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December 30, 2010

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Breaking Into Business Workshop In Windsor

January 3, 2011

January 12th is the Deadline for this Opportunity for Artists!

Breaking Into Business Workshop In Windsor

It’s back! The Council’s “Breaking into Business” program premiered earlier this year to wide acclaim. The two-day workshop offers business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists. It is open to Vermont artists of all disciplines and facilitated by Maren Brown and Dee Boyle Clapp from the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst. Participants in last year’s sessions were very enthusiastic about their experience.

“The fact that this workshop was presented by artists for artists meant that none of us felt out of our element,” said Caitlin Christiana of Springfield. “This is exactly the sort of community-building experience that we artists are in need of.”

Funding for this year’s workshops has been provided by Ernst & Young.

Applications are NOW OPEN for workshops on February 12-13 at the Windsor Welcome Center, Windsor, VT. (Deadline to apply: January 12, 2011) BU to find out more or to apply today.

The Windsor Welcome Center is wheel chair accessible. Questions regarding accessibility should be addressed to Michele Bailey, 504/ADA Coordinator: 802-828-3294 (voice). Relay calls welcome.

Homeless Point In Time Count January 26, 2011

December 30, 2010

Homeless Point In Time Count January 26, 2011

Posted December 30, 2010

The fifth official statewide homeless point in time count (PIT) will be conducted on January 26, 2011 throughout all of Vermont.

The Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) and The Chittenden County Continuum of Care are again joining efforts to conduct the count. The Continuums of Care are comprised of local homeless & human service organizations that apply for federal funds to address homelessness in our communities. These efforts will be supported by the Agency of Human Services and the Vermont State Housing Authority.

The fifth coordinated Point-in-Time Count will collect data to be used by the Balance of State, Chittenden County, and local continuums in their funding applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as to provide a statewide baseline for measuring the success of housing and supportive services used to reduce the number of people who are homeless in Vermont.

Local CoC’s have participated in trainings the past year to support best practices. Refresher trainings will be held on January 5, 2011 and following CoC meetings. The training meetings will focus on recent amendments required by HUD.

For a copy of the Data Collection form or for additional information and instructions on how to administer the survey and where to send it after the count please go to or contact:

Melinda Bussino      Balance of State CoC Co-Chair

Mary Ellen Mendl    Chittenden County CoC Chair 

Daniel Blankenship Vermont State Housing Authority

Judi Chamberlin

April 8, 2010

Build Your Money Muscles

January 30, 2010
 Welcome to Build Your Money Muscles!Central Vermont Community Action Council
Micro Business Development Program
327 US Route 302, Barre, VT
Build Your Money Muscles 

is a program that will gently guide you through the process of developing healthy financial habits, changing your financial consciousness, and creating a more abundant lifestyle.
By the end of these workshops you will
  • Know where your money goes because you tracked it everyday.
  • Learn how to plan a budget you set.
  • Request a copy of your credit report and know how to read it.
  • Know how to establish credit if you do not have any.
  • Begin to repair your credit if that needs to be done.
  • Start a savings account and/or a checking account.
  • Locate and file all your important documents in one convenient place 
 You will also have opportunities to practice  

    • Positive Communication
    • Framing your message so people will listen
    • Conflict management
    • Leadership
    • Community connections
    • Advocacy, or sticking up for yourself.


Jan. 26: Overviewor call 877-322-8228.Feb. 2: Values

of the weeks we will be together. Fill out some paperwork, get to know each other! Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals. How do we talk about money with our family? Family budget. Income. Expenses. Who gets to say where the money goes? Request your credit report from
What is important to you? Discover your Money Personality! We will map out our life-time line and our money line.

How are we doing so far? Tracking spending. How to read a credit report. What is on it…are there errors or omissions?

Keep Your Identity.
Avoid being scammed and protect your identity. What’s private information and what’s public

Feb. 9: Develop a spending plan playing the Bean Game.
How does your family make financial decisions?

Difficult Conversations
about money with family; with creditors. How to have them without losing your cool.

Feb. 16: Checking Accounts.
How they work. Debit cards. ATM cards. On-line Banking. Time lines to know so we don’t overdraw our accounts. Overdraft protection.Savings accounts Credit Unions and Banks.

Personal Records
How to set up files for important documents. What to keep, how long to keep it. How and Where do you get copies of important documents if you do not have them.



National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations News

January 13, 2010

Please visit the following link for an important NCMHCSO newsletter:

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