Julie Payne

Payne to lead justice network

MONTPELIER — The Community Justice Network of Vermont has promoted Julie Elena Payne to be its new executive director. Payne has served the justice network as project manager since February 2015. “The CJNVT is very pleased that Julie has accepted the position of executive director. As E.D., Julie will promote the expansion and adoption of restorative practices throughout Vermont as well as create and manage projects and grants. We are fortunate to have someone with Julie’s administrative experience and restorative justice knowledge as we continue to make the CJNVT the voice of restorative justice practice in Vermont,” said Carol Plante, chairperson of the board of directors.

‘Giant Bear’ is on O Magazine

SHELBURNE — The Vermont Teddy Bear Company proudly announces its 4-foot Giant Bear is featured with Oprah Winfrey on the cover of the December issue of O Magazine. “We can’t think of a better way to wrap up our 35th year and start our 36th,” said Bill Shouldice, CEO of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Hand-stuffed in Vermont, using 100-percent recycled material, the Giant Bear is a big hit each holiday season. The company offers more than 200 bears for every person and occasion. Visit www.vermontteddybear.com for more information.

Food bank, Uber launch partnership

BARRE — Vermont Foodbank and Uber Vermont today announced the launch of a giving season partnership to help the Vermont Foodbank raise money and provide meals for children and families throughout the Green Mountain State. Starting today, Uber riders in Vermont can enter the promo code FEEDVT16 when they ride and Uber will donate $1 for every trip to the Vermont Foodbank. Riders can enter the promo code every time they ride between today and Friday. Each year, the Vermont Foodbank distributes over 12 million pounds of food to thousands of children and families. During this season of holiday giving, Uber and the Vermont Foodbank are working together to build awareness and bring our communities together to give back.

Heartworks open house is Saturday

The Heartworks Preschools will host an open house called Experience Heartworks Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at its location at 618 South Main Street in Stowe. Heartworks is also announcing the January opening of Loveworks Child Care Center at 24 Mountain View Street in Montpelier, which will offer full-time, year-round child care for children 6 weeks old through pre-kindergarten. Heartworks currently has preschool locations in Burlington, Shelburne, Williston and Stowe. For those who can’t attend the Dec. 3 event, Loveworks will host a series of open houses at 24 Mountain View Street in Montpelier in February.

HUBZone workshops scheduled

MONTPELIER — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that the federal government has expanded its Historically Underutilized Business Zones program in Vermont. Addison, Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windsor and Windham counties are now designated as HUBZone counties, giving small businesses more access to federal contracts through the program. In these areas, the SBA and the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold a series of free workshops. These will allow procurement counselors to communicate the necessary information required to qualify for the HUBZone Program, as well as information for the certification process. The workshop schedule is as follows: 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec.

Vt. college farms honored

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College and Green Mountain College were recently honored by the OnlineCollegePlan.com rankings for the best college farms in the U.S.
The 11th spot went to Sterling College Farm, part of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and the Green Mountain College Organic Farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th. Middlebury College and the University of Vermont also made the list, which had a total of 60 college farms from across the country. The rankings were compiled in honor of National Farm to School Month in October, a month dedicated to spreading awareness and celebrating the efforts of the farms at participating schools.

Hunger relief effort launched

Hannaford Supermarkets this week launched Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, an annual charitable campaign focused on helping to feed individuals who do not have access to enough nutritious food. Last year, the campaign generated enough food and cash donations to purchase 679,000 meals for individuals at risk of going hungry in the Northeast. There are several ways to get involved. For example, customers can purchase a box of food staples for $10 to donate to a local food pantry, or, throughout December, they can donate money in $5 increments to a local food pantry. In each case, donors receive $21 in coupons.

Crowdfunding campaign begins

CHARLOTTE — Milk Money L3C, an equity crowdfunding portal for Vermonters, recently announced its fourth Invest Local campaign, from Green Mountain Organic Creamery, or GMOC, the home of Kimball Brook Farm organic milk. Vermonters will have the opportunity to learn more about, and invest in, the GMOC campaign via the Milk Money platform. Milk Money offers the opportunity for true “impact investing,” since a dollar invested in a local business generates potential financial return as well as tangible social return on investment. For more details or to participate, visit www.milkmoneyvt.com.

Vt. Family Network gets $15K grant

Vermont Family Network recently received a $15,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program. The grant will help further Vermont Family Network’s mission to empower and support all Vermont families of children with special needs by expanding the organization’s capacity to provide family-to-family support in the refugee and immigrant communities in Chittenden County. The Innovations and Collaborations grant program supports efforts by nonprofit organizations to help develop solutions to community needs.  

Nov. 17 event teaches capital campaigning

Common Good Vermont will hold its working board lunch “Capital Campaigning With T Tall” for nonprofit leadership and board members on Nov. 17 in Middlebury. Experienced development officer “T” Tall will break down the basics of capital campaigning while presenting case studies and answering questions about campaigns, endowments, bequests and other instruments of giving. Tall has extensive experience in academic fund development and national fundraising and currently runs nonprofit campaigns in Vermont and New Hampshire. This event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov.