For Immediate Release
Contact: Rubin Bennett, Capstone Community Action Board Chair
Phone: (802) 223 4448
Capstone Community Action’s Executive Director to Resign
In early March, Dan Hoxworth, the Executive Director of Capstone Community Action approached the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors about stepping down. This Monday, Hoxworth, announced that he was stepping down after three years of dedicated service to have the flexibility to be with his family.
In announcing his departure this week, Hoxworth said, “It has been a privilege to lead Capstone Community Action over the past three years and to have the opportunity to create economic resiliency and environmental sustainability for Central Vermonters.
At Capstone, I have been inspired by the resiliency and courage of our participants in creating a better life for themselves, their children and grandchildren. It has truly been an honor to work with the dedicated, professional frontline staff at Capstone Community Action who everyday lift up Central Vermonters. They have inspired me with their dedication.
Capstone and I will continue our efforts to ensure economic justice, create economic opportunity and achieve environmental sustainability for Vermonters and Americans.”
In three short years, Hoxworth moved the mission of Capstone Community Action dynamically forward. His leadership led to the creation, completion and opening of the new nearly 10,000 square foot Lamoille County Integrated Services Center in Morrisville. This is Capstone’s first facility to offer Head Start child development services with other supportive services including housing, crisis fuel assistance, and credit and financial coaching.
Hoxworth also led the recruitment efforts of the Job for Independence (JFI) national pilot study (one of 10 across the United States) and sat on the steering committee. Recently this effort reached its recruitment goal of 3,000 Vermont participants. JFI has already shown that with additional counseling and supports many more Vermonters are able to re-enter the workforce.
Working in partnership with Capstone’s talented Head Start team, Capstone transformed its program to successfully adapt to the increased challenges faced by children and parents.
Hoxworth has been a leader in working to educate the public about the impact of climate change on economically vulnerable Vermonters. He has ensured that the interests of rural, low- income Vermonters are considered in crafting legislation to combat climate change. He is one of 12 authors of the ESSEX plan, a Carbon Pollution Tax proposal.
During this tumultuous time at the federal level, Hoxworth bolstered Capstone’s operating reserves over the last two years through efficiency and new fundraising efforts. With this increased financial resiliency, Capstone is well-prepared to continue its strong programming throughout Lamoille, Orange and Washington counties.
Rubin Bennett, the Chair of the Capstone Board of Directors reflected on Hoxworth’s accomplishments, “During his tenure at Capstone Community Action, Dan has worked hard to educate the public about the impact of climate change on economically vulnerable Vermonters and has been a valuable partner in helping to prioritize legislation in this area. He leaves a legacy behind in our new Lamoille County Integrated Services Center in Morrisville. We appreciate Dan’s efforts on behalf of Capstone, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Bennett went on to say, “It is the Board’s highest priority to ensure that our programs and services are not affected by this change, and we have complete confidence that our interim co-Executive Directors, Sarah McMullen and Colleen Lafont, are up to the task.”
Hoxworth joined Bennett in emphasizing a seamless transition for Capstone, saying: “ Rest assured, I have worked with our Board of Directors over the past few weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the agency and to continue the wonderful momentum Capstone is enjoying. As I prepare to leave Capstone, I know that the Board of Directors and the Leadership Team is committed to continuing the success we have achieved together during my tenure."
Capstone Community Action was founded in 1965 and works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to create economic opportunity for people and communities. Capstone’s programs include emergency food, heat and utility assistance, housing counseling and homelessness intervention, transportation assistance, workforce development, savings and credit coaching, micro-business development, home weatherization, and child and family development programs in Early Head Start/Head Start. We serve over 14,000 people through these programs each year. www.capstonevt.org.