Good Beginnings asks for Community Support at Town Meeting DayTo the Editor:
Town Meeting Day gives Vermonters the opportunity to have a say in community matters, from school budgets to environmental policy. But it’s also important to remember that you decide how to support Volunteer-based programs in your area. These decisions are about the essential means of building your community, by giving to those organizations tackling the most pressing social issues in Vermont. Our organization, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, depends on individual donors, local companies, and voters in roughly 20 different Central Vermont towns on Town Meeting Day. For nearly 30 years, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont has brought much-needed support to families with new infants, families that may struggle with little parental leave, little extended family, and little funds to afford childcare. Our Postpartum Angels are trained community volunteers who visit families weekly in the first months of a new baby’s life – providing an extra set of hands, conversation, and support where isolation can so often contribute to postnatal mood swings. Research has overwhelmingly shown the importance of stability for children for later social and professional success, and that importance begins in the very first weeks of life. Our program aims to give that stability in the places where children and parents need it most. Last year, allocations from the towns we serve made up 8% of our modest $100,000 annual budget. We are honored to be a part of so many families’ lives each year, and we ask that you hold us – and the families we support – in mind on Town Meeting Day this year.
Volunteer Board Members