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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

August’s increase in contacts over July’s total reveals, once again, the start of the annual trend of climbing contact totals that the close of summer brings. The end of August marks the long slow slide into another winter of stressful planning and difficult choices for many Vermont families. The increase in August contacts over July can be attributed primarily to increases in three categories: Basic Needs, Educational Support and Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Specific examples are Rutland County’s increase in its contact total due to increased referrals to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse category, Franklin County’s increased referrals to public assistance programs, and Windham County’s additional contacts related to requests for housing and temporary financial assistance.

A steady increase in referrals to housing and shelter resources reminds us of those who recall all too well what being out in the cold feels like and what is soon to come. The increase in referrals in August to housing and shelter resources pushed August numbers closer to those of this year’s chilly month of March. The onset of longer, cooler nights will continue to make for higher numbers of requests for emergency shelter. In anticipation, our local communities are once again coming together to plan on how to keep their most vulnerable residents warm and safe from the elements this winter. Many local efforts exist and information about those efforts and the services they hope to provide can be found by contacting Vermont 2-1-1.

Vermont’s United Ways understand just how crucial access to essential services is for children and youth to achieve their potential and strives, through strategic initiatives and by funding local agency and nonprofit education programs, to see that all children enter school ready to succeed. August’s increase in referrals to Educational Support Services speaks to the number of parents who are concerned with sending their children off to school prepared to learn. Referrals were made to parents looking for information about assistance with provision of school supplies, Head Start Programs and GED instruction, just to name a few of the types of education related requests made by Vermont families.

United Way campaigns are “kicking off” in September! Please support your local United Way in its continued efforts to address the needs of our Vermont communities.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly contact volume report 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 August:

Top Services: Homeless Motel Vouchers (344 searches); Community Meals (162 searches); Pet Care Services (152 searches); Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (151 searches); Clothing Donation Programs (128 searches)

Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Lamoille Family Center; Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; CVOEO; Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund

Top Search by City: Hancock; East Fairfield; Burlington; Brattleboro; New Haven

Total Site Visits: 4709

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1825

Local United Ways Kickoff Annual Campaigns

Each year we see United Way volunteers and staff put on their campaign hats and venture out to raise money for the organization. Your local United Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in your local communities by addressing critical human needs in the critical cornerstone areas of education, financial stability, and health. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, our local United Ways impact thousands of lives every year. These collaborative, community-based, community-led solutions advance the common good and strive to create a good quality of life for all. The United Way delivers the solutions needed to drive change, but the change starts with each of us. Together we are stronger!

As a program of the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1 asks you to join us in living united! Your contributions will be working year-round building a brighter future for our children, enriching the lives of our elderly, giving hope to those who are hurting, strengthening families, and so much more.

Please join us in helping to build a better future! Thank you.

Mentorship: A Game Changer in the Life of a Child

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Adult role modeling through informal and/or formal relationship-building initiatives has a transformative effect on both the youth within a community and on the community itself.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Ultimately, mentoring connects children and youth to positive personal growth and development which in turn connects them to greater social and economic opportunity.

Mobius, Vermont’s lead mentor matching agency, provides the Vermont Youth Mentoring Partnership Program that assists with recruitment and placement of mentors throughout the state. Vermont’s regional United Ways also provide opportunities to connect with local mentoring programs via their Volunteer Center Programs.

For information about becoming a mentor or about starting a mentoring program explore Vermont 2-1-1’s database using the following terms:

How to Prepare for Anything


Aaron Titus, Executive Director with Crisis Cleanup, is coming to Vermont to conduct a workshop to promote his latest book, How to Prepare for Anything, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VTVOAD), in conjunction with UpStreet Consulting, is proud to sponsor Aaron’s workshop to promote his new book. The event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Montpelier Ward, 224 Hersey Road, Berlin, Vermont. Please contact us if you would like to join Aaron and others interested in preparing for unexpected events and disasters.

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Making School Day Mornings Easier

In Vermont, it can be hard to say good bye to the warm, long summer days. While many families stay busy through out the summer, it’s a time when routines can become a little more relaxed. But now school has started and for many families mornings can be hectic. Getting kids ready for their day and out the door on time can be a struggle. Here are some helpful tips to make school day mornings a little less stressful:

  • Get done what you can the night before. Pack lunches and backpacks before bed. Help your child lie out their clothes for the next day.
  • Make a routine schedule or “Morning To-Do List”. Whether it’s a written list for kids who can read or a visual chart with pictures for the younger ones, list routine items in order (i.e. get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth…) it helps kids know what comes next and keeps them on track.
  • A good morning starts with a good night’s sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 3-5 year olds should get 10-13 hours sleep (this includes naps) and 6-12 year olds should get 9-12 hours. Getting enough sleep makes getting up in the morning easier and helps children focus and learn at school. Make sure your family sticks to a bedtime.
  • A good breakfast starts a good day. Breakfast is the fuel every kid needs to start their day right. It improves concentration and helps them do better in school. It’s essential but it doesn’t have to put your family in a time crunch. There are plenty of easy to make and even “eat on the way” options that give kids the protein and nutrients they need, such as yogurt with fruit and granola
  • End on a positive note. Whether it’s a hug or a wave and a smile, your send-off is how your child is starting their day at school. Make it a good one, even if you’re running late. It sets the tone for your child’s day.

Emergency Housing in Vermont

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 139 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 August here.




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