We Care 2 - Members Helping Communities

We Care 2 is a member directed giving program where $20,000 in donation funds will be distributed based on the VSECU membership vote via the 2016 annual election ballot.

Charitable organizations in Vermont should submit an application for consideration before December 1. Five finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee from the participating charities listed below. The final five charitable organizations will be presented to the membership on the 2016 ballot.

Now’s your chance as a member of the Vermont community to join the conversation and show your support. The Selection Committee will use the comments and input from the community to help guide them through the selection of five finalists. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Select a charity below to learn more about the organization
  • Share, like or comment from each charity page
  • Check back often – new charities added daily
  • Tell all your favorite Vermont charities to apply

Participating Charities

Application deadline is December 1, 2015.

Community Harvest of Central Vermont


CHCV gleans food that would otherwise not be harvested from local farms to enhance the health and well-being of the Central Vermont community. We bring together community volunteers to glean from local farmers’ fields after the harvest and keep farm surplus from going to waste. The fresh gleaned produce is provided to those in need, making fresh local food available to more people. CHCV fosters appreciation, awareness and use of local food through our engagement of community volunteers. We engage all ages and economic groups, including children and recipients of the gleaned food. CHCV promotes community connections and involvement with farms by bringing people out into the farm fields to work together and learn how fresh food is grown in their community.

Living Well Group


Incorporated as a nonprofit entity in 2004, Living Well is licensed by the state of Vermont as a Level III residential care home addressing health disparities in our greater community through innovative approaches and outreach programs that help break the cycle of chronic illnesses often faced by low to moderate income elders and disabled Vermonters. Living Well’s mission is resident-focused caring for elders that promotes well-being within a wide range of community connections. Living Well has two campuses, Bristol and Burlington, to serve Vermonters ages 40 and older. Living Well Bristol serves 13 elders and Living Well Ethan Allen serves 35 elders. Of the 48 people served, 22 are low-income, Medicaid clients.

More Than Wheels


Living in Vermont without a car isn’t easy. Some, like Mary and Matt, find that out the hard way. Matt and Mary are both well-educated with master’s degrees, but when it came to household budgeting and credit they didn’t know where to begin. Rent protections were dissolved where they were living so they moved to Vermont, but without a car Matt walked 2.5 hours each way to his job. With the help of More Than Wheels the couple received financial literacy training, created a realistic budget, paid down over $4,000 in debt, saved over $1,700, and purchased a fuel-efficient car of their own! More Than Wheels helps Vermonters, like Matt and Mary, to propel forward towards their dreams from a stable financial base.

Project Independence, Barre


PI is an active Adult Day Service providing support for elderly and infirm adults. We are open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday Through Friday. Our services include nutritional meals & snacks, health monitoring, medication dispensing, hygiene care, PT support, mental & physical stimulation and socialization. PI supports caregivers needs for respite which enables folks to remain at home with family instead of confined to a nursing facility. We offer a monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting for Central VT residents and work closely with other agencies to support our participants and their families. We do all this while providing an active fun filled environment where miracles happen every day!

Intervale Center


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 hungry neighbors, working with farms, social service agencies, and community members to share Vermont’s agricultural bounty with those in need.

Vermont Center for Independent Living


The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. Founded in 1979, VCIL is the only center for independent living in Vermont and was the first organization in the state with a majority of board and staff with disabilities.

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring


Girls/Boyz First Community Based Mentoring Program provides our mentees with high quality, long-term mentoring relationships that inspire, support and enable them to realize their full potential and prepare for successful futures as productive, responsible and caring individuals.

Sexual Assault Crisis Team and Shelter


The Sexual Assault Crisis Team has since 1984 provided Washington County with 24/7 hotline, medical and legal systems advocacy, one on one peer support, emergency gender inclusive shelter. Our volunteers and advocates come from the communities we serve. Because rape, childhood sexual violence and sex trafficking have a life span impact advocates support victims during the emergency trauma as well as years after.

Moss Glen Grange #554


Moss Glen Grange #554 is a non-profit organization located in the White River Valley of Central Vermont. They assist their neighbors with free labor, food, fuel, electric and gasoline needs so that their neighbors may provide for their families and keep the community strong.

The Veterans' Place


The Veterans’ Place offers a HAND UP, not a HAND OUT. Participants must be substance free, help with household chores, work diligently on self-improvement (including finding employment), maintain a healthy lifestyle, and volunteer within the community. In return, participants may stay up to two years in our structured program. We will assist as much as possible to help YOU achieve your personal goals.

Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Inc.


Lamoille Area Cancer Network is a true non-profit that helps people with their cancer journey. We give grants to people while having cancer treatments.

Blue Star Mothers of Vermont


We support soldiers and veterans when times may be falling tough with our emergency fund program to help them with food, heating assistance, utility bills, car repairs, gas cards, clothing, pet needs, etc. We assist with veteran transitional housing by supplying needed household goods, we make monthly homemade meals for the veterans housing members along with supplying assistance with their furry friends to accommodate the paw prints in their hearts.