United Way of Addison County

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. ...
The other morning I received this text message: “There is a homeless person sleeping on the porch.” The first staff member to arrive at our office on 48 Court Street in Middlebury was a bit startled to say the least. The gentleman woke up when he heard footsteps on the stairs, apologized for moving our United Way-blue Adirondack chairs, and moved on after putting everything back as it was. Working at United Way we know full well that there are homeless people in Addison County.  We hear their stories from our funded partners and we invest in programs that provide vital services to this...

THE UNITED WAY of Addison County on Sept. 19 will formally launch a $635,000 fund drive for 2019. Leading that effort will be, from left, UWAC Marketing & Development Director Amy Bodette Barr, 2019 campaign chairperson (and United Way board Vice Chair) Abby Blum, and Helena Van Voorst, the organization’s executive director. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) next week will officially launch its 2019 fund drive with a $635,000 goal and new optimism, fueled in part by the organization’s outreach to a new generation of prospective donors. This year’s $635,000 goal is $25,000 less than last year’s target of $660,000. An eleventh-hour surge in donations — spurred by three separate pledges to match dollar-for-dollar donations up to an amount of $10,000 — allowed the United Way to leverage an additional $31,000 before closing the books on the 2018 campaign last spring with a grand total of $615,000. The...

UNITED WAY OF Addison County’s Jesse Brooks (prevention coordinator), left, Helena Van Voorst (executive director) and Jerrod Rushton (board president) are planning how the organization will use $1.29 million in federal money over the next five years on local programming aimed at steering youths away from marijuana and alcohol use. Independent photo/John Flowers
ADDISON COUNTY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has won a five-year, $1.29 million federal grant to create more programming to reduce local youths’ use of alcohol and marijuana. And United Way officials stressed the target population — children in grades 4 through high school — will play a big role in devising and implementing that new programming. The “Partnership for Success” grant comes through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. More than 500 organizations throughout the country applied for funding, and UWAC...

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