Introducing our Campaign Chairperson



Executive Director’s Message

Tawnya Kristen‘Today, we celebrate.’

Dear Friends-

On September 1, I celebrated my one-year anniversary at Green Mountain United Way.  Amazing how quickly this went and all that I have learned in such a short time.  Reflecting back on the first few weeks of feeling intimidated by all that was ahead and remembering my daily mantra of ‘just keep moving forward’, I simply smile.  In partnership with the GMUW staff of super heroes and guidance from a supportive Board, we are not only moving forward but achieving unimaginable leaps into areas that only seemed like distant possibilities one year ago.

Today, I celebrate how we are now helping working families and the economic stability of our community through our first Working Bridges program in St. Johnsbury.  I celebrate how we are a key partner in the Promise Community initiatives in both St. Johnsbury and Barre to further the early education preparedness of our children.  I celebrate the creation of a new financial literacy program that is based on a tremendous model at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  I celebrate our effective work with the Agency of Human Services in helping staff heal and move forward after tragedy.  I celebrate our partnerships with both North Country Hospital and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital as we work on Collective Impact initiatives to find solutions to the issue of poverty and health needs in the Northeast Kingdom.   I celebrate the moments of discovering the power of giving of one’s time through Day of Action.  And I celebrate our ongoing work with Tatum’s Totes providing each child entering the foster care system with a bag filled with comfort items and love.

I celebrate the gift I have been provided in being able to lead an organization that has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together human service agencies, government, businesses, funders and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

And most of all, I celebrate you – our supporters and members of our community.  You are the heart of this agency and you are celebrated through each life for who we offer help and purpose.

Thank you as always for your support which allows us to create solutions in the areas of Education, Income and Health for all ages.  And thank you for a wonderful first year of understanding the true purpose of Living United.

Warmest regards,

Introducing our Campaign Chairperson

Karen WardGMUW is very happy to introduce Karen Ward as this year’s Campaign Chair.  Karen is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in the Newport area and has had extensive experience in the past volunteering for the United Way.  She loves working with women to help them achieve career goals and is passionate about helping others gain their long-term goals.  She strongly believes in the Collective Impact Model employed by GMUW and looks forward to introducing it with GMUW staff to local businesses over the next year.

“No one organization has the resources or the skills that are required to address the most pressing issues in our community today.  Read More…

You Are Invited to our 6th Annual Thankful Thursday

LogoOn Thursday, Sept. 15, the owners of Juniper’s Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville are inviting you to have dinner at their establishment for the benefit of Green Mountain United Way.  They will generously donate to us 15% of the evening’s proceeds.

The Wildflower Inn is located at 2059 Darling Hill Road just outside of Lyndonville and provides wonderful food and spectacular scenery.  You don’t want to miss it.

Reservations are recommended, but not absolutely necessary, and can be made by calling 802-626-8310.  Call today and be a part of supporting the GMUW programs and initiatives.

UPS Golf Tournament Results

A small, but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the St. Johnsbury Country Club on Saturday, August 27 for the annual UPS Benefit Golf Classic for Green Mountain United Way.  It had been postponed from August 13 because of rain.  August 27 turned out to be a perfect summer day that raised approximately $4,000 for GMUW.

Prizes were awarded as follows:  the Randy Tullar Team for 1st Gross/Low Gross; the Sean Rolfe Team for 1st Net/Low Net; Phil Parson Team for 2nd Gross; Lucy Ouimet-Sayers Team for 2nd Net; and, James Moran Team for 3rd Net.  The “lucky” High Score prize went to the Walter Armstrong Team.  Read more…

More Donations for Tatum’s Totes

The donations of new clothes, toys, toiletries, blankets, school supplies and more keep coming in for our Tatum’s Totes Program for area foster kids.

The Westmore Church Ladies Group that we told you about a couple months ago have come through with two big boxes of essential items and a comment that more donations are forthcoming.  Two other individuals recently came in with stuffed animals, backpacks and boxes of baby items.  Read more…

Tip of the Month

Safety behind the wheel is this month’s message.

With the start of school, we all need to be extra conscious of children and youth walking on our streets and roads.  Drive defensively and be ready for possible emergencies, like someone darting out in front of you.

Slow down.  Put away that phone.  Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.

Our kids are much too precious to be injured or killed.

Community Forums and Events

Sept. 12 & Sept. 19, 2016: FREE Personal Financial Management Two-Day Workshop
September 15, 2016: 6th Annual Thankful Thursday Dinner
September 20, 2016: GMUW Annual Campaign Kickoff
Sept. 26 – Oct. 7, 2016: Way To Go Challenge
October 2, 2016: 4th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament
November 19, 2016: Green Mountain CrossFit Lift UP!  Weightlifting Competition. More details will be provided in a future issue of this e-news.


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