Project Director named for Lamoille County’s Working Communities Challenge grant

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May 28, 2021

Lamoille County, VT

Contact: Greg Stefanski (gstefanski@capstonevt.org), Ellen Hill (ellen@uwlamoille.org), Clarissa French (clarissa@uwlamoille.org)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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United Way of Lamoille County and Capstone Community Action are delighted to announce that Emily Rosenbaum will serve as the project director for Lamoille County’s Working Communities Challenge grant.

 

The Working Communities Challenge (WCC) grant is awarded out of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston through a competitive process. WCC “advances local collaborative efforts that build strong, healthy economies and communities in Vermont’s rural towns, regions, and smaller cities.” Lamoille was one of four communities awarded a three-year WCC grant in Vermont, with a focus on eliminating barriers to employment.

 

“Lamoille’s WCC grant has the potential to effect significant systemic change in the county,” says Greg Stefanski, Lamoille Area Manager at Capstone Community Action, one of the two backbone partners on the grant. “We have outstanding businesses and hardworking community members, and this grant aims to strengthen cross sector collaboration.”

 

Lamoille’s WCC grant focuses on six core barriers to employment: racial equity, substance misuse, transportation, connectivity, workforce development, and childcare.

 

“There are twenty core partners from around the area beginning strategic planning in connection with the WCC grant. These are complicated interconnected problems and we're looking at interconnected solutions.” explains Ellen Hill, co-director of United Way of Lamoille County, the other backbone partner. “We are excited to bring Emily on to advance our collaborative work towards strong solutions to some pretty complex barriers. Her deep commitment to breaking down silos and bringing people together, combined with her strong communication skills, will be critical to our success.”

 

Emily Rosenbaum has been serving in a volunteer capacity as the public information officer for the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center since April 2020. In that role, she has worked collaboratively with the human services sector around the Lamoille Valley, advancing initiatives across organizations and sectors. Prior to that, she served as president of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe.

 

“Now is the moment to focus on our employment sector,” says Rosenbaum. “Our economy has suffered a serious blow, and it has underscored just how many people are denied access to economic opportunity due to systemic barriers. Our community is stronger when everyone is participating in the economy.”

 

Lamoille County’s Working Community Challenge core partners include:

Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille, Lamoille County Planning Commission, North Central Vermont Recovery Center, Jenna’s Promise, Morrisville Afterschool Program, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Agency of Human Services, VocRehab, Creative Workforce Solutions, Lamoille Restorative Center, Northern Vermont University, Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, Lamoille County Chamber of Commerce, VT Dept of Labor, Town of Johnson, Salvation Farms, Lamoille Union High School, Lamoille Family Center, Vermont Council on Rural Development.

 

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