Greetings from our new Interim Executive Director!


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Green Mountain United Way

Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont

Greetings from our new Interim Executive Director!

Jane Bradley

Dare I say “Happy Spring?” As the season changes, so does the leadership at GMUW. Nancy Zorn begins her retirement on Friday, April 3rd and I officially begin my new role as Interim Executive Director. I have spent my first weeks working with Nancy trying to learn as much as I can from someone whose wealth of experience and knowledge cannot be measured.

A little about my background –

I grew up in a clergy family where service to others was a way of life. In my early career I worked as a nurse in a variety of health care settings. As a working mother of three children I made the decision to go back to college and earned my Bachelors degree at Johnson State College with an emphasis in health education. After I graduated I worked as a home visitor in the Early Head Start program in Central Vermont. From there I went on to work as an Outreach Coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) serving members in the Northeast Kingdom who were enrolled in the BlueFirst plan. During my tenure at BCBSVT I was promoted to the position of Director of Training and Organizational Development with organizational responsibility for employee learning and development as well as leadership responsibility for major company-wide organizational improvement initiatives. Before starting my own consulting business in 2012 I worked as the Director of Human Resources at Goddard College. Over the course of my professional career I have been directly involved in issues of health, education and the empowerment of individuals and communities to have financially sound, healthy and rewarding lives.

I was thrilled to learn that the areas of my experience and expertise were so well aligned with the United Way’s focus areas of Education, Income and Health. I look forward to learning more about the many programs, volunteers and staff that work together to make a positive difference in our communities. In my role as Interim Executive Director I will be working with the Board of Directors to determine how the organization can best build on the foundation Nancy Zorn established during her tenure as Executive Director while bringing the highest value to the communities served by the organization.

Spring is a great time for new beginnings. So, if you haven’t already done so, start your seedlings and look forward to the promise of fresh veggies and fruits in the months to come. Put your mud boots on and get out, move around and enjoy the longer days of warmer sun. With any luck we’ll have some good maple syrup to add a little sweetness to the end of a long winter!

Thank you for your warm welcome and I look forward to my work with GMUW.

Jane Bradley, Interim Executive Director

We’ve Moved!!

Effective March 12th, the main office for Green Mountain United Way has moved from Paine Turnpike in Berlin to 1 Conti Circle in Barre Town. Our new phone number is 802-622-8056. Conti Circle is just off Quarry Hill Rd.

We’re now located in a building owned by Bonnie Batchelder with some of the space designed for cooperative rental. In other words, a few nonprofits can each occupy some of the space and share the kitchen, bathrooms, and conference room as well as some of the costs. Any nonprofits interested in renting at this location should contact Ms. Batchelder at 802-476-9490 or call GMUW at the above number.

Stop in and see our new digs!

March 29th – GMUW Bowling in St. Johnsbury

Get your bowling buddies together and come on over to Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury on Sunday, March 29th from 3 to 6 pm.

GMUW is hosting its 3rd Annual Caledonia Co. Bowlers Unite event, this year featuring “Cosmic Bowling” with music, lights and mist! You don’t need to be an expert bowler. The only requirement is that you want to have an afternoon of fun. Lots of prizes will be awarded.

Form your team of 4 or 5 bowlers and contact Nelson Baker in our St. Johnsbury office at 802-745-0101 or by email at nbaker@gmunitedway.org to sign up. Each bowler raises a minimum of $45 for the benefit of GMUW. But why stop there? Ask your friends, co-workers and family to sponsor you and help make this a more than successful fundraiser. Sign-up and Sponsorship forms can be accessed at http://www.gmunitedway.org/bowling-cal.shtml.

Join us for some laughs and entertainment on March 29th.

Another Successful Kaleidoscope

All WinnersAll Winners
Chloe ReynoldsOverall WinnerChloe Reynolds

On Saturday, March 7th, twenty awesome acts took to the stage at our 9th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent show at Spaulding High School and provided the audience with breathtaking music and dance numbers that people are still talking about. These so-called amateur performers proved what fabulous talent exists in our area.

The performers were presented in four different age groups with cash prizes being awarded to the two top winners in each group as well as to an overall winner. The winners were:

  • Overall Winner: Chloe Reynolds in Grades 2 – 8 group, piano solo – “The Swallow”
  • Grades 2 – 8 – 1st Prize: Kenzie Golonka – dance and vocal – “Popular”
  • Grades 2 – 8 – 2nd Prize: Makayla Locke and Colena Bolio – vocalists – “Sky”
  • Grades 9 – 12 – 1st Prize: Lila Stratton – vocalist – “Life is a Movie”
  • Grades 9 – 12 – 2nd Prize: Double Treble – guitar and vocals
  • Ages 19 – 49 – 1st Prize: Natalie Wheeler – ballet – “The Dying Swan”
  • Ages 19 – 49 – 2nd Prize: Carolyn & Shannon Adams – Celtic harps
  • Age 50+ – 1st Prize: Lynn McKinney & Janet Whitlock – vocalists – “Arsenic and Old Lace”
  • Age 50+ – 2nd Prize: Step ‘n Time Dancers – Central VT High Country Cloggers

