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 Elections ballot. Five finalists were chosen by the Selection Committee from the participating charities and are listed below. The final five charitable organizations were presented to the membership on the 2016 ballot.


We Care 2 Finalists

Voting closed on March 16, 2016 at 5PM

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge


The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge provides free lodging to cancer patients and their families who are receiving treatment. More than a place to stay the Lodge allows people to focus on getting well.



Umbrella has been elevating the voices of women, families, and survivors of interpersonal violence in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont since 1976. Our programs seek to enhance the lives of everyone in our community by promoting safety, respect, and development and education throughout the lifespan. From improving access to quality early child care and education to providing advocacy, emergency shelter, crisis services, and community education to those affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking, Umbrella works to empower NEK residents to live safe and self-directed lives. All services are confidential and most are free or offered on a sliding fee scale.

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.

Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health


The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health exists to support families where a child or youth, age 0-22, is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. The Federation is committed to: providing families with peer support and information in order to make informed decisions; empowering families, youth and young adults to navigate service and support systems; advocating for accessible, flexible and quality family centered and driven services on a local, state and national level. The Federation collaborates with schools, communities, governmental, and private agencies, and other advocacy organizations to achieve these ends. Our Vision is that Vermont families, youth and young adults are informed, supported and empowered to grow and be well.

Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center


The Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center has been in existence since 1999 and has serviced over 3,000 veterans and families. All information is gathered by staff and is confidential. You’ll find us open Monday through Friday and a call person available on weekends.