Green Mountain United Way: Newsletter
Green Mountain United Way
Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont
From the Interim Executive Director
This past month has been one of great transition bringing with it a new space, a new Interim Director and most importantly, the green of spring. Over
the past month I’ve attended committee and community partner meetings and learned more about how our work is making a difference in the communities we
serve. From presenting Financial Literacy workshops and participation in Job Fairs, to enriching early education and literacy and working
collaboratively with community health partners, Green Mountain United Way plays a vital role in improving the lives of individuals in the areas of
Education, Income and Health.
It is through the generous support of our communities that we are able to grow and support these programs, which in turn benefit so many
individuals. The new life of spring reminds us that we must nurture and support the growth of that which sustains us.
I thank you for your warm welcome and look forward to learning more about how we can make a difference. On behalf of GMUW, I am deeply grateful
for your continued support. Working together we will grow stronger and more vibrant communities reflecting the beauty of our Green Mountain State.
Jane Bradley, Interim Executive Director
GMUW Has Moved!!
That’s right. We’ve moved our central Vermont office to 1 Conti Circle, Barre, VT 05641, which is also our mailing address from now on. We are
located on the lower level of the Batchelder Associates, P. C. building. Our new phone number is: 802-622-8056. Stop in for a visit.
23rd Annual NALC Food Drive
On May 9, 2015, the 23rd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive for the benefit of local food shelves will take place. This event,
which happens across the U.S., is significant in Vermont where over 13% of families are considered food insecure and nearly 20% of our children do not
have enough nutritious food to eat on a daily basis.
Last year, nearly 32,000 pounds of food were collected in the GMUW five counties and distributed to 20 of our food pantries at a time when their
shelves are close to being empty after a hard winter.
GMUW helps to coordinate this very important food drive and we are asking all of you to participate. On the morning of Saturday, May 9th, place
your non-perishable food items in a bag at your mailbox and your letter carrier will be happy to pick it up for delivery to the food shelf nearest you.
If you do not have a letter carrier, simply bring your donated items to your post office and they will take care of the delivery.
Please DO NOT include any outdated items as they will just be thrown away as per government regulations. Please also try to donate useful
items like cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, and beans.
Let’s all take part in the biggest one-day food drive that takes place each year and brings in over 70 million pounds of food across our
country. We can all make a difference by helping to Stamp Out Hunger.
Register your bowling team now and start fundraising to win! Last year over $1,500 in prizes was given to top bowlers and teams. The funds raised
support Green Mountain United Way’s programs in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. Last year the top bowler raised $667.72.
Are you a business owner? Promote your business by sponsoring Bowlers Unite! Last year 15 local businesses gave $2,450.00. We are also
accepting goods and services to be used for prizes. Help us exceed last year’s donation and gain the recognition of a bowling alley full of people who
are passionate about our community.
You do not need to be a skilled bowler to participate but we always have some skilled competition to make it fun and challenging.
All it takes is four of five people willing to each raise $50 or more.
We will have major prizes for fundraising and top scores, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Win for skill. Win with luck. Win by just being a
good sport. Mostly, win by having fun and helping others.
Contact us today to get involved: Michael Knight 802-622-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way To Go Vermont Challenge
Have you ever thought that you should start exercise a bit more? Or, have you been thinking that there must be something you can do as an individual
to help the environment? Then, you should hop on the Way To Go Vermont Challenge.
Between May 4th and 15th, the Way To Go Vermont group is holding its annual statewide commuter challenge. The goal is to get people to reduce
their carbon emissions by using alternative means of getting to work.
During this two-week challenge, participants are asked to walk, bike, carpool, take a bus or telecommute to work at least part of the time. You
can sign up at http://www.waytogovt.org, where you are entered to win prizes. You can log on to this website to record how you’re getting around and view
real time stats including miles traveled and the impact that NOT driving has on the environment including how many CO2 emissions you’ve eliminated.
Businesses are also asked to encourage their staff to sign up and can provide their own prizes for added incentives.
Walking and biking to work is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the warmer weather and take in the spring air! Sign up today. For more
information, call 800-685-7433 or email email@example.com. Do your part for the environment and for your own health.
GMUW Web Page of the Month
Have you checked our website lately? We recently added stories that accompany the photos posted on our homepage. You’ll have plenty of time to read
the stories before they roll over to the next one.
Our home page also now includes an embedded short video featuring Tim Barre of the Northfield Savings Bank and Jerri Ryan of the Area Agency on
Aging in the Northeast Kingdom, who both want all of you to know why they give to Green Mountain United Way.
Please visit us at http://www.gmunitedway.org.
Have You Checked our Facebook Page?
If you haven’t, please do. We have lots of great photos posted from our March 1st Touring the Trails event in Craftsbury, March 7th Kaleidoscope of
Talent in Barre, March 29th Bowling event in St. Johnsbury, Nancy Zorn’s retirement parties in early April, and a great group from Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters who made children’s literacy kits for us for local daycare centers and preschools.
If you love us, please “like” us and share our page with all your friends. We’re easy to find at http://www.facebook.com/gmunitedway.
Keep Up To Date with the GMUW Blog
You won’t be bored when reading our blog. New items are posted several times a week about GMUW events and initiatives as well as other local programs
that relate to our focus areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. Visit us at https://gmunitedway.wordpress.com.
ReSOURCE Servers for Nonprofits
For the second year, ReSOURCE is offering local nonprofit organizations the opportunity to apply for funds through their IT Network & Systems Upgrade
initiative. This program distributes computer server systems, installation, and support for those agencies that might have limited computer
ReSOURCE is now accepting applications in the form of a letter until 5 p.m. on May 15, 2015. Please contact Mary Albee of ReSOURCE at
firstname.lastname@example.org for all proposal information and guidelines. She can also be reached at ReSOURCE, 266 Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401.
Dates to Remember
|May 2015:||Older Americans Month|
|May 2015:||Foster Care Month|
|May 2015:||National Bike Month|
|May 4 – 15, 2015:||Way To Go VT Challenge. See separate article in this
issue of e-news for a full description of this challenge to all Vermonters.
|May 7, 2015:||Day of the Young Child|
|May 9, 2015:||23rd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive
for local food shelves. See separate article in this issue of e-news for a full description of this event.
|May 25, 2015:||Memorial Day. GMUW offices will be closed.|
|June 6, 2015:||4th Annual Central VT Bowlers Unite event for benefit of GMUW
at the Twin City Family Fun Center on the Barre-Montpelier Rd. See separate article in this issue for all the details and how to sign up your team.