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Exploring the Trades through Virtual Job Shadows

Exploring the Trades through Virtual Job Shadows

By Alison Spasyk, AmeriCorps VISTA member Throughout the winter and early spring, Vermont Works for Women organized a series of virtual job shadow events to highlight careers in the trades and other non-traditional fields for women. Each event featured a local company or employer, and a live tour or pre-recorded… Read More
Community Re-entry Services for Justice-Involved Women 2020 Report

Community Re-entry Services for Justice-Involved Women 2020 Report

$196,000 of CARES Act funds employment and support services; sustained state funding needed for ongoing successful reintegration Being unemployed is one of the top predictors of recidivism. And yet women leave incarceration without a state-issued ID, a reference from their job in the facility and the necessary executive… Read More
Empower Women and Girls Today

Empower Women and Girls Today

To our community: Our VWW team includes 14 women, 12 children, 26 pets, and 5 counties. Our hours are unpredictable, our meetings are mostly on screens from kitchen tables and makeshift office spaces, and our laundry is at our feet – yet our organization is needed more than ever. Read More
Economic inequities compound when race and gender intersect

Economic inequities compound when race and gender intersect

Policies need to center women of color Vermont Works for Women has launched a social media empowerment campaign to shed light on the economic disparities Black women experience, elevate policies and practices that focus on improving economic outcomes for Black women, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and amplify the voices… Read More
Using Life Experiences to be a Guiding Hand for Others

Using Life Experiences to be a Guiding Hand for Others

By Susan Lyons, VWW Regional Re-Entry Support Specialist I spent my eighteenth birthday in the penthouse suite of a five-star hotel in Denver, Colorado, eating lobster tails and drinking Cristal champagne. I was on top of the world! Excited to be starting my freshman year in college – as far away… Read More
Vermont Works for Women hosts weekly virtual workforce discussion panels

Vermont Works for Women hosts weekly virtual workforce discussion panels

10/16/2020 update: The panels are now held bi-weekly on Mondays from 1-2 pm, with the next on Monday, October 19, and the following on Monday, November 2. Please contact Program Manager Missy Mackin mmackin@vtworksforwomen.org to participate. 7/2/2020 update: Throughout June, VWW virtual discussion panels have tracked the changing landscape of… Read More
VWW’s Re-entry Support for Justice-Involved Women

VWW’s Re-entry Support for Justice-Involved Women

By Heather Newcomb, VWW Program Manager It’s not a surprise that COVID-19 has caused the majority of us to adjust how we accomplish our work. Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is no different, and some of our changes due to COVID-19 have been in how we serve our justice-involved women… Read More
Hybrid Mom: navigating work and remote learning

Hybrid Mom: navigating work and remote learning

By Monica Chapman, VWW board member A month into the initial stay at home order, I scrolled through my social media to see some friends posting about thriving in the remote learning world. They had “never felt more bonded to their children” and they “wish that this could be the… Read More
Trailblazers program participants graduate, find jobs in the trades

Trailblazers program participants graduate, find jobs in the trades

Participants in Trailblazers: Women in Construction Trades program graduated on Aug 4, receiving their certificates from Program Manager Missy Mackin. On the rainy evening of August 4 at the Carpenters Local training facility in South Burlington, five women graduated from VWW’s most recent Trailblazers: Women in Construction Trades program. Read More