SEVCA believes that poverty is not an inherent condition of anyone's life. With support, adequate resources, and opportunities, everyone can reach their full potential. Guided by these values, SEVCA has served low-income people in our region for more than 50 years. During that time, the problems facing our communities have been diverse, complex, and constantly changing. However, this has been a particularly turbulent year for SEVCA.
Like many Vermont organizations that work to alleviate the effects of poverty, between 2019 and today SEVCA saw a 38% rise in the number of households reaching out to us for assistance. In just the past year, we saw a 152% increase in requests for electrical utilities assistance. More than ever, we are working with individuals and families who come to us with multiple complex challenges including overcoming the effects of addiction, little access to mental health care, and unstable housing and employment.
Then came July and the floods. So many homes, farms, and businesses (including SEVCA’s Chester Community Preschool) were impacted. As a response to the floods, SEVCA was able to start the VT Emergency Eats program which pays local restaurants, farmers and food producers to prepare and distribute meals to food-insecure residents impacted by the floods, keeping the participating businesses operating and their employees earning income to support themselves and their families. Since July the program has provided thousands of meals to flood affected Vermonters.
Our ability to respond to crisis in the moment while continuing to effectively serve the people who need our ongoing care and support is possible when SEVCA has access to flexible funding from private contributions. We determine how to use these funds based on our assessment of the needs, without the restrictions that come with most state and federal programs.
Your donation of flexible funds today will allow us to continue to be a trusted resource for neighbors who need a helping hand now, and the access to the tools and resources they need to better their lives in the future.
Donations may also be mailed to:
Attn: Annual Appeal
91 Buck Drive
Westminster VT 05158
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