VBSR Webinar: Income Advance Loans and Innovations to Support Your Workforce

Event Details:
When: May 27, 2020 1:00 pm – May 27, 2020 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar via Zoom

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $20.00
VBSR Members – Free

Registration is open

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COVID-19 has changed the ways we work and amplified the importance of programs and systems to support to employees. Join VBSR, Rhino Foods, and the Working Bridges programs of Green Mountain United Way and United Way of Northwest Vermont, as we discuss the challenges and needs of Vermont’s workforce and explore innovative initiatives like Income Advance Loan Programs that employers can implement to help strengthen the financial stability and success of employees.

In this webinar, you’ll hear about ways to support your workforce in challenging times and for longterm sustainability as well as strategies to address challenges faced by the Vermont workforce at businesses large and small, rural and non-rural. We’ll also take a deep dive into Income Advance Loan programs as a tool to address financial instability in your workforce, and explore other innovations in workforce support initiatives.

Meet our presenters: 


Ted Castle

Ted Castle – President & Founder, Rhino Foods

Ted Castle is the President and founder of Rhino Foods, a certified B Corp in Burlington VT. Rhino’s purpose is to “impact the manner business is done”. Rhino has 220 employees and produces ice cream inclusions and other dessert products for national companies. Rhino has been a member of VBSR since its inception and in 2009 was the recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Socially Responsible Business Practices . In 2018, the Rhino Foods Foundation non-profit was established committed to the mission to “spread innovative workplace practices that champion employee financial stability and make good business sense.”

Rhino Foods



Connie Beal

Connie Beal – Working Bridges Initiative Director, United Way of Northwest Vermont

Connie leads training development and innovation. She convenes the Working Bridges employer network to identify and design strategies, partnerships, and pilots to elevate resources and identify gaps in supporting the ever-changing needs of Vermont’s workforce. She is part of the Working Bridges Resource Coordinator team and helps individual employees at workplaces navigate various community resources related to housing, childcare, transportation, health care, and more. A key driver of her work is her commitment to helping individuals find stability, thrive, and reach their goals. Prior to Working Bridges, Connie was the Senior Resource Coordinator at Vermont 2-1-1, a 24-7 health and human service helpline serving Vermonters. She has experience working for nonprofits in the anti-violence and substance use prevention fields; as well as public health experience in the public sector.

United Way NW

Working Bridges


Julia Davis


Julia Davis – Program Manager, Green Mountain United Way

Julia Davis holds a bachelor degree from Kent State University in Political Science and joined Green Mountain United Way in 2019 as the Community Impact Program Manager after starting her career as a case manager in a residential home for girls in foster care. Julia has led the Working Bridges program as Green Mountain United Way has shifted from an in-person, on-site program embedded at the workplace to virtual contact methods in order to continue to serve the essential employees at their 8 Working Bridges partner worksites. Julia believes that there is always room for a positive outlook and a good sense of humor.


GM UW.      Working Bridges



This webinar will be held via Zoom, and registration is required.

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Details on how to join the webinar at the scheduled time via your computer or by phone will be sent to you via email confirmation upon registering for this webinar.


This webinar is free for VBSR members and $20 for non-members. Join as a member here.


Learn about other upcoming COVID-19 webinars and resources here.