We Care 2 - Members Helping Communities

We Care 2 is a member-directed giving program where $23,000 in donation funds will be distributed to 5 charities seeking funding to impact Vermonters’ essential needs in the areas of food, shelter, heat, environment, or financial education. The distribution of funds will be based on votes cast by the VSECU membership on the 2018 annual election ballot.

Voting has closed. Applications for 2019 We Care 2 funding will be available in October, 2018.


Congratulations to the five 2018 We Care 2 finalists! Learn more about each organization and what they will do with the donation funds directed by the VSECU membership.

Charter House Coalition


Charter House Coalition strives to empower those in our immediate and extended community by providing basic necessities of food, shelter, and safety in a warm and welcoming environment of volunteers. It is our belief that everyone in the community has something to offer. We embody that belief through our intentions, values statement, and actions. We value a safe and welcoming place where people are our first priority. We respect privacy for all people’s stories. We practice acceptance, respect, compassion, and grace. We honor privacy and discretion. We grow relationships and we are a community of neighbor helping neighbor.

Community Harvest of Central Vermont


Since 2014, CHCV has gleaned 300,000 servings of food that would otherwise not be harvested from 30 local farms to enhance the health and well-being of the Central Vermont community. We bring together 300 community volunteers yearly to glean from local farmers’ fields after harvest and keep farm surplus from going to waste. The fresh gleaned produce is donated to 17 food shelves and other organizations that are feeding those in need, making fresh local food available to more hungry Vermonters. CHCV also fosters appreciation, awareness, and use of local food through our engagement of community volunteers of all ages. CHCV promotes community connections by bringing people out into the farm fields to work together and learn how fresh food is grown in their community.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont


Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has been serving children and families at significant risk of child abuse and neglect for 41 years by creating, adopting and carrying out innovative, highly effective prevention programs. PCAVT serves thousands of children, adolescents, parents, caregivers and educators each year through the implementation of their prevention programs. In 2016, PCAVT served 13,798 children, parents, educators, professionals and caregivers.

Mercy Connections


Mercy Connections is an educational value driven non-profit organization that compassionately nurtures self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, entrepreneurship and community. People are empowered to make significant life changes. Programs and supports contribute to: improved literacy and education; acquisition of business skills and the development of small businesses; reduced recidivism; gains in confidence, skills that allow people to move forward in their lives and lead more healthy, meaningful lives.

Blue Star Mothers of Vermont


We are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in all branches of the United States Military. Our mission is to provide to support to our veterans, our active military and the families of our fallen. We provide financial/emergency assistance for utilities, food, rent, gas, vehicle repairs, et cetera.
We also have our pet program and offer pet fostering for veterans who need pet care for any reason such as deployment, hospital stays, homelessness, medical issues, et cetera. We furnish comfort dogs (& cats) for veterans free of charge, provide good manners training for their dogs if needed, provide veterinary service assistance, and have a self training service dog program for veterans who suffer from PTSD.