Kaleidoscope and Performance Level sponsors of this year’s show were Chouinard Comfort Colors, Union Mutual of Vermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, National Life Group and the Northfield Savings Bank. Talent and Show Level sponsors were Beverage Baron, Inc., Community National Bank, North Country Federal Credit Union, VSECU, Berlin Optical Expressions, Edward Jones – Matt Calhoun, FGB Theaters, Hillside Stone Products, Inc., Insurance Agency of New England, Inc., Magee Office Products, Midstate Dodge, Rock of Ages, S/R Services, W.A.R.M., and Wayside. The Biz Level sponsors can be viewed at http://www.gmunitedway.org/kaleidoscope.shtml.

Thank you to all who attended the show and we invite you to watch for the 10th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent in early 2016.

Fun at Touring the Trails

Touring Trails

It was a beautiful sunny day on March 1st when GMUW held its 2nd Annual Touring the Trails Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe event at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury. The Center has expanded its operations in the last year and it definitely showed by the number of people who were there. It’s a great place for an afternoon of fun in the snow especially on their expertly groomed trails.

Pictured with Madeleine Roy of GMUW (left) are Beth Barnes and Wendy Franklin of North Country Hospital in Newport eagerly ready to go out snowshoeing.

If you were unable to attend, don’t miss it next year. Plan to get out there and do some physical activity while helping to raise funds for GMUW.

We thank our generous sponsors of this event: Calderwood Insurance Agency, Caledonia Spirits, Cellars at Jasper Hill, Craftsbury Garage, Craftsbury General Store, M & M Beverage, North Country Hospital, Peter Watson Agency, Poulin Lumber, Inc., and Tops Market.

23rd Annual NALC Food Drive

stamp out hunger

On May 9th, the National Association of Letter Carriers will again be sponsoring its annual food drive for local food shelves. Most letter carriers in our region will be participating.

Last year, over 32,000 pounds of food were collected throughout the GMUW five counties and distributed to approximately 20 local food pantries. Across our nation, nearly 75 million pounds of food were collected, all in just one day.

As in past years, GMUW will be helping to coordinate this drive by bringing awareness of it to as many people as possible so that more than last year’s 16 tons of food can be collected. Unfortunately, many households are considered food insecure and people are trying to eke out a living at or below the poverty level. Oftentimes, nutritious food is foregone in order to pay for utilities, needed prescriptions or mortgages.

Please do your part. Place a bag of non-perishable food items at your mailbox on the morning on May 9th and your letter carrier will be happy to pick it up. If you do not have a letter carrier, simply deliver your items to your local post office and ask that they please provide your donation to the local food shelf. Please do not donate outdated items. The law states that food shelves must throw these items away.

When You Shop Online…

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We ask that you try shopping through smile.amazon.com. Amazon Smile then donates 0.5% of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. We hope you choose GMUW.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, select your favorite charitable organization. Amazon Smile will remember your choice for all future purchases. Millions of products are eligible for this donation. You can use your same account as on amazon.com. Sign up today and help raise funds for GMUW.

Featured Web Page of the Month

Are you familiar with Vermont 2-1-1? This is a vital resource for all Vermonters in need of health and human service information. Please visit http://www.gmuitedway.org/2_1_1system.shtml to find out all about Vermont 2-1-1.

Help GMUW Go Green

To save paper, postage and time, GMUW is asking you to consider receiving our printed newsletters electronically. To make this change, simply go to http://www.gmunitedway.org and on our homepage, in the upper right, is a block to enter your email for the e-newsletter followed by a Sign-Up button. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail requiring your response. After responding, please then send an e-mail to pbailey@gmunitedway.org asking Pam to remove your name and address from our hard copy mailing list. Thank you for helping us in becoming more efficient.

Have You “Liked” Us?

We invite you to check out the GMUW Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gmunitedway, and please “like” us. We also ask that you share our page with all your friends. We’re always posting some great photos of all our activities in the community.

Check Our Blog Too

Our blog is constantly changing with new posts every week about GMUW activities and community-wide events and issues. Please take a few minutes every now and then and go to https://gmunitedway.wordpress.com.

Dates to Remember

April 2015: Alcohol Awareness Month – National Autism Month – Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 1, 2015: National Walking Day
April 1, 2015: Central VT Job Fair at Barre City Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. GMUW is one of several sponsors and will be present to help anyone seeking job information.
April 12 – 18, 2015: National Volunteer Week – National Public Health Week – National Retirement Planning Week – Money Smart Week – Financial Literacy Month
April 16, 2015: St. Johnsbury Job Fair at St. Johnsbury School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by Creative Workforce Solutions, VT Dept. of Children & Families, VT Dept. of Labor, VocRehab, VABIR, NEKLS and Northeast Kingdom Human Services. GMUW will have a table of information.
May 9, 2015: 23rd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive for local food shelves.
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