Helena Van Voorst

This week’s writer is Helena Van Voorst, executive director of the United Way of Addison County. This originally appeared in a UWAC newsletter. UWAC’s mission to “mobilize the generosity and compassion of individuals and organizations in Addison County to improve lives and strengthen the community” calls for our board and staff to be equity leaders. Advocating for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Addison County is what we’ve done for 52 years — but we still have room for growth in how we approach this important work, specifically as it relates to racial equity. ...
Almost exactly one month ago, the reality of what a global pandemic meant for Addison County was still setting in. People were just getting into the habit of not shaking hands and still needed to clarify whether meetings were happening in person or via Zoom. With much regret, events around the community were being postponed and we all hoped that maybe, just maybe, they’d still happen — and soon! Local businesses were starting to feel the pinch and everyone started worrying about hours being reduced, or worse, jobs being lost. At United Way of Addison County we launched Addison County Responds...
Addison County residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations seem to be changing daily. Social distancing is undoubtedly an appropriate measure to take in an effort to prevent/limit the spread of COVID-19. It has also resulted in many local businesses and nonprofits assessing how they can meet the needs of their employees and the people they serve in new ways during these changing times.  As needs in the community increase, so does our need to persevere in our good work. United Way of Addison County is getting creative in how we stay connected to the people and organizations that need us...

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