- About Kids in Coats -

After the Reformer Christmas Stocking program ended 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. Our vouchers allow families to purchase:
  • winter coats
  • boots
  • snowpants
  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
For more general information regarding eligibility, click here.
 
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 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, text "snowy" to 41444, or click 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 13, 2017.  
 
*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: They must be received by October 13, 2017. 
 
Your referral source may require you to submit your application at an earlier date at their discretion. 
 

Q: Do you prioritize homeless or foster families? 

A: YES
 
Homeless families will receive Kids in Coats vouchers for winter outerwear. They still need to apply through a referral source. 
 
Foster families will 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 notifed and receive vouchers during the week of November 6, 2017. 
 
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 6, 2017 - January 15, 2018 
 
If you need assistance using your KIC voucers, 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 resource guide.
 
We have provided this guide to all of our referral sources to be distributed, which identifies numerous programs that your family may be eligible for.
 

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, 2017 - June 30, 2018. 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                   15,678        1,307         302
 
        2                   21,112        1,760         406
 
        3                   26,546        2,213         511
 
        4                   31,980        2,665         615
 
        5                   37,414        3,118         720
 
        6                   42,848        3,571         824
 
        7                   48,282        4,024         929
 
        8                   53,716        4,477         1,033
 
For each additional household member, add:
 
                            +5,434         +453          +105
 

For further information, please contact us at vista@unitedwaywindham.org or call 802.257.4011 x111.