UWAC Blog

When you are young, you believe you are invincible. It is scientifically proven that teens are more defiant and reckless than adults. Unfortunately, that means that teenagers are less likely to listen to any facts that contradict their own beliefs, especially when it comes to substance use. In my position…
Another thing we’ve learned this year: “volunteering” no longer implies side-by-side interaction with others. Virtual and “no contact” volunteering opportunities are plentiful and should be added to the list of good health practices, along with frequent handwashing, keeping a distance, and wearing a…
While driving through Main Street in Bristol you may have seen handmade paper jerseys in the windows of businesses, names of players are painted across the backs, and positive messages written below the names encouraging players to do their best at the upcoming championship. One team, at one high school,…
It's back to school time. That annual excitement of starting a new chapter is being replaced with anxiety and uncertainty for many Addison County families this year. Whether your family is doing fully remote learning or the hybrid schedule (two days in-school; three days remote learning), we have a few…
In the last four months, we have all witnessed the drastic changes in our towns and cities across the state due to the worldwide pandemic from the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the first and noticeable differences in our communities, was the shift from dining out at the local restaurants, to curbside pick…
Helena recently moderated the webinar, “What’s Next, Nonprofits?” in collaboration with Sarah Audet and Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Panelists included Addison County nonprofit leaders Rachel Cummings (Counseling Service of Addison County), Deb Wesley (Addison County Home Health & Hospice), Sadie…
This story was written-up by Open Door Clinic's outreach nurse, Julia, in preparation for testimony provided by Heidi Sulis, MPH and Julia Doucet, RN to a joint hearing of the Senate Health and Welfare and House Health Committees on April 22, 2020, and to the Senate Agricultural Committee on April 23,…
April 19th - 25th is National Volunteer Week. Perhaps now more than ever, the importance of volunteering is not just something to be celebrated but something to be truly cherished. The groups of volunteers who we would typically see in our local rec fields with rakes and shovels in their hands are now…
Youth-to-Youth: A message from Olivia & Sean Hello, Addison County youth! At United Way of Addison County, it is our mission to preserve the overall health and well-being of the individuals in our area, especially youth.  As the youth representation in this organization, we wanted to give some helpful…
There is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including United Way of Addison County and many of our community partners. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law…
When you are young, you believe you are invincible. It is scientifically proven that teens are more defiant and reckless than adults. Unfortunately, that means that teenagers are less likely to listen to any facts that contradict their own beliefs, especially when it comes to substance use. In my position…
Another thing we’ve learned this year: “volunteering” no longer implies side-by-side interaction with others. Virtual and “no contact” volunteering opportunities are plentiful and should be added to the list of good health practices, along with frequent handwashing, keeping a distance, and wearing a…
While driving through Main Street in Bristol you may have seen handmade paper jerseys in the windows of businesses, names of players are painted across the backs, and positive messages written below the names encouraging players to do their best at the upcoming championship. One team, at one high school,…
It's back to school time. That annual excitement of starting a new chapter is being replaced with anxiety and uncertainty for many Addison County families this year. Whether your family is doing fully remote learning or the hybrid schedule (two days in-school; three days remote learning), we have a few…
In the last four months, we have all witnessed the drastic changes in our towns and cities across the state due to the worldwide pandemic from the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the first and noticeable differences in our communities, was the shift from dining out at the local restaurants, to curbside pick…
Helena recently moderated the webinar, “What’s Next, Nonprofits?” in collaboration with Sarah Audet and Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Panelists included Addison County nonprofit leaders Rachel Cummings (Counseling Service of Addison County), Deb Wesley (Addison County Home Health & Hospice), Sadie…
This story was written-up by Open Door Clinic's outreach nurse, Julia, in preparation for testimony provided by Heidi Sulis, MPH and Julia Doucet, RN to a joint hearing of the Senate Health and Welfare and House Health Committees on April 22, 2020, and to the Senate Agricultural Committee on April 23,…
April 19th - 25th is National Volunteer Week. Perhaps now more than ever, the importance of volunteering is not just something to be celebrated but something to be truly cherished. The groups of volunteers who we would typically see in our local rec fields with rakes and shovels in their hands are now…
Youth-to-Youth: A message from Olivia & Sean Hello, Addison County youth! At United Way of Addison County, it is our mission to preserve the overall health and well-being of the individuals in our area, especially youth.  As the youth representation in this organization, we wanted to give some helpful…
There is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including United Way of Addison County and many of our community partners. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law…