It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I was trusted to lead your United Way. To “LIVE UNITED” means that we are willing to be part of something bigger than ourselves. You have taught me this over and over again this past year. This spirit of selfless giving is imbedded in the culture of Lamoille County. When help was needed, you always answered!
So many lives were touched by United Way’s direct efforts. One parent graduated from our New Foundations program with a degree, full time employment with benefits and free of public assistance. Ninety-four individuals were kept warm by the firewood project. We advocated for four homeless families and helped them over one final barrier into permanent housing so they could provide a stable home for their children. Senior Citizens were provided with over 716 hours of snow shoveling and were given holiday gifts. Teens received gift cards during the holidays. Because of your help, we are able to identify areas where our community is under-served and fill that void.
Because of you, meals and companionship were delivered through Meals on Wheels, community members were trained in Mental Health First Aid through Lamoille County Mental Health, Recovery Coaches were trained to help individuals out of addiction through Central Vermont Recovery Center and children learned about local healthy eating choices through The Jeffersonville Farmers Market’s Power of Produce.
Your United Way looks forward to doubling the number of residents in our New Foundations program and accepting five new families. We will continue providing heating assistance with our Firewood Program because of the hands-on efforts by our employees, Board Members, volunteers and the generosity of our community. Your United Way will continue to advocate for those families and individuals who cannot do so for themselves. We look forward to continued partnerships with Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, Central Vermont Recovery and Jeffersonville Farmers Market.
We are extremely excited about our new partnerships: With Jupiter Farm Harvesting Health Program, which provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities; Tatum’s Totes, which provides children put into emergency foster care with clothing and comfort items they can call their own; Mo’ Resilient, which will identify the real and perceived barriers to kindergarten readiness for parents and their children; and Morrisville’s Alliance for Community and Culture’s Farm-to-School Program.
With your help and generosity, we can continue our work for the health, education and financial stability of our Lamoille County neighbors. Your gift of any amount is more than a donation to The United Way of Lamoille County. It is an investment in your community. Amazing things can happen when we “LIVE UNITED!”