Weatherization Day Oct. 30, 2014


Each year, October 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day -- a day meant to bring attention to the fact that low income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. SEVCA will join with Weatherization Assistance Providers across the state who are organizing events to publicize the huge impact of our Low Income Weatherization Assistance Programs.

Weatherization programs not only save energy through advanced technologies to improve the energy affordability for low-income families, but also save lives and improve the health and safety of families by identifying carbon monoxide hazards, poor indoor air quality, mold, and other health threats. With support from both the state of Vermont and the US Department of Energy, more than 22,000 low-income family homes have been weatherized in Vermont since 1996.

• For every $1 invested, weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society
• $437 or more in annual utility bill savings year after year at current energy prices
• Energy savings average 35% of consumption for the typical low-income home pre-weatherization consumption
• Weatherization decreases national energy consumption by the equivalent of 24.1 million barrels of oil annually


SEVCA will offer onsite tours of two recently weatherized homes. One will be in the southern part of our service area (Brattleboro) and the other will be in the northern service area, in Perkinsville, a hamlet in the Town of Weathersfield. There will be an Energy Auditor on hand to showcase our work. For more information, contact:

Harald Schmidtke, Director of Weatherization Programs
(802) 722-4575x130/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Becky Himlin, Director of Planning and Development
(802) 722-4575x163 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Ready for Work" class to start soon! Oct. 7 first day of classes

New Program Helps Job Seekers Get "Ready for Work," Advance in Their Careers

A new program offered by the Community College of Vermont (CCV), Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), and the Windham Workforce Investment Board (WWIB) will help unemployed individuals and those with little work experience gain marketable skills, obtain jobs and advance in their careers.

The free, 8-week course, known as "Ready for Work," begins Oct. 7 and will be held at CCV's new Brattleboro academic center. Enrollment for the program is now open. The course will focus on the core skills most requested by Vermont businesses, and upon completing it, participants will be eligible to receive the Governor's Career Ready Certificate and the National Career Readiness Certificate – both of which are recognized by many Vermont employers as indicators of proficiency and workforce readiness.

Throughout the course and afterward, participants will receive intensive, one-on-one support from SEVCA to help them solidify skills such as resume writing and interviewing, overcome employment barriers, search for and apply to jobs, and transition successfully into the workforce.

"Ready for Work" was developed by the WWIB, in partnership with SEVCA and CCV, with a Regional Workforce Partnership Grant from the Vermont Department of Labor, to address the mutual workforce needs of both employers and disadvantaged workers in the state of Vermont. The CCV Career Readiness portion of the program is made possible with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Interested applicants should fill out an application by going to For more information, click here or contact Shanti McKenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 802-786-3825. Denise Mason, Director of Economic Development at SEVCA, is also available to answer questions at 802-722-4575 ext. 150.

Golf Tournament

A big thanks to all our supporters who turned out for SEVCA's:

June 20, 2014 @ Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro, Vermont

Call us at 802-722-4575 for more information about how you can get involved in next year's tournament. Watch this space for updates in spring 2015.


"If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well."

Maya Angelou