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
MOTIVATED & EMPOWERED – TAYLOR’S STORY

MOTIVATED & EMPOWERED – TAYLOR’S STORY

Taylor on the job at ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center tending to her newest assignment, the butterfly exhibit. After earning her diploma, Taylor Cassidy enrolled in Vermont Works for Women’s Step In to Work program. Taylor felt that Step In to Work would be a good fit to… Read More
Confident & happy – Crystal’s story

Confident & happy – Crystal’s story

Crystal entered Step In to Work with the hope that the program would equip her with the confidence and perspective she felt she lacked in her career thus far. Through engaging primarily with the Build Your Skills portion of the curriculum, in just four weeks Crystal was able to see how the program could be a catalyst for change in both her professional and personal life. Read More
Working Woman Wednesday – Linda Bassick

Working Woman Wednesday – Linda Bassick

"I love to communicate with these kids and show them that I understand what they're trying to say, even if they may only have a few words. It encourages them to speak more and express themselves, and it develops these great little people." Read More
Food truck dreams: Stacey’s story

Food truck dreams: Stacey’s story

Stacey Clarke, 47, of Burlington, Vt., recently completed the first step towards her dream of owning her own food truck. In May, she graduated from FRESH Food a 13-week culinary training program and social enterprise of Vermont Works for Women. “Before FRESH, I was sitting at home, not talking to anyone; it… Read More
Freedom and Food – Adehi’s story

Freedom and Food – Adehi’s story

Adehi Luhizo, 24, of Burlington, Vt., graduated from the FRESH Food culinary training program in March 2016. Born in Somalia and originally from Kenya, Adehi came to the United States in 2005. She started high school in Buffalo, New York, where she began to learn and speak English. In 2011, Adehi briefly put her education on pause and moved to Vermont where she enrolled in a program at Winooski High School that helped pregnant students through school. Read More