The 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on Saturday, May 12.

Letter carriers’ 26th annual food drive set for Sat., May 12 throughout nation

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and they believe it’s important to do what they can to help.

On Saturday, May 12, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday.

Letter carriers will take that food to local food banks, pantries or shelters. Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

This year’s effort includes a public service announcement with award-winning actor and director Edward James Olmos. Television networks and stations can use this link to find and download high-quality versions of the PSA, in English and Spanish.

Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year’s drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

 

The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

This poster can be downloaded from HERE

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United Way Kickoff Breakfast and Day of Caring: Work that Connects our Community

Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30 am – 8:30 am at Norwich University’s Milano Ballroom to celebrate the important work United Way, our partners, and supporters are doing to connect our communities and help all in our five counties to thrive!

We will hear from inspiring speakers including this year’s Keynote, Shawn Tester, CEO and Executive Director of Northern Counties Health Care, and Green Mountain United Way partner in  NEK Prosper! and Working Bridges. Shawn will speak about the importance of connecting our communities to one another and to resources, and how to address the community’s broader needs to ensure the health and vitality of all within our region.

Enjoy breakfast as we honor Community Leaders and our 2017-18 Campaign Leaders.

This event is free and open to partners, local leaders and the broader community. RSVP is required to attend.

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This year’s Kickoff Breakfast will be immediately followed by a Day of Caring Volunteer Day to support the Northfield Promise Community. We are helping families with children 0-5 in the Northfield area by building a brand new playground at the Northfield Falls Fields. Get more information or register for Day of Caring at our Volunteer Connection.

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We look forward to seeing you and thank you for everything you do for our communities!

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Green Mountain United Way Day of Action Volunteer Projects

Day of Action is United Way’s Annual Volunteer Day on Tuesday, June 21. Contact Carrie at Green Mountain United Way at 802-622-8056 or cstahler(at)gmunitedway (dot) org with questions or to participate. We ask that you contribute a 4 hour shift (other options are possible, please email or call for more information). Detailed information will be provided to those who register for projects.

Register online at gmunitedway.org/day-of-action.

NSBatCrsVTTrl#1212-01Project #1 – Volunteer Morning at OUR House in downtown Barre Tuesday, June 21 at 9am – TBD (timeline is dependent upon quantity of volunteers)

Use your volunteer time to make a difference in your community. For the Day of Action 2016 Green Mountain United Way is hosting a clean-up at OUR House in downtown Barre. We’ll be staining their handicap ramps, painting exterior doors, sweeping and cleaning the parking area, lawn, and street-facing flower bed. No special skills are needed and painting materials and snacks will be provided.

About OUR (One Unified Response) House: A Children’s Advocacy Center and Special Investigations Unit committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to assist child victims, adult survivors, and non-offending family members in the discovery, intervention, healing, and prevention of child sexual abuse. OUR House serves Washington County, in central Vermont. http://www.ourhouse-vt.org/

 

Project #2 – Volunteer Afternoon at Sexual Assualt Crisis Team (SACT) Offices and Shelter in downtown Barre Tuesdsay, June 21 (timeline is dependent upon quantity of volunteers)

Use your volunteer time to make a difference in your community. For the Day of Action 2016 Green Mountain United Way is hosting a clean-up at SACT in downtown Barre. We’ll be power washing their building, mowing the lawn, sweeping porches & parking area, and trimming bushes and plants outdoors and doing general spring cleaning inside their shelter’s shared spaces. No special skills are needed, bring a push broom, pruners, and garden or leather gloves if you have them. We will start our work at OUR House then transition to SACT to continue the day.

About the Sexual Assault Crisis Team: a non-profit volunteer organization founded to serve the needs of female and male victims of sexual violence in Washington County. They offer 24-hour services and support to victims of sexual violence. Their goal is to eliminate sexual violence and work toward changing public attitudes about sexual assault. http://sactvt.org/

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Project #3 – Trail Maintenance with Mad River Riders in the Mad River Valley – Saturday, June 25 at 9am

Join the Mad River Riders out on the beautiful mountain bike trails of the Mad River Valley for a day of trail maintenance. Mad River Riders will provide experienced trail builders to lead you as you help rake, trim and clean up trails in preparation for a season of riding and the arrival of the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival on these volunteer-built and maintained trails. Most of this work will entail raking with iron rakes and leaf rakes, but some rock moving might be involved as well.

All work will take place outdoors, so please be prepared to assist in any of Vermont’s many potential weather conditions. Remember to wear good boots, preferably with a protective toe, and to bring gloves and safety glasses. We will be raking, benching and installing drainage and rock armor. Please bring rock and leaf rakes, benching tools, such as grub hoes, rock picks and pulaskis. Extra hand tools will be available. If there is heavy rain, (snow, sleet, etc.) this day will be rescheduled.

About Mad River Riders

The Riders’ 45+ mile network features the most popular Mad River Valley trailheads for biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, including the beginner-friendly Blueberry Lake trails in the Green Mountain National Forest and classic technical trails in Camel’s Hump and Phen Basin State Forests. Mad River Riders has been creating opportunities for getting outdoors in the Mad River Valley for 30 years. http://www.madriverriders.com/

 

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Download Team/Company Sign up sheet HERE:  DayofActionVolunteerSignUp

 

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Volunteer Project Idea: Family Teaching Kitchen

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One of the initiatives of the Green Mountain United Way, includes Health.

While Vermont continues to be a leader in health, obesity rates here and across the country have been steadily increasing over the last ten years. Almost a quarter of adults in Vermont are obese, and obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers continue to be the leading causes of death in Vermont. Research proves that consuming adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and exercising the recommended amount of 30 minutes per day can prevent obesity.

Green Mountain United Way is encouraging communities to join our Building Healthy Communities initiatives throughout the five counties we serve to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. Through partnerships with hospitals, clinics, education institutions, businesses, municipalities and other groups, we are working together to create community environments that support individuals and families in living healthy lifestyles.

For more information on Green Mountain United Way’s work in the area of Healthy Living, please contact:

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Learn how you can engage volunteers to help achieve United Way’s goal to increase the number of healthy youth and adults in the community. From setting up cooking stations and activities, to teaching children and their parents about nutrition, volunteers at family teaching kitchens play an important role in creating healthier communities.

Do you like to cook? Learn how you can engage volunteers to help achieve United Way’s goal to increase the number of healthy youth and adults. Whether setting up cooking stations and activities, teaching children and their parents about nutrition, or packing grocery bags for participants to take home after class, volunteers at family teaching kitchens play an important role in creating healthier communities.

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Get out and Volunteer!!

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This month we feature a wonderful opportunity in Montpelier at the Family Center of Washington County where they are in need of someone to organize a large bookshelf of children’s books. Please help them and the kids out by offering to organize all their books.

While there, you might want to spend some time reading to the children. Story time is always fun.

Thanks,
Madeleine


Madeleine C. Roy / Development & Marketing Director / Green Mountain United Way
Orleans/Northern Essex Office
PO Box 33, Derby Line, VT 05830 / Tel: 802-647-2148
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