When I saw my aged parents’ phone number on the caller ID early this morning my first reaction was “uh oh, what happened now”.  Visions of my mother falling or my father taking ill filled me with dread as I picked up the phone to receive the news.  “A bear has broken a window and gotten into the house and made a terrible mess” my mother reported frantically from the upstairs phone.

National Small Business Week is May 4 -11 Small business owners power our economy….and our communities.  When I think about what I purchase from small business owners each week throughout the year, I’m amazed at the depth and breadth of their products and expertise.  In my opinion, every day is a day to celebrate our small business owners! 

April 15th has come and gone, and unless you have filed for an extension, a copy of your completed tax return should be tucked away in your file cabinet for the next seven years. Here at Capstone’s six Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, we filed tax returns for nearly 1100 Vermont families from February through April. This free service for families making less than $53,000 per year helped put more than $2,000,000 in refunds and credits directly into the pockets of many low income central Vermonters.

Capstone Community Action’s Child Care Food Program aided Home-Based Child Care Providers to Save Energy 

April is National Financial Literacy MonthWhat if someone handed you a million dollars and told you that you could do whatever you wanted with it-- no strings attached.  Would you purchase a house? Put it in a retirement account? Buy that fancy sports car you’ve always dreamed of? Give half of it away to your favorite nonprofit and invest the rest?  So many possibilities!


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