UWAC Blog

I am incredibly lucky to have a job that allows me to be unapologetically young. Through my work at United Way, I am able to provide a youth perspective on substance use within the community. As a Vergennes resident, I had the opportunity to speak at our City Council meeting when retail cannabis was…
Following the July 2020 workshop, "Critical Questions for Anti-Racist Organizations" with Renee Wells, many Addison County leaders expressed interest in participating in a local racial equity learning community. Donna Bailey (Executive Director, Addison County Parent Child Center), Lauren Ross (Development…
At our monthly board meeting in September, after we approved minutes and discussed regular business, we spiced things up in the world of virtual meetings and "officially" launched our annual campaign with a development refresher training for our board. We covered campaign branding, recapped donor feedback,…
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,…
On March 17, 2020, United Way of Addison County launched Addison County Responds, our COVID-19 emergency relief campaign. The reality of what a global pandemic meant for Addison County still settling in and people were just getting into the habit of not shaking hands and deciding if events needed to…
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…
I am incredibly lucky to have a job that allows me to be unapologetically young. Through my work at United Way, I am able to provide a youth perspective on substance use within the community. As a Vergennes resident, I had the opportunity to speak at our City Council meeting when retail cannabis was…
Following the July 2020 workshop, "Critical Questions for Anti-Racist Organizations" with Renee Wells, many Addison County leaders expressed interest in participating in a local racial equity learning community. Donna Bailey (Executive Director, Addison County Parent Child Center), Lauren Ross (Development…
At our monthly board meeting in September, after we approved minutes and discussed regular business, we spiced things up in the world of virtual meetings and "officially" launched our annual campaign with a development refresher training for our board. We covered campaign branding, recapped donor feedback,…
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,…
On March 17, 2020, United Way of Addison County launched Addison County Responds, our COVID-19 emergency relief campaign. The reality of what a global pandemic meant for Addison County still settling in and people were just getting into the habit of not shaking hands and deciding if events needed to…
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…