with an award ceremony at their Annual Breakfast at Norwich University’s Milano Ballroom on Tuesday, September 25th.
“The recipients of these awards embody the heart and soul of the work we are doing at Green Mountain United Way,” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way. “Through hands-on efforts at the community level, these organizations and individuals are bringing together individuals, ideas, efforts and resources to build lasting change across our communities.”
Green Mountain United Way was proud to honor six outstanding organizations and individuals at this year’s award ceremony with business, government, nonprofit and community partners in attendance. These awards are given to organizations who have shown exceptional leadership, effort, and impact in communities throughout Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties during the past year.
These awards focus on Green Mountain United Way’s partners who are making a significant difference within the community they live, work or serve and the many ways that our work integrates with the broader goals of those who we work with to serve the community and also recognize success in fundraising through United Way Workplace Campaigns and highlight partners who went the extra mile to facilitate a successful giving campaign for their community. This year’s awardees are:
Community Impact Award – University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC)
This award is given to an organization who has made an exceptional contribution to the community through their dedication and commitment to community impact.
This year Green Mountain United Way is proud to recognize Central Vermont Medical Center for their leadership in several aspects of the work they are doing for our communities right now. As the Integrator Organization for THRIVE, Central Vermont’s Accountable Community for Health, CVMC is leading the mission to optimize the health and well-being of our community through informed collaborative and innovative solutions. We would also like to recognize their leadership in the Working Bridges Program. As the first Central Vermont Working Bridges site, they are leading the way to care for those within their organization in unique and innovative ways that result in better care for all within our Central Vermont community.
Accepting the award was Anna T. Noonan, CVMC president and chief operating officer; Robert Patterson, vice president of Human Resources and Clinical Operations; and Monica Urquhart, manager of Employee Relations and Wellness.
“We deeply value our longtime partnership with Green Mountain United Way, which continues growing through the addition of the Working Bridges program,” Noonan said. “In Working Bridges’ first three months at CVMC, resource coordinators have offered members of our team guidance on transportation, housing, childcare, finances and income advance loans for emergency needs. Having an expert on site, every week, is an invaluable and convenient service for our team. Our thanks to the United Way and Vermont Community Foundation for making this important partnership possible.”
“Working Bridges dovetails with THRIVE, which is working to improve access to health care, nutritious food, affordable housing, education and financial wellness,” Noonan continued. “We’re proud to team with Green Mountain United Way and all of THRIVE’s leadership partners in connecting communities across central Vermont.”
Employer Leadership Award – Northern Counties Health Care
This award is given to an organization who shows exemplary leadership in supporting their employees to make a difference in their own lives and in their broader community.
This award is given to our partners at Northern Counties Health Care for taking the initiative to the spirit of “Caring for the Caregivers” as a starting point to make their organization stretch beyond the traditional boundaries of a “health care providers” to consider the health and well-being of all within their walls, and to see the connections between their employee’s wellness and the results they see for their patients. They are doing this through internal policies, their Working Bridges Program, employee participation in the K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching Program and their support of their employees to expand the boundaries in the many ways they are able to serve their communities, while supporting employee growth and success. Accepting the award was CEO Shawn Tester, Kari White and Laurie Somers.
“At Northern Counties Health Care we are incredibly grateful, both for our partners at the Green Mountain United Way, but also for the Working Bridges program which has helped so many of our staff through financial coaching, advance loans for emergencies, and income tax preparation. Working Bridges helps us care for our employees, so they can care for our patients and community. The program also directly aligns with the work we are doing in NEK Proper!, our regional Accountable Health Community.” Tester offered.
Community Spirit Award – VSECU
This award is given to a business that has put the “FUN” in fundraising and has gone the extra mile to make their workplace campaign a success for both employees and the community.
This past year the Campaign Team at VSECU used their already community-minded workplace as a platform to challenge employees to show their support for the community – they had t-shirts, challenges, and chocolate, and this enthusiasm spilled over into immense support for the foster children in our communities through their participation in the 2017 Tatum’s Totes Holiday Drive. Accepting the award was Vice President of Human Resources Eileen Belanger, Tammy Manning and Ann Hodgdon.
Campaign Champion Award – BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont
This award is given to a worksite that has the greatest percentage increase, over their past year’s campaign.
As one of Green Mountain United Way’s most long-term supporters, the generosity of BCBSVT’s employees can already be seen throughout Green Mountain United Way and the community, but with a little creativity, ingenuity and incredible support they were able to grow their support by 52% last year. Accepting the award was Vice President of Customer Service and Planning, Catherine Hamilton.
Community Commitment Award – Timothy Barre, Northfield Savings Bank
This is a new award added this year as part of our new Volunteer Program to recognize the commitment of volunteers throughout our community and the impact that the gift of time can make.
