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SEVCA seeks community members to serve on Board of Directors

Ensure that Everyone and All Communities Thrive

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is actively seeking community members to work with our agency. Residents in Windsor or Windham Counties are asked to consider joining our Board of Directors: Invest your time & talent, and together we will work to ensure that folks in our communities have the resources needed to thrive.

Interested? Your life experiences can support our work:

  • Have you experienced poverty?
  • Are you a member of an under-represented or historically excluded group?
  • Do you have insight about hardships facing folks and/ or have a job serving folks experiencing hardship?
  • Do you any of the following skills, legal, fundraising, governance, financial or multi-year budget planning, human resources, assessment & strategic planning, early childhood education, social work, diversity and inclusion, and / or other assets essential to a strong and resilient business?
  • Are you an elected official who has a heart for effective & accountable social services?
  • Are you committed to alleviating, and, ultimately, to eliminating poverty in our communities?

Board service supports low and moderate wealth community members, AND it can be an excellent way to gain professional development skills while meeting other community members who share your commitment to social justice. You will attend one board meeting per month & one or two committee meetings monthly or bi-monthly. Meetings are conducted primarily via Zoom. Together, our team cultivates an even more effective and accountable SEVCA.

As a member of the SEVCA board, you will participate in our work and together we will continue to implement solutions to the deep-seated problems of poverty, largely by empowering and collaborating with those whose lives are affected by it daily. More information about SEVCA is available at www.SEVCA.org. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact SEVCA at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-464-9951.

Since 1965, SEVCA has worked in Windsor and Windham Counties ‘to empower and partner with individuals and communities to alleviate the hardships of poverty, to provide opportunities to thrive, and to eliminate root causes of poverty.’ For information about all of SEVCA’s programs & services, and to get help to navigate and access available resources, visit https://sevca.org/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (800) 464-9951.

SEVCA Offers a Free Workshop Series on Money Management in August

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a series of 4 Financial Fitness workshops to provide training, support, and resources to help participants gain control and manage their money. Workshop topics include: creating a personal, workable budget; reducing debt; setting personal goals; modify spending; basics of banking; plus credit building.

Workshops are free to Vermont residents. SEVCA will provide a gift card cash incentive to those Vermont residents affected by Covid who attend Workshops 1,2, and 3. Courses will be offered on Zoom, an online platform. Additional counseling is available to attendees.
For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Zoom Workshop dates and time for August 2022:

Workshop 1: Wednesday, August 3: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, August 10: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 3: Wednesday, August 17: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 4: Wednesday, August 24: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 1: Take Control of Your Money – Create a Budget
Date: August 3: 6pm - 7pm
Understanding and tracking the details of your financial situation is the start to making better money decisions and building a more secure future. When life situations change, and it often does (job loss, illness, birth of a child, new job, divorce, etc.) it’s time to review how to manage your money. This workshop will help you take control of your money by taking the first step by...creating a budget. We’ll learn what a budget is, why use it, and create and review a budget step by step.

Workshop 2: Manage Your Expenses - Set Your Goals
Date: August 10: 6pm - 7pm
After creating a budget, the next step is to review the expenses then identify goals. Goal examples are: paying off debts, saving for a car, or building an emergency fund. Creating a plan and taking control of income and expenses helps achieve goals. We’ll look at ways to lower expenses, increase income, what to do with bills you can’t pay and using strategies to achieve goals.

Workshop 3: Credit – Tame the Credit Beast
Date: August 17: 6pm - 7pm
Let’s face it, using credit to make purchases make life more convenient. But when credit (loans and credit cards) are overused, they become a trap and one of the biggest barriers in reaching financial goals. This workshop reviews credit: The do’s and don’ts of credit, how to avoid credit traps and ways to get out of credit card debt. We will learn about “Your FICO Credit Score”, how it affects your lifetime of interest rates, how interest impacts monthly payments, and how to improve a credit score.
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Workshop 4: Banks and Credit Unions – Protect and Grow Your Money
Date: August 24: 6pm - 7pm
Where money is kept, whether it’s in a bank, credit union or under the mattress, does affect finances. This workshop explains the differences between banks and credit unions plus describes the accounts, benefits, and services (and fees) they offer. We will look at checking accounts, debit cards, savings accounts, loans and interest rates, plus strategies to grow and protect money. We’ll look at “Instant Cash” payday loans, how to protect your information and Identity theft.

SEVCA Offers a Free “Ready for Work” Workshop Series

New Program Alert! 

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a free Ready for Work workshop series. These 3 workshops provide training, support, and resources to help participants entering or returning to the workforce. Workshop topics include: creating a resume, customizing a cover letter to fit the job, searching for a job, and tips for a successful job interview.

