MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. Each year, a nomination committee selects a local woman whose outstanding work or volunteer efforts have benefited Addison County/Town of Rochester and their residents directly and indirectly in a variety of ways. The recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is presented to her in March (Women’s History Month) during an award celebration in her honor. Previous award recipients include Sue Prager, Pam Marsh, Betsy Gossens, Molly Fitzpatrick, Beth Diamond, Jean Shappee, Diana...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors, shown along with a volunteer on Green Street during a walk-a-thon to Middlebury this past Wednesday morning, raised more than $100 per class member to donate to WomenSafe for its transitional housing project. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The annual walk for charity made by Vergennes Union High School seniors this past Wednesday netted $7,400 — and counting — toward the Class of 2020’s nonprofit of choice, WomenSafe. About 50 of the 73 members of the class walked on Wednesday morning from the school to the Middlebury town green (nearly 13 miles via Green Street and Morgan Horse Farm Road), accompanied by faculty advisers and three WomenSafe representatives. There they celebrated exceeding the class goal of raising $100 per senior for WomenSafe’s new transitional housing project. The class was still collecting...
Back in August, WomenSafe marked Advocacy Week by celebrating our fabulous advocates who do so much to support people in our community who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. WomenSafe dreams of a world where violence against vulnerable people is practically unknown. We want to build a society that is equitable and just, where no one has to feel afraid at home, at work or out in public. We work toward creating this future by educating youth in Addison County schools about consent, gender equality and respectful relationships. But until our beautiful dream comes...
VERGENNES/MIDDLEBURY — Every fall seniors at Vergennes Union High School host a fundraising walk to collect funds to benefit a cause that is important to class members. The VUHS class of 2020 has chosen to walk for WomenSafe next Wednesday, Oct. 16. WomenSafe is a nonprofit that works to serve people across the gender spectrum who experience sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Commodore seniors are fundraising to help support the work that WomenSafe provides for Addison County by educating and providing a safe place and housing in the community. They will walk...

SUZANNE BYERS TALKS about her years in service to the community here in Vermont and in New Jersey during a March 27 ceremony honoring her for those contributions. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime community volunteer Suzanne Byers of Cornwall enjoys helping people. She expects nothing in return, except for perhaps a smile and an occasional “thank you.” So Byers was understandably overjoyed and flattered by the outpouring of “thank yous” and other kudos she received on March 27 at a special ceremony in her honor, courtesy of WomenSafe. The Middlebury-based nonprofit that assists victims of sexual and domestic violence in Addison County named Byers the 2019 recipient of its “Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award,” in recognition of her tireless work for...

ELAINE OROZCO HAMMOND, left, Ellen Whelan-Wuest, and Chelsea Colby have recently been elected to WomenSafe’s Board of Directors. Photo courtesy WomenSafe
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe recently announced the election of three new members to its board of directors. New board members are Chelsea Colby, Elaine Orozco Hammond and Ellen Whelan-Wuest. In welcoming the three new board members WomenSafe Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman said “They each have unique skills, and diverse experiences that will enrich our board and the entire organization.” Chelsea Colby is a Middlebury resident and teacher of first- and second-grade at Cornwall Elementary School. A February 2018 graduate of Middlebury College, Colby was an advocate for MiddSafe for several...

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