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 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 2021 Annual Elections ballot.

Voting has closed. Applications for 2022 We Care 2 funding will be available later this year.


Congratulations to the five 2021 We Care 2 finalists!

  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center: 25% of votes, $11,158 donation received
  • Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (GBICS): 10% of votes, $7,418 donation received
  • North Central Vermont Recovery Center: 20% of votes, $9,896 donation received
  • ReSOURCE: 23% of votes, $10,761 donation received
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont: 23% of votes, $10,767 donation received


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ReSOURCE is dedicated to empowering individuals and strengthening Vermont communities through workforce development, poverty relief, and environmental stewardship. In our nearly 30 years serving Vermont, we’ve continued to grow and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs in our community. With each new challenge, we find opportunity to innovate and grow our impact. The work we do matters now more than ever, in fact, it’s essential.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont

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As the only refugee resettlement agency in the state of Vermont, USCRI Vermont has helped thousands of newly arrived refugees and immigrant families adjust to new cultural and social norms, gain employment opportunities, learn English, secure safe and affordable housing, and access other community services. Through our comprehensive case management and service programs, USCRI Vermont has resettled clients from more than 35 countries of origin, including Bhutan, Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria in Burlington, Winooski, and other towns throughout Vermont. USCRI Vermont has a long history of actively partnering with a number of state agencies and regional nonprofits such as the Agency of Human Services/Office of State Refugee Coordinator, the State Refugee Health Coordinator, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV), and Spectrum Youth Services as well as the cities of Burlington, Winooski, Rutland, Montpelier and smaller towns throughout the state. Ongoing partner organizations include Technology for Tomorrow, Baba Tree International, Crossroads: Where Cultures Meet, Vermont Students Assistance Corporation, Multicultural Youth Program at Spectrum Youth Services, the Burlington School District, the Winooski School District, high school guidance departments, Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont, Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, Community College of Vermont, and Champlain College.

Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc.

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GBICS’ mission is to advance the health of our neighbors by helping them meet their basic human needs including access to food, shelter and healthcare. Our programs include the Interfaith Food and Fuel fund, providing economic assistance to individuals experiencing financial crisis; the Bennington Free Clinic, offering free primary medical care to uninsured and underinsured adults, as well as insurance assistance, a You First Champion and tobacco cessation counseling; the Oral Health Coalition, working to improve oral health outcomes in Bennington; the Kitchen Cupboard food distribution program; and Food Fit cooking and nutrition education classes.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center

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The Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence through a 24-hour hotline, an emergency pet-friendly shelter, criminal and civil court advocacy services, community advocacy services (medical, housing, educational, employment, and financial), and outreach and education to schools and community groups. Clarina has a 40-year history of providing trauma informed, survivor centered services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Over this time, the need for Clarina’s services has increased and the organization has adapted and expanded to meet the changing needs of survivors seeking services. Currently, Clarina serves more than 400 individuals annually. A violence free tomorrow is our vision today.
For more information, please go to http://clarina.org/

North Central Vermont Recovery Center

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North Central Vermont Recovery Center is the Lamoille Valley’s peer-professional provider for addiction recovery services. We provide numerous different pathways to and in recovery from substance use disorders. We host and facilitate both 12-Step and non-12-Step meetings, including AA, NA, Overeaters Anonymous, Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, SMART Recovery, All Recovery and Refuge Recovery. We have the state’s most successful recovery coaching program. We have healing arts and music programs and a groundbreaking health and wellness program offering modalities such as reiki, AcuDetox, yoga, nutrition classes, a garden, community meals, and healthy foods. We make knowledgeable referrals to other service providers, both locally and throughout the statewide system. We provide recovery coaching in the emergency department at Copley Hospital 24/7/365 for people who go to the hospital as a result of substance use. We provide sober social and recreational opportunities and ways for community members to connect with one another. And we will soon expand at a satellite facility in Johnson at Jenna’s House with our partners Jenna’s Promise, where we will provide all of the above as well as a new fitness center, significantly expanded health and wellness opportunities, our Moms in Recovery Support Program, and many other opportunities. North Central Vermont Recovery Center is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to providing an upbeat, welcoming, safe, and substance-free environment for individuals and families on their paths to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. All of our programs and services are provided completely free of charge for anyone in recovery or who wants to be and their families. You can learn more about us at https://www.ncvrc.com/