Dear Friends,

 

 He came to Vermont on a bus from Minnesota. He was almost totally blind with diabetes and other health related issues. Oh, did I mention that he was homeless and that his bus ticket was paid for by a police department in Minnesota?  He could have gone anywhere in the United States.  All politics aside, he came to Vermont because Senator Sanders is kind to the elderly. Did I mention that he was elderly?  The first thing this gentleman did was call Senator Sander’s office. The first thing they did was give him CVOEO’s number. That is our legacy of care in bridging gaps, of being with people in crisis.

 

He came to our Micro Business Program when he was a brew master just starting out. He started exploring the ways to start a business. He needed to know how to market and where to get a loan. Bill Cherry started Switchback brewing with help from CVOEO’s Financial Futures Program. He kept coming back over the years to check in. That is our legacy of building futures, of building assets and putting financial control in the hands of the people we serve.

 

These two life illustrations may be the extremes. We see all the extremes and all the individuals and families in between. Some need fuel for the winter. Some need their homes weatherized adding warmth of insulation that will last for the next several decades.  Some need food for today and some are learning to cook to feed their families and our community. Some people seeking asylum are receiving financial assistance and some are giving back to those in need.

 

Last year CVOEO served 23,530 people. Over 3,798 of that number were children under the age of 13. 1,652 of that number were people 65 years of age or older. 12,397 of that number were races other than Caucasian.  2,494 of that number had post-secondary education. We are all in that number.

 

We are most fortunate at CVOEO to do this work and we are rich beyond measure to do this work with you.

 

It is our everyday work to bridge gaps and build futures. It is gratifying to see our Board give so generously of their time and themselves to make certain that we succeed. It is an inspiration to see your faithful gift of volunteer hours (24,236 hours) and the way you contribute that extra mile in giving. And it is energizing to know those who come through our doors and whose homes we enter:  to see people find safety and envision a better world.  

  

I am grateful.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


 

Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 20,000 individuals