Community_CampusAerialCommunity wellbeing refers comes from our sense of engagement with the area in which we live.

My Story

I have lived in Chittenden County my whole life. I have been engaged in supporting our community since my youth as a 4-H’er.

Early in my career, I worked as a Home Care Nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association. This exposed me to a diverse group of people and circumstance in need of health care and other social supports. I have also been lucky to work as an inpatient case manager and within Community Health Improvement (CHI) here at the UVM Medical Center.

As the current Manager of Community Outreach programming at CHI, I am so fulfilled supporting programming that gives back to our community every day. Community is everything. It’s where we find family and friendships, employment and wellbeing, meaning and joy.

Many of the health care organizations in our community, as well as other organizations, are supported by the United Way. This support enables us to serve our community.

How You Can Get Involved

Enhance your community wellbeing and your community! Here’s how:

  • Give through a one-time donation. Every dollar counts when it comes to improving our community. Consider making a donation through your employer’s United Way campaign.
  • Give through payroll deduction. Give a little throughout the year. Even two dollars per pay period can make a difference in our community.
  • Give your time. The agencies supported by the United Way are hosting a number of wonderful short-term and special event volunteer opportunities this holiday season. You may adopt a family for the holiday season, cook holiday meals for those in need, knit mittens and gloves, or do some gift-wrapping, among many other activities. Find a volunteer opportunity at the United Way of Chittenden County website.

Last year, the United Way of Chittenden County’s 2014 Community Campaign raised $3.85 million to support funded programs, strategic initiatives and volunteer recruitment efforts in Chittenden County. Help us make it a success again this year!

For a list and detail on programs supported by the United Way of Chittenden County please visit their website.  I hope you will consider giving.

Beth Steckel is Community Outreach Manager at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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