Funded HOPE Programs

A critical piece of the community impact model is community impact grants to programs that show results. United Way of Windham County asks all applicants to align their program requests to the target community outcomes and to track/report program results. 
 
The HOPE team of volunteers in the areas of Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Education, as well as members of our Community Investment Committee, have an ongoing role in building relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and resources through which United Way of Windham County builds meaningful strategies to achieve our community outcomes. 
 
The following programs will be funded for Fiscal Year 2017, from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017:
 

Health:

Center for Health & Learning – Umatter Youth & Young Adults

Provides learning opportunities for youth that promote mental health and reduce bullying, substance abuse and suicide. Its goal is to create healthy cultures that promote compassion.
 

Parks Place Community Resource Center – Healthy Homes

Improve indoor home environments where children ages 0 – 6 reside by providing the resources and education needed to improve air quality, safety and comfort where children can grow to their full potential.
 

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont - Nurturing Parenting Program

Strengthen families and decrease child abuse and neglect. More specifically, our objectives for program participants are to decrease parental isolation and stress, develop appropriate expectations of children, increase empathy, learn alternatives to use of corporal punishment, promote appropriate parent-child roles, and foster children’s power and independence.
 

Youth Services Inc. – Youth House

Provide transitional housing to homeless or unstably housed youth and support them through case management as they engage in a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
 

Prosperity:

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont - Food Program

Provide free, nutritious food to individuals living with HIV and their families thereby improving their health and well-being.
 

Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro - Supper Program

Ensure that food-insecure youth (members and non-members) have daily access to a free dinner that is nutritionally well-balanced and appealing.
 

Green Mountain Camp for Girls – Nutritious & Delicious

Continue offering nutritious & delicious food, especially since many of the children do not consistently have access to local healthy food at home. This means expanding our menu to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and whole grains since so much depends on good nutrition.
 

Groundworks Collaborative – Housing Support Case Management

Provides supportive services to families and individuals to secure and maintain housing. Case managers work with homeless and precariously housed individuals and families who face a variety of issues that make them “difficult to house” with the aim of obtaining and maintaining housing while preventing future homelessness.
 

Groundworks Collaborative – Representative Payee

The program prevents homelessness by providing financial guardianship to Social Security beneficiaries whom the Social Security Administration (SSA) has deemed unable to manage their own money. The Representative Payee receives participants’ benefits, and pays rent and basic living expenses on time each month - maintaining housing and good financial standing.
 

Groundworks Collaborative - Shelter Case Management

Provide short-term, transitional shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or unstable housing situations, and support them with intensive case management as they engage in a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
 

Education:

Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro – School Success

Support all youth on their path to academic success. Education is vital to thrive in this world, therefore, our objective is to support school success for all our members by providing them assistance which they may not have elsewhere.
 

Center for Health & Learning – Family Engagement in Windham County

To produce a coordinated family engagement effort to help Windham County students succeed in school.
 
 

Windham Child Care Association – Early Learning Express

Provide program enrichment and professional support for early care and education professionals and literacy activities for young children in child care settings throughout Windham County.
 

Windham Child Care Association - Professional Development Program

Provide the support, training, and resources that early childhood educators need to create and sustain high quality, developmentally appropriate child care programs.
 

Youth Services Inc. - Big Brothers Big Sisters

Provide mentoring for local youth age 6-18 to reduce the impact of risk factors of youth facing adversity. This includes promoting and modeling self-esteem, social confidence, avoiding risky behaviors, and educational success.