We support nutritious food programs and community pantries to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition. Poverty and hunger is particularly high within our rural mountain VT towns. Schools witness children not eating at all or gorging because there is no food at home, on weekends, or throughout the summer.
We support educational programs that help teens develop a vision for a future with economic independence. Our area has among the highest concentration of VT families living in poverty, and it has been unchanged for decades. Children in poverty are more likely to drop out of school, perform poorly, & have health and wellness issues.
We provide funding to care for the health and well-being of our disadvantaged children. There are teens in our area that have never been to the dentist, and so many that go without basic necessities and services. Geographic and socioeconomic factors form barriers that prevent poor VT children from growing up happy, healthy, and successful.
We provide heat assistance so that low-income families remain safe, warm, and secure. VT winters are cold and long. Schools report children with no coats and sneakers that are duct-taped to weather the wet snow.
We provide financial assistance to those who experience hardship due to natural disaster or emergency. Over $400,000 was raised and distributed to help our local community repair and rebuild after Hurricane Irene in 2011. We remain poised to help our families in time of crisis.
We provide a Todd Richter First Generation Endowment Scholarship to local high-school graduates.
Demonstrating need and potential, these young adults will go on to be educational groundbreakers for themselves and their families to break the cycle of rural poverty.