Effective April 1, 2016: Franklin–Grand Isle United Way and United Way of Chittenden County have united to achieve greater impact. The newly formed United Way of Northwest Vermont unites our expertise, staff and resources to better address the complex needs across our interconnected communities. Challenges facing our communities are not contained by county lines. The need for quality education and increased financial stability, managing the high cost of transportation and housing, treating and preventing opiate abuse and providing adequate care for our aging population are complex issues all three counties have in common. As one organization, we commit to proudly serve every community within Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

We’re guided by our Boards of Directors. 
Prompted by a leadership transition at Franklin – Grand Isle United Way, our Boards of Directors independently and collaboratively explored opportunities to maximize community impact across our region and increase efficiencies. With input from key stakeholders and volunteer committees, they chose to combine the strengths of our two organizations into one. United Way of Northwest Vermont’s Board of Directors will be representative of our new community and our staff will be lead by Martha Maksym, Executive Director of the former United Way of Chittenden County.

We’re stronger together.
United Way’s mission is to unite community members and organizations and work together to accomplish shared goals. We’re leading by example and acting as a model for unity and collaboration for our partners and funded agencies. Unifying creates efficiencies in overhead and allows us to focus our resources on building more cross-sector partnerships and expanding our strategic impact work throughout the entire northwestern Vermont region.

As one organization, United Way of Northwest Vermont works to improve Education, Income and Health by collaborating with funded agencies, government and community partners to invest in programs and develop cross-sector strategic initiatives. Our annual Community Campaign will raise funds and mobilize volunteers to support our work and serve every community in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

We’re honoring donor intent.
We are honoring donations made to each organization’s respective campaign in 2015, and will continue funding all programs in our current portfolios. Our Fall 2016 Community Campaign will raise funds to support future work in all three counties. All of our 2017 investments in community programs and initiatives will be determined by a unified volunteer Community Impact Committee representing all three counties. 

We’ll have a greater impact.
In the fall of 2016 we’ll launch a greater campaign to raise funds to invest in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. This is an important milestone in our Campaign because many of our supporters who donate through a workplace campaign live and work in separate counties – by unifying we’ll offer the ability to make a donation that serves the communities in which they live AND work. We will also forge new relationships with nonprofits, businesses, towns and institutions and work together to extend the reach of our services and programs across northern Vermont.