Why we do what we do
Capstone provides comprehensive services to help people achieve economic well-being with dignity and develops partnerships to strengthen Vermont communities. Our commitment is to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty, to work with individuals and families to move out of poverty, and to advocate for economic justice for all Vermonters.
Our vision is a prosperous Vermont community where everyone has enough healthy food to eat, a stable home, and the support they need to achieve their own goals and dreams. We believe that we can be a model for the rest of the country in how to build strong, sustainable communities that do not leave anyone behind. We believe this vision is possible when we all come together with a common vision for change and each act in our own way to end poverty and create prosperity.
Our programs play a critical role in Vermont communities to:
- Meet basic needs such as food, shelter, and transportation to ensure that no Vermonter is left out in the cold, hungry or alone without a helping hand.
- Build Sustainable Communities, by supporting entrepreneurs and investing in small business, ensuring our children are ready for school, helping homeowners save energy, supporting healthy local food systems and building the workforce skills and knowledge we need for our communities to thrive.
- Activate and Empower, by supporting our partners, program participants and community to ensure their voice is heard, that they are educated on the issues that impact them and that they are able to achieve organizational or personal goals making the impact they wish to see in the world.
- Change Lives, each year, more than 18,000 people find the resources they need at CAPSTONE.
- Over 5,700 people access emergency food.
- Over 1,000 households receive home heating fuel.
- 72 families avoid homelessness.
- 500 children access early education and developmental services through Head Start and Early Head Start.
- 419 benefitted from weatherized homes saving money and staying warm.
- 1,700 children are fed nutritious meals while in child care.
- 51 people secure reliable transportation to secure and maintain employment.
- 321 people gain financial literacy skills and save money to purchase an asset.
- 1,070 had their taxes prepared and filed by IRS certified volunteer tax preparers bringing $2.1 million back into the local economy.
- 22 unemployed or underemployed workers gained skills they needed to secure jobs in Vermont's food industry sector.
- 624 received information and assistance from our Health Navigator to access insurance.