Community Partners

There is no easy way to define “partnership.” United Way of Northwest Vermont brings together businesses, government, foundations and nonprofits to do the work that none of us could do alone. We define partnership in many ways, because we work in many ways to tackle our community’s challenges. Through our partnerships, we do our best work.

Partner highlights:


chittenden county opioid alliance (CCOA)

CCOA was formed in 2016 as a systemic response to Chittenden County’s opioid epidemic, working alongside United Way of Northwest Vermont and bringing together other nonprofits, medical providers, business leaders, law enforcement and government to turn the tide on the opioid crisis.


Chittenden County Homeless Alliance (CCHA)

Housing is a basic need for everyone. That’s why United Way of Northwest Vermont is working with partners all across the community to prevent homelessness and improve the complicated systems that are designed to help but can sometimes keep people from getting what they need.

champlain valley office of economic opportunity (CVOEO)

What could you do with an extra $270? For many Vermont workers, that’s not money they have to spare for tax preparation services. With a grant from North Country Federal Credit Union, we’re partnering with CVOEO to provide free mobile tax prep services to workers at their places of employment.


Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, Vermont

A morning hug. A new word or letter learned. A child raising his hand in class for the first time. For Foster Grandparent Volunteer Beth Blanton, volunteering with the kindergarten class at BFA in Fairfax is all about finding joy in helping children learn and develop in small ways.


SymQuest & Volunteer connection

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from SymQuest, United Way of Northwest Vermont is making our region a stronger, more vibrant place for our neighbors through a simple, easy-to-navigate database that connects community volunteers to nonprofit organizations in need of helping hands.


Alburgh Family Club House

For families to thrive, they need access to affordable, high-quality child care in order to work outside the home. But what happens when a community’s child care becomes scarce, unaffordable, or worse—closes down altogether? United Way of Northwest Vermont is working to solve this by partnering with the Alburgh, Vermont community to build a new child care and family resource center.


Game Theory Co.

Life in scarcity can be tough to imagine for people who aren’t experiencing it firsthand. This represents a challenge for our employer partners of Working Bridges. Thanks to a unique partnership with Game Theory Co. and United Way’s Working Bridges team, we devised a clever solution to help educate Working Bridges employer partners using real stories from the real experiences of our community members.


The University of Vermont Medical Center

Bone Builders is an evidence-based, volunteer led exercise program offered free of cost throughout our region that actually prevents and reverses osteoporosis. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from The University of Vermont Medical Center, United Way of Northwest Vermont is expanding the program to add 10 more free classes to reach even more older adults in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.