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Howard Center Supported Employment Program gets grant from People’s United

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:37pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Project Hire, Howard Center’s supported employment program for individuals with a developmental disability, recently received a $2,500 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation. Kathy Schirling, Director of Marketing and Community Services at People’s United Bank and Liaison to the People’s United Community Foundation, says, “Supporting our community is a priority at People’s United, and I can’t think of a better way to support Howard Center and the people it serves.

American Red Cross and Co-operative Insurance honor 2018 'Everyday Heroes'

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:34pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross and Co-operative Insurance Companies are once again honoring heroes in Vermont by celebrating “everyday people” and the heroic things they do in our community. The Everyday Heroes Awards are celebrated all over the country at which the American Red Cross honors people who personify our mission of service and help in local communities.

Mt Ascutney achieves Governor’s Award of Excellence for Worksite Wellness

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:31pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine For the seventh consecutive year, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has received an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award from the Governor's Council of Physical Fitness & Sports and the Vermont Department of Health. The Governor's Council is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of approximately 20 volunteers, appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters. This award recognizes MAHHC’s success in creating a workplace that promotes the health and wellness of its employees.

King Street Center gets $15,000 from New York Life

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:21pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine King Street Center Executive Director Vicky Smith, with help from a few King Street Center kids, accepts a $15,000 Community Impact Grant check from Managing Partner Robert Nocera of New York Life’s Vermont’s General Office and King Street Center Board member Scott Hadley, CLU, ChFC, an agent of  New York Life's Vermont General Office and Principal at Hadley Financial Group. The grant supports the Afterschool Excellence program, which provides quality year-round care, meals, academic support, and enrichment for children in Kindergarten – 5th  grade. 

Citizens Bank supports Lund through Colleague Fund Grant program

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:11pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Citizens Bank Foundation provided Lund with a grant of $5,000 through the Colleague Funded Grant program.  Funding for the grant came from donations to the foundation made by Citizens employees during its annual payroll giving campaign as well as $200,000 in personal donations pledged by the bank’s senior leadership team at the end of 2016. 

Lund will use the grant to support initiatives integrated into programming that address fighting hunger; one of Citizen’s Bank priority funding areas. 

Burlington to offer $65,000 workforce education and training fund grant, assist businesses adjacent to CityPlace

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:00pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger, Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) Assistant Director Gillian Nanton, and Director of ReSOURCE YouthBuild Andrew Jope announced two initiatives to support Burlington’s workforce and businesses during the CityPlace Burlington (formerly Burlington Town Center) and other upcoming construction projects.

Vermont small businesses host legislative day Wednesday

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:45pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Small businesses leaders will be on hand at the State House on Wednesday to raise awareness about issues that support the small businesses and are vital to Vermont’s economy. Representatives from Main Street Alliance of Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and members from both organizations will be available to chat during a coffee bar meet and greet in the State House cafeteria in the morning.

Report: Gender wage gap costs Vermont women more than $1 billion each year

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 9:59am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine A state-by-state analysis released by a national advocacy organization for Tuesday's Equal Pay Day reveals that a woman employed full time, year-round in Vermont is typically paid just 86 cents for every dollar paid to a man – a yearly pay difference of $6,718. That means Vermont women lose a combined total of more than $1 billion every year to the gender wage gap. If it were closed, on average, a woman working full time in Vermont would be able to afford 50 more weeks of food for her family, more than nine additional months of mortgage and utilities payments, nearly one additional semester of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, nearly one year of tuition and fees for a two-year community college, more than seven additional months of rent or more than eight additional months of child care each year.

Bick: Safe injection sites could be the next step against opiate abuse

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 7:00am -- Anonymous

by Bob Bick, Howard Center CEO Beginning last summer Vermonters seeking medication assisted treatment for opiate use could access treatment almost immediately. While there may still be a delay in first appointment scheduling, what had been long waiting lists at the treatment centers known as hubs were all but eliminated. Around the same time, Vermont instituted new policies that limit opiate prescribing and encourage doctors and their patients to explore alternative pain management solutions.

Vermont Mutual receives Worksite Wellness award

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:47am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was recently awarded the 2018 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Each year the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports awards Vermont employers who promote a work environment that encourages and enables employees to improve their overall health. This is the eleventh year Vermont Mutual has been recognized by the state for its efforts in worksite wellness.

McClaughry: Reducing future school shootings

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:44am -- Anonymous

by John McClaughry In the wake of a Florida school shooting and a thwarted attack targeted on Fair Haven High School, the legislature and governor have enacted into law a bill touted by its advocates as “gun violence prevention”. Its main features are required background checks for firearms transfers among all but immediate family members, a ban on high capacity magazines, and barring the sale of a firearm to a person under age 21, unless that person has completed hunter safety training.