Green Mountain United Way – March 2014 Newsletter

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Green Mountain United Way

Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont

From the Executive Director

Nancy Zorn

Catherine Hamilton, Chair of our 2013-2014 campaign, along with the Funding Resources Committee, is working diligently to reach the $600,000 campaign goal. We are over 73% of the way with more than $439,400 pledged and donated.

There are still several campaigns that have not reported in and we anticipate that about 80% of the remaining $161,000 needed will come from businesses that have donated in the past. We need your help to raise the last $32,200. Your donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated at this time.

With the total $600,000, GMUW will be able to continue its programs of Education, Health and Income for our local people.

—– Nancy Zorn, GMUW Executive Director

Be Sure to Attend the 8th Annual Kaleidoscope

Our 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent show is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th at the Spaulding High School Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. This year’s show promises to be better than ever with singers, dancers, jugglers, instrumentalists and music of all styles. You’ll be amazed at the local talent being featured. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in several categories and age groups.

Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and Seniors over 62. They can be purchased online at www.gmunitedway.org/talentshow.shtml, by calling our Berlin, VT office at 802-229-9532, or at the door on the night of the performance.

Come out for an evening of enjoyment and let us help you chase away those cold, winter blues. Major sponsors of this event are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Northfield Savings Bank in the Kaleidoscope Level, and Black River Design Architects and VSECU in the Performance Level.

Do You Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe??

Green Mountain United Way is hosting its first ever “Touring the Trails” fundraiser on Sunday, March 9th at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center starting at 1 p.m. This is not a race, but meant to be an enjoyable afternoon for beginners or avid skiers or snowshoers. The Center has miles and miles of trails to choose from, some short, some not so short, some easy and some more difficult. Take your pick. Maps and descriptions will be provided at the touring center.

Those wanting to participate are asked to find as many individual sponsors as possible for either one flat donation or so much per kilometer skied/snowshoed. There is a minimum of $40 per person required. Prizes will be awarded for the Highest Fundraisers , Highest number or kilometers skied or snowshoed, Most Colorful Costume, Most Unique Hat, as well as other categories.

If you don’t have the required equipment, don’t worry. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has agreed to provide all equipment needed at NO CHARGE. In addition, they will provide PIZZA for EVERYONE starting at 5 p.m., also at NO CHARGE.

Major sponsors of this event are the Calderwood Insurance Agency of Hardwick, the Craftsbury General Store. Greensboro Garage, Inc., Poulin Lumber, Inc. and TOPS Market of Hardwick.

For more information, visit www.gmunitedway.org/touringtrails.shtml where you can access a flyer, sponsorship and sign-up forms. Make it a family outing, enjoy the outdoors while winter is still with us and help GMUW raise some much needed funds to help people in the NEK.

Two Local Executives Join GMUW Board of Directors

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointments of Carol Ellison and Karen Geraghty to Green Mountain United Way’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

Ms. Ellison, from Barre, was the broker/owner of Town & Country Associates for nearly 35 years until November 2012 at which time she joined forces with Heney Realtors. She has received many awards for her work in real estate and served on many Boards, including the local Chamber of Commerce and Community National Bank.

Ms. Geraghty, of Newport, is an Outreach Professional with the UVM Extension Service and works with the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative to provide training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations across the Northeast Kingdom. Originally from Newport, she is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine. She is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in clinical medical ethics. She plans to integrate her interest in healthcare within the broader work of community development and enhancing life in the NEK through regional economic development of strategies. She currently also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative.

The 2nd Annual Bowlers Unite Coming to Caledonia Co.

Last year’s first ever bowling tournament at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury for the benefit of Green Mountain United Way was so much fun that we want to do it again.

The date has been set for Sunday, March 30th from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate should form a team of four or five bowlers who will each raise a minimum of $45 in sponsorships. But, don’t think you need to stop at $45. After all, this is a fundraiser to help further GMUW initiatives of Education, Health, Income and Basic Needs for the people of our region. Call or email all your friends and relatives and ask them to sponsor you.

Go to www.gmunitedway.org for all the information you need about this fun event, and where you can access the sign-up and sponsorship forms needed.

Our annual bowling event in Central Vermont is also being planned for June 7th at Twin City Lanes. Maybe you can attend both! Who knows? You just might end up being the best bowler in northeastern Vermont.

Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

If not, be sure to ask your tax preparer if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This is a credit that is designed to reward working people whose salaries are not that high, and is given by both the federal and state governments.

For example, if you are married and filing jointly and have two children, you can claim this credit if your total household income is less than $48,378. There are a few other qualifications that need to be met, but you could be eligible for a maximum credit of $5,372.

It’s worth asking the questions. It could mean money in your pockets.

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