We Care 2 - Members Helping Communities

We Care 2 is a member directed giving program through which $23,000 in donation funds will be distributed to five charities that impact Vermonters’ essential needs in the areas of food, shelter, heat, environment, or financial education. The distribution of funds will be determined by the number of votes cast by VSECU members on the 2018 Annual Elections ballot.

The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Five finalists will be chosen from participating charities by a Selection Committee.




GET INVOLVED

This is your chance, as a member of the Vermont community, to join the conversation and show your support. The Selection Committee will rely on comments and input from the community for guidance as they select the five finalists. Here’s how you can get involved:

• Choose a charity below and click through to learn more about the organization.
• Share, like, or comment on each charity page.
• Check back often – new charities will be added daily.
• Tell all your favorite Vermont charities to apply.

Intervale Center

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At the Intervale Center, we believe good food can change the world! A nationally renowned nonprofit in the heart of Burlington, we are building a stronger community food system by improving farm viability, advocating and demonstrating sustainable land use, and engaging our community in the food system. With a We Care 2 donation, we will glean and rescue local, fresh food for our neighbors who are experiencing hunger, working with farms, social service agencies, and community members to share Vermont’s agricultural bounty with those in need in ways that are dignified, safe and easy, and that build community. In 2018, this program will provide 60,000 pounds of food to a thousand people throughout Chittenden County.

CarePartners Adult Day Center, Inc.

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For 25 years CarePartners has helped frail adults avoid or delay the need for nursing home care by supporting them in their efforts to remain at home. Our adult day center provides a warm, stimulating and home-like place for adults with dementia and/or physical impairment to spend the day keeping them healthy and living independently. Participants engage in meaningful, therapeutic activities, receive professional help with personal care needs, have access to health monitoring by licensed nurses and are provided healthy meals and snacks. Families and caregivers gain peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe, happy and being cared for, while they go to work, run errands or take a well-deserved break.

Northeast Kingdom Youth Services

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Northeast Kingdom Youth Services (NEKYS) is a 501© 3 nonprofit organization serving the Caledonia and Southern Essex counties of Vermont. Our scattered apartments, through our Transitional Living Program are changing the lives of young people experiencing homelessness. These extraordinary young people are demonstrating a deep commitment and strength of character in overcoming the tremendous odds of poverty and homelessness. NEKYS is dedicated to impacting their future by opening up a pathway that allows them to achieve housing stability and leave their homelessness in the past.

Age Well

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Age Well (formerly the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging) is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence.

For more than 40 years, Age Well has provided services and support that allow seniors to stay independent, and remain healthy at home, where they want to be. They excel at integrating community resources, health services, and wellness programs to enhance and improve quality of life for all seniors in the Northwestern Vermont. Age Well offers care & service coordination, Meals on Wheels; community meals; wellness programs; social activities; transportation services; expertise on Medicare, insurance, and long and short-term care options; and a helpline to Vermonters living Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties.

Leach Public Library

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The Leach Public Library strives to serve the people of Irasburg by providing free, relevant and meaningful learning opportunities through literature, technology and programs. The Library is a fixture of the community, enriching the lives of children, adults and seniors alike, as it has since 1926. The goal of the Leach Public Library Enrichment Program is to make available professional, high-interest and varied enrichment for Irasburg’s school children and adults.

Project Independence

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Project Independence is an active adult day program providing services for elderly folks and adults with disabilities in Washington and Northern Orange counties. We are open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and our services include providing nutritional meals and snacks, health oversight, hygiene care, therapy support (physical, occupational, speech), medication dispensing and mental, physical & social stimulation. PI also works closely with caregivers, family members and area agencies to support our participants wish to remain as active as possible and remain at home. We do all this and more with compassion and respect for each individual attending while providing an active fun home like environment where "Magic Happens Every Day!

Family Center of Washington County

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The Family Center of Washington County provides services and resources to all children and families in our region. We are one of Vermont’s state-designated network of Parent Child Centers. We have a staff of 45 professionals, an engaged board of nine community members, a budget of $2.5 million, and a four-STAR Early Childhood program.

Vermont Foundation of Recovery, Inc.

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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.

Brain Injury Association of Vermont

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Brain injury can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone and often co-occurs with other disabilities or may go unrecognized. BIAVT is the only statewide non-profit organization providing services to individuals with brain injury and their support system through outreach and education, the toll-free helpline, support groups, and the annual Brain Injury Conference. The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont is to create a better future for individuals with brain injury and their families through prevention, education, advocacy and support.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, VT

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Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for families with children receiving medical care at the UVM Children’s Hospital. We are a haven for families experiencing the heartache of their loved ones illness. We provide families with the comforts of home, as well as the support of our volunteers and staff. The Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the pediatric floor at the hospital provides a home-like setting for families to do laundry, take a shower, make a meal or just relax and use the TV or computer. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a partnership with the Plainfield Health Center and provides dental services to the under-served and uninsured children of Vermont who do not have access to a dentist.

Mercy Connections

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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

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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.