Workshops are free and are open to all Vermont residents. Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 workshops. SEVCA provides handouts, resources, and support before and after the workshops. SEVCA also provides a gift card incentive to Vermont residents from Windham and Windsor Counties who attend all 3 workshops.

Courses will be offered on Zoom, an online platform. Additional counseling and resume assistance is available to attendees. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ready for Work Workshop Series – July 2022
• Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 7/6/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 2: Cover letter and Job Search 7/13/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 2/20/22 6pm - 7pm

 

Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop ¬¬¬¬¬¬ 7/6/22 ¬¬¬¬¬¬6pm-7pm¬¬¬¬¬
One of the most important steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume. Participants will learn how to create or update their resume by representing their interests, experiences, skills, and abilities using action keywords, and interpersonal skills words in a clear, readable and noticeable style. Resume support from the instructor provided before and after the workshop.

Workshop 2: Cover Letters & Job Search 7/13/22 6pm-7pm
Participants will learn how to create and customize a cover letter to introduce themselves
and present their skills and interests based on a job posting. We’ll use several online sources to search for open positions, research potential employers, compare options and learn how to apply for a job online.

Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 7/20/22 6pm-7pm
Participants will learn how to prepare for and be successful in job interviews. We’ll review tips to prepare for the interview, avoiding common job interview mistakes, promote your skills and interests, learn more about the employer, plus how to follow up after the interview.

SEVCA Sets its Sight on Renewal with Hire of New Executive Director

Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Brennan the agency’s new Executive Director.

Brennan’s background in program development, proven financial management, and PhD focused on the social foundations of education will help the agency to improve programs as well as internal operations at SEVCA. “Kevin brings a terrific blend of experienced leadership, an understanding of our communities and a deep commitment to SEVCA’s mission,” said Tom Dougherty, president of SEVCA’s board of directors. “We are looking forward to working with him, our dedicated staff and our many partners to make real and lasting improvements in the lives of individuals and families across Southeastern Vermont.”

Brennan had been serving the agency in the role of COVID Projects Manager and was responsible for the development and oversight of the Vermont Everyone Eats program. Since accepting the position of Executive Director, he has focused on cultivating a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the agency while enhancing his understanding of potential program improvements in order to continue to provide high impact services to Windham and Windsor Counties.

"As a long-time resident of Windham County, one who has benefitted from SEVCA's assistance, I am proud to take on the role of Executive Director of the organization,” says Brennan. “As we look to a post-pandemic future, I look forward to working with my SEVCA colleagues to build a renewed sense of connection within the organization, as well as with the people of the towns we serve. I look forward to building a stronger SEVCA!" As the agency’s federal statute requires the input of those with lived experience informing program development and impact, the appointment of a local resident and prior beneficiary of SEVCA’s services as Executive Director is intended to strengthen its capacity to mobilize and support community action for improvement.

For information about all of SEVCA’s programs and services, and to get help to navigate and access the maze of available resources, visit https://sevca.org/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (800) 464-9951. All of SEVCA’s services, and the vast majority, if not all, of the services SEVCA will refer you to or help you access, are provided free-of-charge to all eligible individuals and households.

SEVCA Seeking Community Input on Forming New Community Health Equity Group in Greater Springfield

SEVCA is forming a new group that will have the opportunity to fund the work of community organizations addressing the health equity challenge of its choosing. We invite the public to join us virtually on June 30th at 5 pm to learn about this opportunity and to provide feedback on forming the group and taking the work forward. 

SEVCA has been contracted by the VT Public Health Institute (VtPHI) to facilitate the new Community Health Equity Partnership (CHEP) for the Springfield Health District through at least May of 2023. The Springfield CHEP is one of 12 partnerships statewide, which will assist the Vermont Department of Health to meet the goals of the CDC Grant to Address Health Disparities – specifically to “mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.”  

As a part of this work, SEVCA will convene, facilitate, and support a Learning Collaborative which will decide upon a health equity challenge the community is facing, and distribute about $150,000 in low barrier grant funding to community organizations addressing that challenge. This effort will be community-led, and the Learning Collaborative will decide upon its own vision, process, and goals for this work.  

We are currently in the process of hearing from community members and local service providers about how they would like to approach this work and form the Learning Collaborative. Want to learn more? Have ideas to share? Join us for our virtual information and feedback session on Thursday, June 30th from 5 – 6:15 pm. More information/registration available here and event flyer available here. Not able to join us but interested in learning more or sharing your ideas? Watch this quick video and share your feedback via this form.

Please contact Kelsea Burch, Health Equity Network Development Specialist, with any questions, feedback or to express your interest in getting involved: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-464-9951 ext. 1107. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead