VWW needs your support!
Spring is generally a time of renewed energy, a natural reset button created by the return of the sun’s warmth. This year feels different – an uncertain energy lingers. Typically, spring is when Vermont Works for Women looks to highlight long-standing programs built on participants’ successes or share new programs created to help more women and girls onto a path to economic independence. Now more than ever, we feel a need to reset and evaluate the needs that our programs can positively impact in Vermont – and we need your support to make that possible.
The reality of COVID-19 is stark: women are more impacted in this crisis than most. Whether that be through loss of jobs due to closed industries, increased incidences of domestic violence, or additional childcare or elder care responsibilities – the impact is severe. As the World Economic Forum reports:
“…the pandemic is widely predicted to exacerbate existing financial inequality between men and women. Globally, women are more likely to hold precarious or vulnerable jobs, which are often the first to be lost during financial shocks. Meanwhile, single parents who need to work and earn money may be prevented from adhering to social distancing measures.”
As we move from our uncertain spring into summer, one thing is clear: Vermont Works for Women has the power and the responsibility to help address the financial inequalities Vermont women and girls are now experiencing. We are working hard during this time to move employment and career exploration programs online where possible, implement new programs to address the emerging needs of our participants and our Vermont employers, and adapt our focus to where we are needed most.
With your help, we will be able to play a vital role in our state’s recovery from this pandemic, so that all Vermont women and girls can thrive. Our work will take many forms – from helping women hone their interview skills and gain the confidence to seek new employment, to training women in hard skills for a new career path, to empowering young women to pursue their passions.
The sun’s warmth reminds us that there is a new season coming, and with it the opportunity to come together to best support those around us. From all of us here at Vermont Works for Women, thank you for your continued support during this time.