Green Mountain United Way: Newsletter
Green Mountain United Way
Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont
From the Executive Director
March seems to be our changeover month. In the fundraising scene, we start the month with a winter cross country skiing/snowshoeing
event and end March with a bowling event and in between a talent show. Something for everyone.
Touring the Trails is our 2nd Annual Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing event at the very scenic Craftsbury Outdoor Center on
Sunday, March 1st from 1 p.m. – 5 p. m. If you have ever thought about trying skiing or snowshoeing, now is the time. With a $40
minimum entry donation you get trail fees and equipment rental. Several prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.
On Saturday, March 7th you can treat yourself to an evening of music, dance and comedy at the 9th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent
starting at 7 p.m. in the Spaulding High School Auditorium. This is a great show and you will leave feeling good about all the local
talent. This is a very affordable event with adult tickets at only $10. Tickets for children under 12 and Seniors over 62 are only $5.
This has always been a must-see event.
To end the month, on Sunday, March 29th from 3pm – 6pm, our 3rd Annual Caledonia/So. Essex Bowling Tournament with lights and
music will be held at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury. You and 3 or 4 of your friends can have great fun bowling, or, let us know if
you are a single and we will match you with a team and you can make new friends. This event is for fun with lots of prizes to be given
away. You don’t need to have experience at bowling. The minimum donation is $45.
More details on all these fundraisers can be found in this edition of our newsletter. I hope to see you at one or all of these
events. I know you will find them fun and enjoyable during this winter that never seems to end.
Nancy Zorn, GMUW Executive Director
GMUW to Hold 2nd Annual Touring the Trails
This Sunday, March 1st, is predicted to be a beautiful day weather-wise – a perfect day to join the GMUW at its 2nd Annual Touring the
Trails Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe fundraiser at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center at 535 Lost Nation Rd., Craftsbury, VT. The Center has
expanded dramatically in the last year and the trails are in excellent condition. This event will run from 1 to 5 pm.
Go to http://www.gmunitedway.org/touringtrails.shtml for all details and Sign-Up and Sponsorship Forms. The minimum entry is $40 per
person. To help us continue our programs in Education, Income and Health, please consider acquiring personal sponsors who will help you
surpass that $40 minimum. There will be a gift given to the first 40 participants plus several prizes awarded at the end of the day
such as for the highest fundraiser, 2nd highest fundraiser, highest number of kilometers skied, the highest number of kilometers
snowshoed, and more. FREE pizza will be provided at the end of the day.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is again allowing us to use their location with NO TRAIL FEES and they will provide equipment for
anyone who does not have their own at NO CHARGE. Registration will take place at the new, state-of-the-art, Touring Center starting at
Sponsors of this event are the Calderwood Insurance Agency, Caledonia Spirits, Inc., Craftsbury Garage, Craftsbury General Store,
Jasper Hill Farm, M and M Beverage, North Country Hospital, Peter Watson Agency, Inc., Poulin Lumber, Inc., and Tops Market.
Hope to see you and your friends on the trails on Sunday, March 1st.
Do You Do Kaleidoscope?
If you’ve never attended one or more of our past eight annual Kaleidoscope of Talent shows, you have no idea what you’ve been missing.
On Saturday, March 7th, at the Spaulding High School Auditorium in Barre, the Green Mountain United Way will be holding its 9th
Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent starting at 7 p.m. Twenty talented acts by local vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and comedians will
be presented for your listening and watching pleasure.
Performers in previous shows have thanked us for giving them the opportunity to display their talents to local audiences, giving
them the self-confidence they needed to go on to other performances as well as the confidence in acquiring leadership and life skills.
We invite you to help us in cultivating more great performers of all ages. Who knows? You might someday be able to say, “I knew her
Major sponsors of this year’s show are Chouinard Comfort Colors, Union Mutual of Vermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont,
National Life Group and the Northfield Savings Bank. Please see the complete list of sponsors at http://www.gmunitedway.org/kaleidoscope.shtml
and be sure to support these many businesses in return for their generosity to your local United Way.
Tickets for this March 7th show will be available at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by calling the GMUW office at 229
-9532. See you at the show!
Calling All Bowlers
The GMUW Caledonia/So Essex 3rd Annual Bowlers Unite event is being held on Sunday, March 29th, at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury from
3 to 6 pm. This year, we feature “Cosmic Bowling” with lights, music and mist.
Form a team of 4 or 5 bowlers and come out for an afternoon of fun and prizes. If you are unable to form a full team, give Nelson
a call at 802-745-0101 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will match you up with other singles. Visit
http://www.gmunitedway.org/bowling-cal.shtml to access the Sign-Up and Sponsorship forms. A minimum of $45 is required to bowl, but why stop
there? Ask your friends, co-workers and family to sponsor you and raise more than the $45 so you can help GMUW continue its vital
programs in the NEK. After all, this is a fundraiser.
There will be lots of prizes and extra contests. Plan to join us for a fun afternoon.
GMUW Moving to Barre Town
Effective mid-March, GMUW will have moved to its new office space at 1 Conti Circle in Barre Town in a new building designed as a
cooperative to help nonprofit organizations save money. These nonprofit tenants will be sharing conference space, the kitchen and
bathrooms, and photo copier and other equipment. This building is handicapped accessible and has parking for 20 cars. The floor plan is
adjustable to fit a one-person office or one for more employees.
If you are a large nonprofit wanting to create a presence in central VT, or a smaller nonprofit wanting to save money, please
contact Nancy Zorn at email@example.com or call her at 802-229-9532 to discuss this location’s availability.
