In 2015, UWWC established the Kids in Coats Fund (KIC). KIC is funded solely by community contributions and 100% of donations go directly to helping families access warm winter outerwear for their children.
The voucher system gives families flexibility and buying power, and gives children the chance to choose their favorite colors, patterns, and enjoy shopping for their own clothes. Our vouchers allow families to purchase:
- Winter Coats
- Winter Socks
- Snow Pants
We would like to thank our participating vendors for accepting KIC vouchers and helping Windham County families purchase everything they need for the winter season. They have been instrumental partners in this process and embody the idea of 'community'. We extend our thanks to Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, Experienced Goods, Whippersnappers, Love it Twice, Northeast Mountain Footwear, West Townshend Country Store Thrift, Twice Blessed, SEVCA Good Buy Thrift Store, Busy Bee's and Second Chance Shoppe. We have been working hard to expand our vendor list while retaining and expanding these partnerships.
We encourage you to check out a few of the articles published by the Reformer about our Kids in Coats program. They include interviews with vendors, UWWC employees, referral sources and participants. To view some of these articles, follow these links: http://www.reformer.com/stories/kids-in-coatsnew-name-and-method-same-mi... http://www.reformer.com/stories/brattleboros-kids-in-coats-replaces-chri... http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/united-way-of-windham-countys-ki...
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: What is my donation being used for?
A: 100% of all donations fund KIC vouchers for families in Windham County.
If you would like to make a donation, mail a check made out to UWWC with "KIC" in the memo line, or donate online here!
Q: How do I apply?
A: Families* apply through a referral agency
Your referral agency can be your child's school, early education provider or social services agency. If you are uncertain about how to find a referral agency, you can contact United Way of Windham County and we can provide assistance. Our contact information is vista[@]unitedwaywindham.org or call 802.257.4011 x111. Once you have completed a paper application, you will return that application to the referral source. They must submit your application to UWWC no later than October 17th, 2018.
*Foster families will all apply through DCF. Please do not submit applications for foster children through any other referral agency.
Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications are due in the second week of October each year. They are sent to referral sources in the first week of September. Families should reach out to their child(ren)'s school, early education provider or a social services agency in order to apply.
Your referral source may require you to submit your application at an earlier date at their discretion.
Q: Do you provide vouchers for foster families?
A: YES (not directly - through DCF)
Foster families receive Kids in Coats vouchers for their foster child through the Department of Child and Family Services and should NOT apply for Kids in Coats through any other referral source. Contact Michelle Colburn at DCF or your DCF Case Manager for further information.
Q: How much are KIC vouchers worth?
A: That depends on the age of the child.
Children age 0 - 3 receive $50 in vouchers
Children age 4 - grade 4 receive $75 in vouchers
Children grade 5 & 6 receive $100 in vouchers
Q: When will applicants be notified?
A: Applicants will be notified and receive vouchers in the mail during the first week of November. Your mailing address (the address that you provide with your application) MUST be up to date in order for you to receive the vouchers. Please provide a valid address where you can receive mail.
If you have any questions during the process or need assistance, reach out to your referral source or contact us at vista[@]unitedwaywindham.org
Q: How do I spend my vouchers?
A: All voucher recipients will receive a list of participating stores, which accept KIC vouchers from November 5, 2018 until January 15, 2019.
If you need assistance using your KIC vouchers, please let your referral source know. They are your point people in this process and they are willing to help.
Q: What happens if I do not get a voucher?
A: We have compiled this referral sheet to other holiday programs and resources that may be helpful.
We have provided this guide to all of our referral sources to be distributed, which identifies numerous programs for which your family may be eligible.
Q: Is my family eligible for the Kids in Coats program?
A: Eligible families live in Windham County, have children age 0 - grade 6, and have income no greater than 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
This chart shows the 130% of federal poverty guidelines for July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 (check online for an up-to-date chart). If your household income falls within the limits on this chart, your family is eligible for Kids in Coats assistance. Talk with your child's school, early childhood provider or social services agency to apply or for further information.
Household Size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 15,782 1,316 304
2 21,398 1,784 412
3 27,014 2,252 520
4 32,630 2,720 628
5 38,246 3,118 736
6 43,862 3,656 844
7 49,478 4,124 952
8 55,094 4,592 1,060
For each additional household member, add:
+5,616 +468 +108