We Care 2—Member-Directed Giving

We Care 2

We Care 2 is a member-directed giving program that distributes $50,000 in donation funds to five nonprofit organizations that positively impact Vermonters’ essential needs in the areas of food, shelter, heat, environment, or financial education. Programs or organizations that are specifically focused on COVID relief efforts will be given priority consideration. The five finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee from participating organizations, and will receive funds based on votes cast by the VSECU membership on the 2021 Annual Elections ballot.


The application deadline is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Finalists will be announced in January. Voting results will be announced on March 17, 2021.


This is your chance, as a member of the Vermont community, to join the conversation and show your support. Your input will help guide the Selection Committee as they select five We Care 2 finalists. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Select an organization below to learn more about what they do.
  • Share, like, or comment on the social media channels of your favorite organization(s), tagging VSECU.
  • Check back often—new organizations are added daily.
  • Tell your favorite Vermont nonprofits (if they meet the criteria above) to apply.

Pathways Vermont, Inc.

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Pathways Vermont is a 501©3 non-profit organization that supports people to live and thrive in the community at times in their lives when they are most distressed: when they are struggling with thoughts of suicide, are experiencing homelessness, incarceration, institutionalization, mental health struggles or substance use challenges.

Pathways Vermont is the first and largest Housing First organization in Vermont, providing permanent housing without requirements or barriers. This evidence based model has been proven to be the most successful approach to ending and preventing homelessness. Through our Housing First programs, we serve people struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as veterans, families, and people coming out of correctional facilities and other institutions.

We use a peer-supported alternative approach to mental health in which individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges guide and aid those experiencing similar challenges. From our Community Center that provides peer support in a friendly setting, to our Soteria House which supports people experiencing mental health crises for the first time, to our 7 days/week, non-judgmental phone Support Line, our programs have an immeasurable impact on the everyday lives of our neighbors in need.

Project Linus: Chittenden, Lamoille, & Franklin Counties VT Chapter

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Project Linus: Chittenden, Lamoille, and Franklin Cos., in VT has the mission to:

  • Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘Blanketeers’;
  • Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

War Veterans Assistance Group, Inc.

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War Veterans Assistance Group, Incorporated is a 501 © (3) tax exempt public charity and is proud to say that our efforts are focused on Vermont Veterans only. None of the money raised or grants and donations are spent outside of the Green Mountain State. This is our home and the home of the veterans we serve. Our Board of Officers is made up of Vermonters and everything that we do is done for Vermont Veterans and their families in hopes of providing these deserving individuals a chance at a better life for themselves and for their families. We look forward to working with other Vermont Charities and with the people of Vermont in order to provide as much assistance and relief as possible to those who have given up so much and undoubtedly made a difference in our lives so that they can move forward with theirs.

VFW Post 1332

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The VFW POST 1332 has teamed up with its Auxiliary Members together with the VFW Riders 1332 in doing various fund raising activities to help not only our local veterans in need but also helped the residents of our local community. They have built a strong relationship with the residents of Bennington and helped our local food pantry with their generous food donations. They’ve also raised funds for the veteran residents if our local Vermont Veterans Home. They are continuing to strive to be able to help not only our veterans but also our community.

Faith in Action

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Faith in Action’s mission is to serve food insecure community members, offer socially enriching programs, and advance opportunities to increase self-sufficiency in the communities of the Northeast Kingdom and Washington County while deploying the neighbors-helping-neighbors volunteer model to instill hope and leave an enduring impact.

Faith in Action provides consistent, large-scale, and healthy food distribution from locations in Lyndonville and Cabot Vermont to community members who are struggling. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are needing supplemental food support now more than ever!

Windsor County Youth Services

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To explore, develop and implement crisis prevention and early intervention programs for youth as well as to promote awareness of new and existing resources for healthier lifestyles and decision-making for youth and their families.