Grit: Courage, Resolve, Strength of Character

Grit: Courage, Resolve, Strength of Character

Every day, Vermont Works for Women staff and the girls and women we work with wear their grit on their sleeve, and it is an inspiration! It’s been an especially “gritty” spring and summer as we celebrated the recent graduation of eight women from our Step In To Work program and five women from our pilot training partnership with Salvations Farms, Read More
In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

The graduation I attended earlier this summer was a modest one. Five is a small class. There was no music and no caps and gowns. Speeches were short and, yet, pitch-perfect as instructors described in the most precise terms what each participant brought with her to the program and what new skills she had mastered... Read More
I’m worth something: Sarah’s Story by Jackelyn Hoy

I’m worth something: Sarah’s Story by Jackelyn Hoy

“I worked in human services for most of my life,” begins Sarah, Step In To Work (SITW) participant at Vermont Works for Women (VWW). “I was a case manager for young people. I worked for Spectrum, I opened a group home of my own, I was a foster parent, I… Read More
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
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