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AmeriCorps VISTA members Molly McNamee, serving at United Way of Windham County, and Maria Steinart, serving at Big Brothers Big Sisters, participating in a day of service.   On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AmeriCorps members across the country participated in a “day of service”. My friend Maria and I decided to spend our day at the Groundworks Food Shelf on South Main St, Brattleboro, connected to their Drop In Shelter.  It was a really cold day, but the library and most of the restaurants in...
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Carrie Simmons, owner of New Ground Creative. New Ground Creative gives mission-driven organizations and businesses their competitive edge through brand awareness and authentic messaging.    365 days of the year United Way of Windham County unites people, organizations and businesses to create positive sustainable change in our community.  Our small businesses are also present here, 365 days of the year, providing services and products with local knowledge and investment. To honor that...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  Recently at a United@Work meeting focused on financial stability, one representative shared that for a long time, she SHOULD HAVE BEEN receiving financial assistance, but she was too proud, so she just kept doing what was necessary to make it by. She said that she did not accept help until an advocate spoke to her in a way that engaged her.     It is disheartening, as a young woman living in line with the poverty level of this county, to be simultaneously working to alleviate poverty and...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
By Carmen Derby, Executive Director, United Way of Windham County   When I tried imagining our community without United Way of Windham County (UWWC), here’s what I heard  ̶  silence. Not the golden kind, but a stifling silence shrouding critical community needs that could quite possibly have remained unmet. That’s because the community engagement we initiate, facilitate and participate in serves as a catalyst for creating programs that improve the quality of life for Windham County residents...
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Each year, United Way of Windham County organizes a Day of Caring where we match community volunteers with opportunities across Windham County to provide skills, labor, and energy. Above, Carmen Derby, Executive Director of UWWC, eats breakfast with volunteers, as well as the Executive Director of Our Place, Lisa Pitcher, before they begin their Day of Caring! 2018 marks United Way of Windham County’s 60th anniversary as a part of this community. We are so thankful to our partners and excited...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A TRUE VERMONTER. I’VE BEEN STUCK USING AUNT JEMIMA SYRUP FOR MOST OF MY LIFE.  I relocated to Brattleboro this past summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA, aiming to alleviate poverty within Windham County. Through my service and through the friendships I have made, I’ve learned a lot.  Life in Brattleboro has been a huge change from my life in Ohio. I have been in awe of this community.  Everyone seems to know everyone else, and genuinely care about what’s going on in each other’s...
Monday, January 8, 2018

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