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
IN SUPPORT OF THE PAY EQUITY BILL – 1/12/18

IN SUPPORT OF THE PAY EQUITY BILL – 1/12/18

My name is Rachel Kauppila and I am the Job Developer at Vermont Works for Women and I am here to express our enthusiastic support for this bill. Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. The wage gap in Vermont, which amounts to women earning $0.84 for every $1 earned by a man, makes it very difficult for women to achieve economic independence. Read More
Nicole’s Resolution

Nicole’s Resolution

Nicole is an energetic, highly driven mother of three who came to Vermont Works for Women in July of 2016. Prior to starting the Step In to Work program at Vermont Works for Women, Nicole described herself as feeling, “unsure…my choice of career did not go with my job history or experience.” Nicole’s work experience had mainly consisted of fast food and cleaning, but she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in psychology. Nicole entered Step In to Work with the hope that the program would equip her with the confidence and skills to explore her larger career goals. Read More
New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

After more than a year of planning, Vermont Works for Women in partnership with Salvation Farms are excited to announce a new skills based, hands-on training program called Step In to Work / Vermont Commodities Program (SITW/VCP). Read More
Brave, Brilliant, Bold

Brave, Brilliant, Bold

There are some challenges all women face – the fact that women earn somewhere between 78 to 82 cents for every dollar men earn, or the fact that women of all colors and ethnicities may experience sexual harassment at work. And there are many things women uniquely experience based on… Read More