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New Ready for Work Workshop Series Available This February

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a free Ready for Work workshop series. These three 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 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 – February 2022

• Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 2/01/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 2: Cover letter and Job Search 2/08/22 6pm - 7pm
• Workshop 3: Tips for a Successful Job Interview 2/15/22 6pm - 7pm

Workshop 1: Resume Writing Workshop 2/01/22 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 2/08/22 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 2/15/22 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.

Free Workshop Series on Money Management in February

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a series of four 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; modifying spending; basics of banking; plus credit.

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 times for February 2022:

Workshop 1: Wednesday, February 2: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, February 9: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 3: Wednesday, February 16: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 4: Wednesday, February 23: 6pm-7pm

Workshop 1: Take Control of Your Money – Create a Budget
Date: February 2: 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 they often do (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: February 9: 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: February 16: 6pm - 7pm

Let’s face it, using credit to make purchases makes 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.

Workshop 4: Banks and Credit Unions – Protect and Grow Your Money
Date: February 23: 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's Head Start Program Passes Federal Review With Flying Colors!

Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s (SEVCA) Windsor County Head Start program recently received exceptional results from its Focus Area 1 (FA1) federal review. This review process, conducted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Head Start (OHS), assesses both program performance and compliance with school readiness requirements. After a comprehensive assessment, the reviewers found SEVCA’s Head Start program to be in full compliance, with no deficiencies. The report highlighted some of the program’s many successes, including: a partnership with a homeless shelter to respond to the community’s homelessness crisis; a pen pal system with local kindergartners to innovatively aid children in their transition to elementary school; a thoughtful approach to improving children’s health outcomes, particularly as they relate to COVID-19; and connecting families with various food resources and programs to support their well-being.

We congratulate our Head Start Director, Lori Canfield, our Head Start Managers, and all of our Head Start teachers and staff on this outstanding achievement - and we thank them for their unwavering commitment to children and families!

SEVCA’s Windsor County Head Start program, available at no-cost to eligible families, continues to enroll children ages 3 - 5 on an ongoing basis. For more information or to complete an application for enrollment, please call 800-464-9951, dial 9 for staff directory, and enter the name of the Family Partner in the area closest to the town you live in: Katie Murphy (Chester), Lindsay DeCell (Springfield), or Jen Tucker (Windsor/White River Junction).

Enough to Thrive- SEVCA's Annual Appeal- Give Today

Envision a world where everyone has enough to thrive and the opportunities they need to achieve that goal. We do, and we need your help to build it.

We welcome you to DONATE today.

November 2021

Dear Friend and Supporter,

For the last 1½ years we’ve been living the nightmare of a massive global health crisis causing undue hardship, suffering, disruption, and death on a previously unimagined scale. But to the extent it’s possible to see a “silver lining” in such a tragic event, it may be the fact that despite all the challenges connected with it, on a national level there was sufficient agreement among policy makers to provide an unprecedented amount of resources to help reduce and alleviate the impact on those most affected by this crisis.

As a result of all the assistance they received, more people were able to recover to a greater degree, move closer to restoring their “normal” lives, and begin, or continue, the journey toward having enough to not just survive, but to actually thrive. For the COVID experience to not have been in vain, this needs to be our new normal and we need your support to ensure that our communities have enough for everyone in them to thrive.

SEVCA’s pandemic response has provided our communities with ongoing access to programs and services that support our neighbors, especially in their time of greatest need. In Windham and Windsor counties during the past year, we provided over 41,200 services to almost 6,100 individuals in 3,300 households.

Our response continues to meet both immediate emergency and long-term recovery needs in a number of ways: With new programs developed specifically to address problems attributable to COVID, enhanced / expanded existing services sorely needed at this time, and broadened eligibility guidelines to ensure that everyone in need can get the support they need.

We’re doing everything we can with all the resources we can muster, but our grants never cover all the costs of providing the needed services. Your continued investments in our mission are needed to match and complete our funding for programs and services that stabilize, improve, and change people’s lives for a better future.

It’s vitally important work but we can’t do it without you.
Will you join us by making a gift today?


Obviously, COVID has presented an unprecedented challenge, requiring us to develop innovative approaches that deepened our impact. Take SEVCA’s role coordinating Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE), a CARES Act, FEMA, and VT Community Foundation–funded initiative to provide meals to food-insecure Vermonters during the pandemic by supporting and working through local restaurants, farmers and food producers, and sustaining local economies: It was built and operates from the grassroots level, maintains maximum participant dignity, and benefits multiple sectors of the economy. More than 250 VT restaurants have participated, 300+ VT farms / food producers have provided 27% of all ingredients, and many thousands of individuals continue to benefit from the program. Since August 2020, VEE has provided more than 1,600,000 meals in partnership with FEMA, the VT Agencies of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) and Human Services (AHS), and over 100 community organizations statewide.

Vermont Everyone Eats is just one of the many critical and innovative programs SEVCA has been providing for 55 years and continues to provide to meet a broad spectrum of needs for Vermont residents, whether they’re triggered by extraordinary events like COVID-19 or by the ordinary hardships caused by temporary crises or long-term chronic poverty.

But our success in achieving that mission depends in great part on the willingness of compassionate and generous folks like you to be our partners on it. A donation to SEVCA helps ensure that our work to maximize the likelihood that everyone has enough to thrive can remain strong, nimble, and sustainable…now and into the future.

Will you contribute to the effort to fully fund SEVCA’s programs so that in
Vermont, Everyone Thrives as well?

 

Gratefully,

Steve s Signature

Steve Geller
Executive Director

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“If SEVCA hadn’t provided heat this winter, I might not be alive to write this.”

SEVCA Client