This year’s recipient, Timothy Barre, has been a volunteer with Green Mountain United Way for over a decade, and as a volunteer on the Development and Marketing Committee and participating in each of our Annual Days of Caring, Tim is one of the biggest champions of the new Volunteer Program and online Volunteer Connection. His passion and enthusiasm for volunteerism is contagious.
Rising Star Award – Nicholas Petterssen, Green Mountain CrossFit
This award is given to an individual who demonstrates new or renewed leadership and passion for supporting the work of Green Mountain United Way.
This award recognizes Nick for his leadership using the common framework of physical fitness and building a transformational space at Green Mountain CrossFit where all, regardless of income, ability, or struggles, are empowered to become a healthier version of themselves. His understanding that what his gym provides is a true human service, disguised as a business, is the keystone upon which we’ve built our partnership to bring The Phoenix to individuals in recovery in Central Vermont. With this award we recognize Nick’s unwavering current and future support of both our organization’s work and the mission we share, to help all within our community achieve physical health and well-being.
Working Bridges Resource Coordinator Job Description
Green Mountain United Way is seeking a Working Bridges Resource Coordinator to join our team and help us as we expand our Working Bridges program to serve employers and employees in all of our region. We are looking for a self-starter who loves helping people help themselves! If you know someone who fits that description, please share this job with them!
Email cover letter and resume, only, to Pam Bailey, Working Bridges Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 22nd. Please do not send any additional documentation. Resumes will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis as resumes are received. Eligible applicants will be contacted for interviews.
POSITION: Working Bridges Resource Coordinator FLSA: Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Community Impact STATUS: Full-time
Our Mission at Green Mountain United Way is to mobilize communities to create lasting changes in local conditions that will improve lives. All employees at Green Mountain United Way are integral to our ability to achieve that mission. Performance of job duties outlined below, in a manner that enables us to follow through on our promises to the five counties we serve, is more than an expectation, it is a standard here at Green Mountain United Way.
Working Bridges is a Green Mountain United Way program that improves business and job stability by bringing innovative practices to employers and employees using the workplace as a platform for human services. A trained resource coordinator is placed on-site at a business for at least four hours per week per business to help employees navigate non-work related issues. Other elements of the program include: on-site trainings for employees, mobile tax prep, coordination of income advance loans for employees, and an Employer Collaborative.
The Resource Coordinator (RC) assist employees in resolving non-work related issues that impact the employee’s work life. The Resource Coordinator connects employees to existing community resources to help resolve problems that interfere with an employee’s ability to maintain good attendance and/or be fully productive at work.
Provide one-on-one guidance and assistance to employees. This may include: connecting employees with key service providers and following up to ensure that problems are resolved; providing forms/applications for services, and assisting employees with paperwork; making inquiries on behalf of employees when appropriate.
Travel weekly to up to eight different companies in our five-county region (Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties) on a consistent schedule. Reliable transportation is required.
Promote resources and information widely inside each company. For example: on staff bulletin boards, or in company newsletters, etc.
Maintain current knowledge of community and regional resources in Vermont and New Hampshire through on-site visits to agencies, reading their newsletters, and building relationships.
Obtain, manage and report confidential data in compliance with HIPAA regulations and AIRS guidelines.
Assist other Resource Coordinators with their companies on an as needed basis.
Maintain service data and generate reports using key performance metrics.
Exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding the needs of employees.
Other duties as assigned, including administrative support.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or political science, or related field and 3 to 5 years’ experience in consumer advocacy, community coordination, or public health coordinator. Applicants with equivalent experience will be considered.
Strong computer skills, ability to use Word, Excel, data base programs, ability to source information through various web search engines.
Working knowledge of public assistance programs, as well as public/private resources such as child and elder care, transportation, financial counseling, etc.
Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to listen and gain rapport and trust with employers, employees, and community partners.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Self-directed and flexible work style with strong organizational skills.
Ability to follow through on complex issues for multiple clients.
Capacity to be innovative in seeking solutions; a problem solver; an inclination for outreach.
Positive, non-judgmental attitude and passionate desire to help others find their own solutions.
Recent attendance at one or more Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops (or willingness to attend). Be well-versed in, in agreement with, and able to convey, the principles of Bridges Out of Poverty.
Be familiar with the mission of United Way.
This position is centered at the Green Mountain United Way office. The office is a general office environment which is clean, well-lighted, and comfortable. The majority of the Resource Coordinator’s time will be at Working Bridges employer locations and could be located at (but not limited to) one of the following: a manufacturing facility, a warehouse, a lab, a retail establishment, or a secure state/government agency, therefore a background check will be required.
This position requires the ability to:
Ability to travel throughout GMUW region (frequent).
Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include night and weekends.
Ability to tolerate prolonged sitting and/or standing and to lift up to approximately 30 pounds to waist high level whenever necessary.
Mobility includes regular sitting, some standing, and walking.
Minimal requirement to reach at or above shoulder level; occasional reaching below shoulder level required.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status.