Social Responsibility News

Jun
30

Small Business Member Spotlight: Outpatch

Outpatch is a Vermont-based and veteran-owned company with the goal of using the tourism industry to increase funding to local nonprofits. Launched in February 2021, they sell stick-on patches that represent specific communities and donate 50% of the proceeds to nonprofits supporting those communities. Founder Henry Rosario left the Army in 2017 to pursue humanitarian service. […]

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Jun
09

Small Business Member Spotlight: QOR360

QOR360 has set out to change how the world sits – including kids. “Sitting is the new smoking” is an often-heard mantra espoused by epidemiologists, human resource professionals and others concerned with the overall health of our world’s desk-bound peoples. QOR360’s mission is to help ameliorate this sitting disease by bringing active sitting into the […]

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Small Business Member Spotlight: Big Heavy World

Photo: Big Heavy World volunteers, high school students Mollie Allen and Cadence Gentley, interviewed author Shawna Potter on 105.9FM The Radiator in 2020. Shawna Potter is a Baltimore-based musician who gives workshops that offer a better understanding of gender, LGBTQ, and identity-related harassment in public spaces and how to prevent and address it when it […]

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Small Business Member Spotlight: WANDERNESS

Hullo! I’m Amanda, and I live in Montpelier with my partner and two kiddos. At the end of 2020, I launched a travel-themed candle brand, WANDERNESS. As an avid globetrotter and returned Peace Corps volunteer, I wanted to create a business that celebrated travel. Scent is a powerful trigger of nostalgia, so I decided to build […]

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Nov
10

VSECU, FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF BOSTON AWARD $100,000 IN GRANTS TO VERMONT NONPROFITS

[PHOTO CAPTION] Paul Costello leads a Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) community visit. VCRD is one of the recipients of a Jobs for New England Recovery Grant. Seven Vermont nonprofits receive Jobs for New England Recovery Grant Program funding MONTPELIER, VT—VSECU is distributing $100,000 in grants to seven Vermont nonprofits significantly impacted by COVID-19. […]

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Sep
28

CCS short-listed for global impact award

Champlain Community Services (CCS), a VBSR member nonprofit based in Colchester, recently advanced to the short-list for the prestigious international Zero Project Award 2021, recognizing innovative practices and policies in employment for people with disabilities. Each year, the Zero Project finds and shares Innovative Practices and Policies that help improve the lives of persons with disabilities. CCS […]

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Sep
09

The Skinny Pancake’s ShiftMeals Launches Women in Food Systems Webinar Series

The Skinny Pancake’s ShiftMeals program launches 6-part webinar series celebrating women leaders in Vermont’s food system ShiftMeals announces “A Force to be Reckoned With: Womxn in VT’s Food System” a webinar series running from September 10th to October 15th. The 6-part series will highlight the work, leadership and experiences of women in Vermont’s food system […]

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Jul
01

STERLING COLLEGE FARM CREATES FOOD HUB TO HELP SMALL GROWERS AND REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY

CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt.––July 1, 2020––Throughout the pandemic, the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling College––home to the campus farm––, has been busy, growing and expanding its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program while observing COVID-specific health and safety procedures. But of all the adaptations implemented during this unprecedented time, “perhaps the […]

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May
20

The Skinny Pancake to Expand their ShiftMeals Program by Launching Several “Victory Farms” Across Vermont

The Skinny Pancake to extend their ShiftMeals program by launching several “Victory Farms” across Vermont The Skinny Pancake is launching a new initiative called the ShiftMeals GrowTeam in response to Vermont’s increasing food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An extension of their ShiftMeals community meals program, ShiftMeals GrowTeam invites unemployed restaurant workers and others […]

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May
05

Slow Living Summit will be Virtual This Year

BRATTLEBORO, VT – The tenth annual Slow Living Summit has been reimagined as a virtual conference.  Presented by Strolling of the Heifers and Windham Grows, the Summit’s theme is “Take a Bite Out of Climate Change” with live keynote presentations by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber. “These past few months […]

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