Reaching people who need help, 365 days a year! From fresh starts to head starts, United Way succeeds only when people reach out and neighbors help neighbors. When you contribute, your dollars stay in this community - to help improve the lives of our residents, from infants to senior citizens. There are so many reasons to support United Way of Rutland County, and here are 31 of them.
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Happy Feet is a new program this year that serves children in need of new shoes. This program has proven to be very effective already, and we can't wait to keep putting new shoes on small feet in need!
This program came about when we heard that local teachers and nurses were purchasing quality shoes for children who could not afford them. United Way of Rutland County does not believe that our educators should ever have to do this, so we are truly grateful for the community support we receive for this wonderful program!
Are you in need of the benefits this program provides? If you are, please connect with your student's Rutland County school nurse and/or teacher, or give us a call at (802) 773-7477.
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During the beginning of the 2018 school year, Fair Haven Grade School’s Home School Coordinator, Melissa Hoyer, noticed a problem. Many children within her school district made it known that they were coming to school hungry and leaving school wondering where their next meal was coming from, especially during extended breaks and holidays.
Melissa, worried about the well-being of the children and their families, found out that area schools within the district (including Castleton, Fair Haven, Orwell, and Benson) did not fall within the State of Vermont’s Community Eligibility Program that provides free meals to students in need. So, she decided to take on the issue herself to create positive change within the Western Rutland Region. Because of her enthusiasm and help from United Way of Rutland County funds, these schools now send food home with over 100 children (and their extended families) on a weekly basis!