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News | Nov 30, 2020 | Back to List

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.

Our team has proudly ensured that our programs remain relevant to the diverse and ever-changing needs of our participants throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Your donation to Vermont Works for Women will ensure we can continue to empower women to find their paths to financial security – women like Katie, who recently transitioned out of incarceration and into employment with the help and guidance of VWW.

“I just celebrated 23 months clean and sober… I have an amazing full time job that I am in love with… I have a bank account and a savings account. Dental and health insurance… I’ve finally taken the IDRP driving course and am weeks away from getting my driver’s license back for the first time in 10 years. I am in such a good place emotionally and mentally… spiritually… and beyond humble and grateful… you have no idea how much drive and fire you lit in my soul.”

Katie, Justice-Involved Woman
VWW Program Manager Heather Newcomb supports women incarcerated at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF)

These successes drive us forward. Even on the days that challenge our strength the most, we all remain committed to ensuring that women and girls recognize their innate strength and meet their economic needs.

Despite so many challenges in 2020, we are thankful we have been able to have:

  • Distributed 70 interactive Rosie’s Girls Summer camp kits to middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth in 6 counties
  • Provided 68 women with employment support and coaching services
  • Served 38 women recently released from Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) with re-entry support services, in collaboration with statewide partners
  • Celebrated that 30% of our Trailblazers graduates are already employed in the trades
  • Provided 5 gender equity trainings and supports to employers and community groups

“My camper was just in total awe of how amazing it is. After looking through all the projects, she said, ‘Wow, they do really believe in me!’” ~ Parent in reaction to Rosie’s Girls Project Kits this summer

We know there is more to be done! The year ahead holds many unknowns, but our commitment to Vermont’s women and girls keeps us moving – finding new ways to deliver programming, build collaboration, and play a key role in our state’s response and recovery.

In the coming year, we hope to continue our impact by:

  • Providing 100 Rosie’s Girls Afterschool kits to individual participants, afterschool programs and community centers – helping girls explore careers in carpentry, metalworking, STEM and more!
  • Increasing our reach and impact to additional Vermont counties through afterschool and women’s employment support programs
  • Continuing our re-entry services to best support women transitioning out of incarceration to find stability and security in their communities
  • Expanding our partnerships to help provide more gender equity supports and trainings to ensure respectful, encouraging and economically secure employment and educational opportunities
  • Examining and adapting our policies, programs and outreach to ensure they are intersectional and work toward dismantling systemic economic racism

The unwavering support of our donors and partners has allowed our team to continue to be a part of the journey of so many. We know the needs in our homes, communities and across our state are diverse, but the opportunity to help is possible. Please donate today.

Thank you for being a vital part of our response and for your continued support of Vermont Works for Women!

Sincerely,

Rhoni Basden, Executive Director


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