It is my pleasure to be asked by Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) to serve as Campaign Chair for the coming year. We hope generous Vermonters and businesses, with people in Vermont, will work together with the United Way to get to our goal of $550,000. This money will be used to promote programs for the people of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington counties in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs.
Specifically, GMUW collaborates with early education groups, parents and caregivers to help children better prepare for school; provides financial literacy workshops to help people of all ages learn how to increase income, build savings and gain assets; works with local health-related organizations to educate Vermonters on how to live healthier lives; helps organize food drives and distribute goods to nonprofits; promotes volunteerism; supports Vermont 211; and serves our communities in times of crisis.
Part of my respect for the United Way comes from my mom. Marion Milne worked hard and volunteered for many worthy organizations with determination throughout her life. She was a long time supporter of the United Way, and preceded me as Chair of the annual drive in 1985 and 1999. She was instrumental in helping GMUW reach their annual goals. She believed in the mission of the United Way.
My wish is to continue my mom’s legacy of volunteerism by asking for your help. Your support of the United Way will make life better for people and our communities.
This year’s campaign theme is, “Put Yourself in Their Shoes”. In this fast-paced world, where we all tend to overlook the needs of others, we need to stop and think about putting ourselves in their shoes. Many of our neighbors are in need of our help.
Please join me in making a tax deductible contribution to Green Mountain United Way. You can send your check to GMUW, 1 Conti Circle, Unit 3, Barre, VT 05641, or donate online at www.gmunitedway.org.
Every dollar makes a difference. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
President, Milne Travel
2015 – 2016 GMUW Campaign Chair