On August 10, in an award ceremony in the old Greensboro Garage in Hardwick, Green Mountain United Way was one of 10 organizations awarded a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission. Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Phil Scott, Federal NBRC Commission Co-Chair Mark Scarano, and representatives from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch’s offices were present. The federal commission’s aim is to bring growth to economically distressed counties along the Canadian border. Green Mountain United Way will use the NBRC investment to match public and private investment in the expansion of the Working Bridges program to at least 3 additional employers in Orleans, Essex and/or Caledonia counties.
The Northern Border Regional Commission’s aim is to bring growth to economically distressed counties along the Canadian border. Green Mountain United Way will use the NBRC investment to match public and private investment in the expansion of the Working Bridges program to at least 3 additional employers in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.
“This commission has the unique role of bringing together the leaders of four states to identify common challenges and divide resources to address those challenges,” Gov. Phil Scott said.
Working Bridges is a workforce development program focused on employees keeping stable jobs by bringing human services resources to the workplace. Other elements of Working Bridges include on-site VITA tax prep sites for employees, employee classes in topics like Financial Literacy, one-on-one resource coordination, income advance loans and for employers, an ongoing Employer Collaborative to bring regional employers together to solve issues facing their workforce together with like-minded leaders and United Way. Green Mountain United Way will receive $191,000 over three years to expand the reach of their program with the program goal of stabilizing workforces, in turn, allowing employers to grow their businesses.
To hear more about the $2.2 million in projects that were funded by this round of grants, check out this story from NBC5.