There will be an open house at the new GMUW office at 1 Conti Circle on March 16th starting at 3:30 pm – a great time for you to
see if this building would be a good fit for your organization.
The GMUW Volunteer Network – A Success
Four years ago, GMUW started a Volunteer Network on its website – a place where local nonprofits can post their volunteer needs, and
businesses and individuals can search for volunteer opportunities they might want to fulfill for these nonprofits. In those four years,
we have been able to post hundreds of opportunities for dozens of organizations, which are all categorized by county and town making it
easier for searching.
One of the many successful placements as a result of our Network was with the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic of Barre. We
recently received a wonderful email from Peter Youngbaer of that clinic providing us with this great testimonial:
“…just wanted you to know that last week I posted a request for a volunteer carpenter to build some shelving for us here at the
Clinic – maybe a day’s work. The next day it was up on the website, and not two hours later we got a call. It happened to be the first
time he ever had checked the site. We spoke, and yesterday he came and did the job – in and out in six hours. Total time from when I
posted the request to completion: six days! Amazing! Many thanks to GMUW for this service!”
Thank you, Peter, for advising of this success. If any of you have had similar experiences because of our Volunteer Network,
please let us know.
Vermont 2-1-1 Celebrates 10th Anniversary
February 11, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Vermont 2-1-1, the statewide information and referral program of the United Ways of
Vermont. Annually, almost 50,000 callers to VT 2-1-1 receive free person-to-person service from Information and Referral Specialists and
trained volunteers. People call this confidential 2-1-1 helpline looking for resources to meet basic needs, like heating or utility
assistance, food and shelter and emergency help. Vermonters also call for important non-emergency everyday needs, such as developmental
screening for children, home health care for a relative, job training, free tax filing assistance, and much more.
Vermont 2-1-1 has also become the number to call during disasters such as Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and prevention initiatives
for the possible H1N1 epidemic a few years ago. VT 2-1-1 partners with such agencies as the VT Dept. of Emergency Management, Homeland
Security and the VT Dept. of Health and has all the latest vital information needed with which to best answer calls.
When you dial 2-1-1 (toll free from anywhere in VT), you are connected with a person who helps identify your need(s), and can
refer you to relevant human services, health or education resources from the comprehensive 2-1-1 database. That database contains nearly
900 agencies that provide more than 8,800 services within over 2,600 programs.
Vermont 2-1-1 is devoted to connecting people to the help they need. The beauty of 2-1-1 is that it is an easy number to remember
that provides streamlined access to services by eliminating confusing, often frustrating searches.
If you ever have a health or human service question, don’t waste time searching for the answer on your own. Call 2-1-1 and have
them find the resources you need within minutes.
Two Regional Job Fairs to Help the Unemployed
If you are looking for a job and would like to connect with several employers all in one place, you might be interested in attending one
or both of the following Job Fairs:
On April 1st, at the Barre City Auditorium from 10 am to 4 pm, a large job fair is being sponsored by the Central VT Economic
Development Corp., VocRehab and Green Mountain United Way. For more information, please contact Wendy Madigan at
On April 16th, at the St. Johnsbury School from 10 am to 2 pm, a similar job fair is being held sponsored by the VT Agency of
Human Services, VT Dept. of Labor, VABIR and others.
Green Mountain United Way will be present at both events assisting as many as possible seeking employment or job training.
Drug Take Back Project in Orleans County
The most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that about 33% of high school students in Orleans County were given, bought, or asked to
take drugs. Based on their work in high schools and their regular everyday work, members of local law enforcement feel that that 33% is
really closer to 70%.
Nationally, 70% of drugs acquired by teens come from their homes. People have become complacent about managing the prescriptions
they keep in their medicine cabinets, even after they are no longer in use or the prescriptions have expired. Many times these are the
drugs taken and used by youth since these items are not closely monitored by the parents.
An expanded program called the Drug Take Back Project is available to anyone wishing to be rid of unused drugs. They can be
dropped off – no questions asked – at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Dept. on the Derby Rd. during their regular business hours Monday
through Friday, or 24/7 at the Newport City Police Dept. on Main St., Newport. Receptacles are just inside their doors.
Any drug will be accepted (e.g., Ritalin, blood pressure meds, Colace, any pain meds, Fentanyl patches, etc.). But, please NO
Unfortunately, our youth will take any kind of drugs and many times combine them to experience what kind of high they can get.
This is very dangerous and we must do what we can to stop the availability of unused drugs. If you live in Orleans County, do your part.
Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring those unused and expired drugs to the Newport City Police or Sheriff’s Dept.
For more information, contact Barbara Morrow of the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling her at 802-487-9327.
Join the 2015 Lucky Cash Raffle for Project Independence
Feeling lucky? Project Independence of Barre is offering you the chance to win cash and prizes at their annual Lucky Cash Raffle on
March 13th. You could win the grand prize of $2,500! Lots of other cash and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
There are only 122 tickets to be sold at $100 each, plus 3 more tickets will be raffled off during the evening giving you more
chances to win. There will also be a silent auction going on and culminating at the end of the night.
All this takes place at the Barre Elks Club on Friday March 13th from 5 to 9 pm. There is a social hour from 5 to 6 pm (cash bar)
followed by a hot buffet dinner. Your ticket includes dinner for two, but additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each.
Get your friends to share the ticket price with you and together enjoy a fun evening out.
This is Project Independence’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Help them continue their great day service programs and activities
for our local elderly and disabled. For more information, contact PI’s Executive Director, Dee Rollins, at email@example.com.