Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes five program areas – energy fundamentals, waste solutions, water, forests and food systems – to connect young people to real-world environmental problems, allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions. TRY for the Environment is a program of the UVM Extension, 4-H Teen & Leadership Program, and has received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
We Care 2 is a member-directed, giving program that distributes $50,000 in donation funds to five non-profit organizations that are seeking funding to positively impact Vermonters’ essential needs in the areas of food, shelter, heat, environment, or financial education. Funds are distributed based on votes cast by the VSECU membership on the 2020 Annual Elections ballot.
Applications for the We Care 2 program open in October of each year. Announcement of the opening of applications is made through VSECU member channels such as eNews, website, social media, lobby slides and direct emails. Check back for updates!
2020 WE CARE 2 FINALISTS
Congratulations to the five 2020 We Care 2 finalists!
- Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO): 14% of votes, $8,573.85 donation received
- Intervale Center: 15% of votes, $8,737.84 donation received
- Lund: 33% of votes, $13,306.94 donation received
- Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment: 24% of votes, $10,965.84 donation received
- United Way of Lamoille County: 14% of votes, $8,415.52 donation received
Our mission is: to advocate for the health, education and financial stability of Lamoille County individuals and families. The United Way of Lamoille County advocates for Lamoille County in many ways, including developing new programs that empower people and lead them towards a life of self-sufficiency; encouraging people to be active participants in improving their lives; and encouraging the community’s participation in helping us improve lives.
CVOEO serves over 23,000 people in crisis annually through its food, fuel, and housing assistance programs. However, not everyone comes through our door in times of hardship. Some come seeking to learn advocacy and leadership skills through our Mobile Home Program. Our staff provides free leadership and advocacy training along with other services such as education on housing rights, conflict resolution, referral, and a hotline. Mobile home park residents are empowered to improve their housing conditions and strengthen their communities. These communities provide essential affordable housing options in our rural state. “One young lady who works for CVOEO helped me to mitigate a serious issue for the mobile home park I live in that that in turn helped everyone in the park.”
The Intervale Center is a farm and food organization based in Burlington with a mission to strengthen community food systems. Founded with the vision to reclaim an agriculturally significant stretch of land along the Winooski River for new, community-based farm and land enterprises, today, the Center manages a model 340-acre campus and delivers agricultural and conservation programming statewide. The 340 acres we manage is home to commercial organic farms, community gardens, hiking trails, conservation areas, and a host of Intervale Center-run programs and enterprises. Our impact radiates out, as we grow and plant native trees for watershed restoration, provide business planning and technical assistance to Vermont farms, deliver local food, conduct market research, and help other organizations leverage our expertise state- and nationwide.
Lund has been helping families in Vermont for 130 years. Lund provides adoption services, clinical treatment for substance use and mental health disorders, and child and family support services to over 5,400 Vermonters each year. Lund believes in the potential of every parent, every child, and every family. We see the unique and incredible possibilities that lie ahead for our families, we do not define them by what has happened in their past. Because of Lund, children have hope, people have opportunities, and families in Vermont are stronger.