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We Care 2 - Members Helping Communities

We Care 2 is a member directed giving program where $20,000 in donation funds is annually distributed to five charities seeking funding to impact Vermonters essential needs in the areas of food, shelter, heat, financial education, or environment. The distribution of funds was based on votes cast by the VSECU membership on the 2017 annual election ballot.


2017 We Care 2 Finalists

Champlain Housing Trust


The Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is a community land trust that supports the people of Northwest Vermont and strengthens their communities through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes. CHT’s programs provide safe, decent and affordable housing for people from homelessness to homeownership. In 2008, CHT was recognized with the prestigious United Nations World Habitat Award, which recognized the innovation, sustainability and transferability of our programs. This year, we have developed On Track, a new financial counseling program that puts renters on a strong fiscal footing while avoiding the disruption and troubles of eviction. Learn more about our impact.

Chittenden Community Action, a program of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)


Asylum-seekers in Vermont are fleeing terrible conditions – war, political persecution, famine – and cannot return to their home country because of fear for their and their families’ safety.

The asylum-seeking process can take from 18 months to several years to receive approval, and during this time they are not eligible for state and federally-funded benefits or services.

ASAP, a program of CVOEO’s Chittenden Community Action, provides stopgap assistance to help families through while awaiting approval of their asylum application. This is done through financial literacy education, staff support, and a monthly stipend to families for the purchase of foods, toiletries, warm clothing and shoes, transportation, and other basic needs. Learn more about our impact.

COVER Home Repair


COVER Home Repair organizes volunteers to help low-income homeowners address their most urgent home repair and accessibility needs. Each year we complete 80 urgent home repairs and 70 weatherization projects in Vermont and New Hampshire with the help of 300+ volunteers.

When our volunteers arrive, the home is often close to uninhabitable due to a range of issues: collapsing floors, severe water damage from leaking roofs, holes in walls or ceiling that make the house unheatable, and doors and windows that won’t close. Many of our homeowners are elderly and disabled veterans who can no longer access their homes given these serious hazards. COVER works with these homeowners to conduct the repairs needed to make the home warm, safe, and comfortable for its residents. Learn more about our impact.

Groundworks Collaborative (formerly Morningside Shelter & the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center)


Groundworks was established in 2015 with the merger of two well-established organizations: the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter. Groundworks’ mission is to provide ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area. Our programs include:

Food Shelf – serves over 1300 individuals each month
Shelter – a year-round 30-bed shelter for families and individuals
Seasonal Overflow Shelter – open in the winter months, the SOS provided a warm place to sleep for 191 individuals last winter
Day Shelter – provides a place of belonging and access to email, telephones, laundry, showers, and coffee
Case Management – assists families and individuals to find and maintain stable housing
Representative Payee – financial management for over 50 recipients of SSI and/or SSDI

Learn more about our impact.

Vermont Foundation of Recovery


Our mission is to create a network of Recovery Homes to help people suffering from addiction re-assimilate into society by supporting the transitions from addiction, to recovery, to independent living. A Recovery Home is many things. Fundamentally, a Recovery Home is a residential property where the members of the home agree to maintain a drug and alcohol free environment. Additionally, we strive to create a family-like atmosphere in our homes – one where our members are nurtured and energized by others who share common experiences, struggles, values, and goals. Finally, we aim to structure our homes to provide varying degrees of supervision and autonomy, offering a variety of affordable residences to meet the needs of individuals at varying stages of recovery.

Learn more about our impact.