Friday October 5, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Celebrating Community Impact, an event sponsored by United Way of Windham County, was held Sept. 27, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden to celebrate the connections and partnerships creating a community responsive to peoples’ needs.

"Collaboration and involving multiple partners, including those affected by issues, is central to Community Impact," said Carmen Derby, executive director of United Way of Windham County. "This focus on partnerships and relationship building has changed how we as a community address issues and how we create solutions in the areas of education, health and income. Begun in 2010, the programs and initiatives we’re involved in must show measurable impact in target areas.

Sue Graff, director of community investments at United Way of Windham County, introduced several community members, business leaders and partners who have been directly impacted by or involved with Community Impact initiatives and programs. These included representatives from Morningside House, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and a United Way Community Impact Team, among others.

Glenn Herrin, vice president of the United Way of Windham County board and chair of the Community Investment Committee thanked the dedicated service of the many volunteers who "are vital to this work and without whom, we would not be celebrating tonight.


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" He specifically thanked the volunteers that make up the community impact teams and stay up-to-date on community issues, track data on how the county is doing on those issues, and recommend programs achieving results for grant funding.

Everyone received a "Celebrating Community Impact" report and other resources providing details on where Windham County stands on issues of education, income and health. These resources can be found on United Way’s website at www.unitedwaywindham.org or by calling the United Way office at 802-257-4011.