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We Care 2 - Members Helping Communities

The We Care 2 program is a member directed giving program in which the VSECU membership votes to determine which charitable organizations in Vermont will receive financial support from our cooperative. VSECU members are provided the opportunity to vote for the recipients of the We Care 2 donation funds on the annual Board of Directors election ballot. The two organizations with the most votes will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting and will each receive $10,000.

Five Finalists Announced!

A total of 65 applications were received making the decision very difficult for the Selection Committee. The committee reviewed all the applications and selected 5 finalists from the participating charities.

Congratulations to the 2014-15 We Care 2 finalists and thank you to all the Vermont charities that participated.

Get Involved!

Now’s your chance as a member of the Vermont community to join in the conversation and show your support by telling the VSECU membership why an organization is deserving of a $10,000 We Care 2 donation. 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
  • Tell VSECU members why they should vote for an organization

Finalists

VSECU members will vote to choose the two $10,000 donation recipients when ballots drop in February.

Cancer Patient Support Program

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The mission of the Cancer Patient Support (CPS) Program is to provide hope for tomorrow for cancer patients and their families. Our nonprofit, now in its 15th year, was inspired by the desire of cancer survivors and other dedicated members of the community to be an essential helping hand for patients and their families when facing cancer. CPS offers support for comprehensive psychosocial services to cancer patients and their families throughout Vermont. Our vision is that all who face cancer can do so with dignity, confidence and serenity. Contributions to CPS make possible a range of supportive services, including psychological, nutritional counseling and educational programs. We also provide emergency funding for patients who find themselves in financial hardship due to their illness.

Home Share Now

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Home Share Now has been facilitating shared housing in central Vermont since 2003; matches are often between people needing affordable housing and seniors who want to remain in their own homes. Enrollment is open to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Instead of market rent, services are performed by vetted home seekers in exchange for housing; some matches involve a contribution to household expenses like utilities. Home sharing expands the possibilities for living via housing, companionship, and services seniors, people of low income, and people in transition. Outcomes combat financial insecurity, homelessness, loneliness, and declining health. Best practices are used to facilitate matches that include in-person interviews, a comprehensive background screening, references, facilitated introductions, a trial period, a written agreement, and on-going support.

Partners In Adventure. Inc (PIA)

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Partners In Adventure, Inc is designed to honor diversity. Regardless of our physical and mental attributes, we all have the ability to learn, to give and to grow. PIA provides unique experiences to young people with and without disabilities, that help them to build personal partnerships while safely exploring, lending a helping hand and learning more about the world and one another.

Vermont Works for Women

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Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. VWW’s training and education programs reach 1,200 women and girls each year. Whether by equipping incarcerated women with employability skills to prevent recidivism and increase family stability, or by using power tools to help middle school girls learn to take healthy risks, VWW’s programs teach skills, build confidence, and change lives. An award from VSECU would support Rosie’s Girls and Women Can Do, two programs that help middle and high school girls build confidence through hands-on exposure to carpentry, engineering, welding, and dozens of other trades and STEM careers, igniting their curiosity about who they are and what they can become.

War Veterans Assistance Group, Incorporated

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Formed by veterans and friends of veterans, WVAG, Inc., provides relief to Vermont vets that are in need of support because of catastrophe or situations that have made it difficult for them to stay current on their financial obligations in order to support themselves and their families through to a better place and time. We provide emergency relief with the funds that we raise throughout the year and over time. We continue to support vets in every way possible, our charter demands it and we are happy to be a part of veterans brighter futures and remain proud to be a part of it! We consider this a privilege and honor, repaying veterans for their enormous sacrifice to all of us!