Thankfulness

Thankfulness

November is a time to celebrate the harvest and the bounty and to be thankful for blessings received.  It’s a time of reflection about the year past and anticipation of the year yet to come.  And it is a moment where we are enriched by the friends and family that we keep near.  The Thanksgiving namesake, dovetails two ideas of utter simplicity and power... Read More
The stories of the women we serve.

The stories of the women we serve.

Caroline completed Step In’s classroom and work experience components, and was ready to identify a job placement. She thought an administrative position with an organization doing social service work would be a good fit for her skills and interests. During Step In, she completed.... Read More
I’m a little bit of a rule breaker….

I’m a little bit of a rule breaker….

“I’m a little bit of a rule breaker” says the presenter, Ashley, with a laugh. “We’re not!” yells someone and the group, made up entirely of incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), all laugh. Read More
SPOTLIGHT – MELINDA MOULTON

SPOTLIGHT – MELINDA MOULTON

Melinda Moulton, Friend of VWW for 16 years “Vermont Works for Women has been an organization that for many years has received corporate support from Main Street Landing.  As a woman owned (Lisa Steele) and woman managed (Melinda Moulton) company predicated to redeveloping the Burlington waterfront with an environmental… Read More
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORK – JEN OLDHAM

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORK – JEN OLDHAM

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) strives for a world where “women and girls are empowered to make confident, deliberate choices about life and work that reflect an expansive grasp of the world’s possibilities…” It is a powerful vision of which I’m thrilled to be a part. But it is actually further down the VWW mission statement that I find my real inspiration, in language about the “transformative power of work.” Specifically, it says... Read More
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF – RAYSA ORTEGA

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF – RAYSA ORTEGA

Above: Raysa Ortega in uniform. Meet Raysa Ortega. Today Raysa is a successful and respected Corrections Officer, mother of three and grandmother to one, as well as avid participant in athletic event fundraisers. But it has been a long journey to get to this place. She has faced many… Read More
Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

The message of the film “Girl Rising” is powerful and clear: there are 62 million girls across the globe who are not in school and by educating them, you change their lives, their communities, and the world. This idea is echoed and elaborated on by Tanya Lee Stone in her book, Girl Rising, in which she takes a closer look at the factors impeding girls’ access to education globally while sharing many more stories and photographs. Read More
Unconstrained by Conventional Ideas

Unconstrained by Conventional Ideas

This is a testament to the soundness of the original mission—programs for women and girls that would provide real-world skills leading to better-paying jobs, and, through them, independence and a stronger sense of self. Read More
Bouncing Off the Walls

Bouncing Off the Walls

Britney agreed to let us share this piece of her story as it provides a valuable context for understanding the role that our programs can have in fostering independence during periods of transition in young women’s lives. We hope that Britney's story will help deepen your knowledge of our work, and why your support matters. Read More