Social Responsibility News


Vermont Farm to Plate Releases Food Security in Vermont: Roadmap to 2035

For two years, over 600 Vermonters contributed their personal expertise on food security to develop a Food Security in Vermont: Roadmap to 2035. The Farm to Plate Network’s Food Security Priority Strategy Team led the Roadmap development presented the completed Roadmap on January 24, 2024 to the Vermont Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Vermont […]


Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Welcomes High School Students for A Summer Learning Adventure

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is now accepting applications for the 2024 offerings of its residential summer programs. Passionate and curious Vermont high school students are invited to apply and can attend for as little as $10. This year, GIV will be offering eight different summer Institutes including Arts, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science & […]


VBSR member agency helps youth with disabilities aim high

A “sponsor spotlight” article recently uploaded to VTDigger reports that, “For too long, opportunities and expectations for youth with intellectual disabilities and autism – and the expectations they set for themselves – were modest. Strong and expanding partnerships between Vermont Care Partner network agencies, schools, state government, and Vermont employers have opened the door for […]


An Impact Investor’s Musings: Lessons Learned from a Decade of Investing in Rural Communities

By Janice St. Onge, President, Flexible Capital Fund, L3C Since 2011 I’ve been running the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (the Flex Fund), a for-profit, impact investment fund and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The Flex Fund provides flexible, patient risk capital in the form of revenue based financing, debt and equity, to growing companies in […]


Mickey Wiles Wins Recovery-Friendly Workplaces Award

Mickey Wiles, CEO and founder of Working Fields, has received the 2023 Tammy Bushell Award for making substantial contributions to creating recovery-friendly workplaces in Vermont. The award was presented by Tammy Bushell, the award’s namesake and a longtime Working Fields client, on Recovery Day. “This award is only possible because of all the work done […]


Datta, Hamilton, and Sibilia appointed to Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Board

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announces the appointment of Aditi Datta of Winooski, Jean Hamilton of Plainfield and Laura Sibilia of Dover to the VSJF Board of Directors. VSJF is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development in the agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy and environmental technology sectors. […]


Wheels for Warmth Enters 17th Year with a New Central VT Location; Aims to Keep Homes Warm and Usable Tires Out of the Landfill

For Immediate Release Contact:  Yvonne Lory, Capstone Community Action Phone: (802) 479-1053 Email: Contact: Vicki Loomis, BROC Community Action Phone: (802) 665-1721 Email: Contact: Jason Rouse, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Phone: 802-862-2771 ext. 744 Email:     Wheels for Warmth Enters 17th Year with a New Central VT Location; Aims to […]


Member blog: Five tangible ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in your small business

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term to frame a workplace’s culture, policies and procedures by honoring and welcoming differences, providing equal access to opportunities and empowering people to show up as their authentic selves. DEI initiatives are a targeted response to historical conditions that have caused marginalized groups to be overlooked or unfairly […]


Hanover Co-op Earns Top CSR Honors

At the Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Auto Service Centers, corporate social responsibility takes many forms. Based on its long history of community impact, this 86-year-old cooperative recently received the 2022 Cornerstone Award from New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR). NHBSR’s Cornerstone Award recognizes people and organizations that “exemplify the concepts of corporate social […]


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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