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Vermont town meeting is a tradition dating back to the mid-1700s. Town citizens in Vermont held meetings to address the issues they faced collectively. Town meeting was, as it still is today, an opportunity to socialize and meet new neighbors and community members. It brings people together who may not…
Senator Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from Vermont. After serving as a senator for nearly 50 years, Leahy is ranked 1st in seniority in the Senate. Senator Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across the street…
In the fall of 2021, we interviewed 19 funded partners and three neighboring United Ways as part of our 3-month advocacy listening tour. Talking with our partners improved our understanding of local advocacy efforts and goals, leading to our first-ever policy priority agenda. It expanded our knowledge…
For years, Addison County and communities across the state have been struggling to meet the demands of the mental health crisis, made even worse since the pandemic. Despite being underfunded and faced with workforce shortages, our local and state mental health agencies are doing their best. Hospitals,…
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in different ways over the last two years. During Governor Scott’s State of the State address, he talked about how in order to grow stronger we must be clear about the challenges we face, the problems we must solve, and the people and places that need our…
What exactly is the Legislative Session? A legislative session is the period of time in which a legislature (House Representatives and Senate) is convened for the purpose of lawmaking. In Vermont, the first session began on Tuesday, January 4th at 10:00 am.  Much of what the Legislature does involves…
This guest blog post was written by Veronica Ciambra, the Executive Director of Addison Allies Network, Inc. Addison Allies Network, Inc. (AAN) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit founded in 2017. AAN helps and supports migrant farmworkers and immigrants living in Addison County, Vermont. Our initial board…
Happy December, Addison County! It’s a busy month for so many, with holiday traditions highlighting year-end festivities. For the folks like us who work at Addison County nonprofits, our hearts are doubly warmed by the beauty of the snowy landscape we call home, combined with the generosity of our friends…
There is a familiar saying “we are all in the same boat” meaning, we are all going through the same thing, in a similar situation, experiencing things the same way. While we may all be in the same ocean, we are not in the same boat. Some have ships, others canoes, and some of us may just be swimming.…
Across the nation, state, and our very own Addison County community, we are witnessing a surge in substance misuse. Substance misuse results in increased deaths, broken families, and an increase in poverty. From opioid addiction to alcohol misuse, our community is facing an uphill climb against substance…
Vermont town meeting is a tradition dating back to the mid-1700s. Town citizens in Vermont held meetings to address the issues they faced collectively. Town meeting was, as it still is today, an opportunity to socialize and meet new neighbors and community members. It brings people together who may not…
Senator Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from Vermont. After serving as a senator for nearly 50 years, Leahy is ranked 1st in seniority in the Senate. Senator Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across the street…
In the fall of 2021, we interviewed 19 funded partners and three neighboring United Ways as part of our 3-month advocacy listening tour. Talking with our partners improved our understanding of local advocacy efforts and goals, leading to our first-ever policy priority agenda. It expanded our knowledge…
For years, Addison County and communities across the state have been struggling to meet the demands of the mental health crisis, made even worse since the pandemic. Despite being underfunded and faced with workforce shortages, our local and state mental health agencies are doing their best. Hospitals,…
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in different ways over the last two years. During Governor Scott’s State of the State address, he talked about how in order to grow stronger we must be clear about the challenges we face, the problems we must solve, and the people and places that need our…
What exactly is the Legislative Session? A legislative session is the period of time in which a legislature (House Representatives and Senate) is convened for the purpose of lawmaking. In Vermont, the first session began on Tuesday, January 4th at 10:00 am.  Much of what the Legislature does involves…
This guest blog post was written by Veronica Ciambra, the Executive Director of Addison Allies Network, Inc. Addison Allies Network, Inc. (AAN) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit founded in 2017. AAN helps and supports migrant farmworkers and immigrants living in Addison County, Vermont. Our initial board…
Happy December, Addison County! It’s a busy month for so many, with holiday traditions highlighting year-end festivities. For the folks like us who work at Addison County nonprofits, our hearts are doubly warmed by the beauty of the snowy landscape we call home, combined with the generosity of our friends…
There is a familiar saying “we are all in the same boat” meaning, we are all going through the same thing, in a similar situation, experiencing things the same way. While we may all be in the same ocean, we are not in the same boat. Some have ships, others canoes, and some of us may just be swimming.…
Across the nation, state, and our very own Addison County community, we are witnessing a surge in substance misuse. Substance misuse results in increased deaths, broken families, and an increase in poverty. From opioid addiction to alcohol misuse, our community is facing an uphill climb against substance…