Going the Distance – Rachel Kauppila

Going the Distance – Rachel Kauppila

You may have heard that VWW ran the Vermont City Marathon – and you heard right! On Sunday, May 28, our 5-person relay team completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes. Everyone ran faster than anticipated and, more importantly, we all had fun! Read More
The Power of Words – Summer Colley

The Power of Words – Summer Colley

The evening commenced with Liz Mariani sharing this simple yet robust poem to the incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). Mariani, a poet and spoken word artist, is passionate about her belief in and practice of the idea that words are medicine and poetry can be... Read More
Vermont Runs for Women – Missy Mackin

Vermont Runs for Women – Missy Mackin

Twelve years ago, I hung up my Reeboks. The pain of plantar fasciitis (“runner’s heel”) had become so severe that I finally had to give up the sport I loved since I was 14.  The years passed, and I got used to not running—but I still missed it every day. Read More
Changing Her Story – Equal Pay Day 2018

Changing Her Story – Equal Pay Day 2018

Change The Story VT will celebrate Equal Pay Day by inviting Vermont legislators for coffee and inviting all Vermonters to take action. Early afternoon on April 10, Change The Story will join Vermont Business and Professional Women at the Vermont Statehouse to treat policy-makers to a cup of Joe and to offer up amazing Peanut Butter Bars made by Vermont Works for Women. Read More
Sprouting Skills – Missy Mackin

Sprouting Skills – Missy Mackin

Tammie enrolled in Step In to Work in November of 2017 after three years of juggling childcare, transportation issues, and housing insecurity. Working a temporary job in an auto repair shop inspired Tammie to put in the time and effort needed to pursue an automotive career that would allow her to support her family. Read More
The X-Ray Challenge – Shannon Esrich

The X-Ray Challenge – Shannon Esrich

Do you remember the last compliment you received? What about the last one you gave? Sincere compliments about appearance – “Nice shirt!” “Love your earrings!” – can be quick mood boosters, but what would happen if you tried focusing only on inner qualities when admiring someone? Read More
The Coffee Can Fund

The Coffee Can Fund

The Coffee Can Fund is a lifeline for our participants. Generously funded by one donor every year, the money serves to help participants who are in a pinch. The purpose of the fund is to cover seemingly small but critical costs for the women we serve. Things like application fees, appropriate work attire, gas cards for travelling to and from work, and even minor car repairs. I have worked for a variety of non-profits over the past 10 years and I have never seen anything like this resource. Read More