Lamoille Housing Partnership

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The Lamoille Housing Partnership develops, rehabilitates and maintains safe, decent, energy efficient affordable housing through rental, home ownership, or other means to low and moderate income people living within Lamoille County and the Town of Hardwick. We house seniors, veterans, disabled persons, working individuals and families. LHP provides such assistance without discrimination or prejudice using a combination of private and public funding partnerships.

Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless

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Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing more than just a bed. Our program provides the building blocks necessary for our guests to become self-sufficient so that they may sustain permanent housing. Because we strive for sustainable solutions, guests participate in coordinated case management services and participate in various supportive services that include financial literacy, employment readiness, life skills, and peer-to-peer counseling. In addition to services, BCCH also provides food and emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals in Bennington County. In October 2016, BCCH opened a new program called the “Unlocking Recovery Project” – a long-term housing program for homeless families with at least once member in recovery. Along with housing, substance abuse counselling is also provided.

Lamoille Community Food Share

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Lamoille Community Food Share provides supplemental food, free of charge, in a supportive environment. We strive to offer healthy choices to our families in need. Our six service towns are Eden, Elmore, Hyde Park, Morrisville, Stowe, and Wolcott in Lamoille county. But we don’t turn families away, so we see people from Caledonia county and Washington county and all over northern Vermont.

VGBN - Vermont Green Building Network

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Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) envisions a world where citizens, organizations and institutions are empowered with the knowledge, planning and design tools that pave the way to a sustainable, energy efficient and carbon neutral future. VGBN works with the building industry to achieve our vision of fostering green building in Vermont, thereby contributing to a thriving local economy, healthy environment, and high quality of life in all communities.

VGBN also serves as the non-profit sponsor organization of the Burlington 2030 District. The Burlington District is a private/public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030. By establishing the economic case for these reductions, we help property owners increase asset value, reduce operating costs, and create a healthier community.

H.O.P.E. - Helping Other People Everyday

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Hope strives to be a support system in the community that values and supports families by filling basic needs and improving human life. It was founded in 2005 in a response to a growing need in the community. A need for assistance in procuring life’s basic needs. Our service based organization is a nonprofit and operates through a thrift store. We are funded through our thrift store, donations, grants, and fundraising. Being private, we have no government or religious affiliations. The generous nature of our community exemplifies the giving spirit on which we were founded and operate today.

The Community Restorative Justice Center

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The Community Restorative Justice Center is committed to providing a safe environment for neighbors and parties to resolve conflict in our communities, to restore relationships, and to take responsibility to repair harms caused. We promote the principles of victim-informed restorative justice that transforms practices in workplace, school, institution, and living spaces.

Faith in Action Northern Communities Partnership Inc.

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Faith in Action – Northern Communities Partnership Inc. Neighbors Helping Neighbors = Strengthening Our Communities + All Volunteer Services.
• Transportation to medical/other appts. • Seniors’ adventure enrichment socials, outings, programs. • Free food distributions and 7 sites in four counties of over 500,000 lbs. per year. In 2016 gave out 9,900 packages of free seeds. • Friendly visiting + telephone support. • Handyman-type home repairs & ramps. • Community dinners, concerts. • Drop in social time. • Global campus disabled person programs. • Referrals to other service providers. • Food share volunteer farm-gardens. • Errands assistance/shopping & reading. • Creative and instructional programs. • NEK elderly & disabled drop-in center. • Energy or fuel and emergency situation help. • Moving assistance. • Snow shoveling and year round yard work.

War Veterans Assistance Group

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WVAG 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 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 “geared” to helping VT veterans and their families live a better life and experience what many of us take for granted which is living a comfortable life in a state that we all love. Please help us to make a difference in someone’s life, someone who undoubtedly made a difference in ours by defending our country and helped preserve all of the freedoms that we enjoy today.

Another Way

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Another Way provides a safe and friendly place to share community, to network and to learn from each other. We welcome everyone, especially persons seeking to overcome struggles and live well. Another Way grew out of the psychiatric survivor movement to counter oppressive systems of control and we continue to advocate for freedom and self-determination of care. We support around 400 individuals each year through mental health and disability advocacy, referrals, crisis-intervention, access to housing resources, peer support, supported employment, and food access. We support so many in their basic survival and also in their moments of triumph and hope.

Hannah's House

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Hannah’s House addresses the growing need for timely, accessible services and supports for individuals and families dealing with mental health challenges. Hannah’s House goal is to reduce the stigma, sense of isolation, and suffering associated with mental health issues by providing convenient local access to information, mental health therapy services, referrals, and educational workshops and groups regardless on one’s ability to pay.

Rhythm of the Rein

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We utilize the healing powers of the horse to heal, restore, change lives and improve the physical and emotional health of youth and adults with physical and emotional challenges. From children with cerebral palsy and autism to adults suffering traumatic brain injuries, at risk teens, and wounded veterans, our horses give our clients hope, health and happiness.
We have seen wheelchair bound clients regain the ability to walk, non verbal children improve their communication skills, and youth with behavioral challenges find the means within themselves to cope with challenging life situations.