Social and Community Services


The submission deadline for Town Meeting 2024 has passed.

FY’25 Social Service Organization Funding Requests for Town Meeting vote, March 5, 2024 

 Central Vermont Adult Basic Education $1,000
 Central Vermont Council on Aging $1,400
 Central Vermont Economic Development  Corps $500
 Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice $4,150
 Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center  $800 
 Circle (formerly Battered Women's Shelter) $700 
 Community Connections  $1,000   No website currently available
 Community Harvest of Central Vermont $350*

 Elevate Youth Services
 (formerly Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club

 Family Center of Washington County  $500 
 Friends of the Winooski River $400 
 Good Beginnings of Central Vermont $300 
 Good Samaritan Haven $1,500
 Green Mountain Transit  $859
 Green Up Vermont $100 
 Montpelier Senior Activity Center  $5,300


 Mosaic Vermont (formerly Sexual Assault Crisis Team) $200
 Old West Church Association $500**
 OUR House of Central Vermont $250 
 People's Health and Wellness Clinic $1,500
 Rural Community Transportation  $975
 Twin Valley Senior Center  $3,500
 Vermont Assoc. for the Blind & Visually Impaired $650
 Vermont Center for Independent Living $800
 Washington Central Friends of Education
 (dba Youth First Mentoring) 
 Washington County Mental Health Services $1,400
 Woodbury/Calais Food Shelf  $443



*  Community Harvest of Central Vermont – Increase of $100 from last year

Reason for a Requested Increase: We are requesting an increase from $250 to $350 this year. Since our initial funding request in 2021, we have significantly expanded our operations as we continue to work to meet the food access needs of the Central Vermont community. To continue to build our capacity to glean and distribute as much local food as possible, we have expanded our staff and significantly increased our infrastructure in the past year. We have recently more than tripled our storage space in a new facility with two new coolers at Rogers Farmstead. We are asking for an increase in funding to help support our increased capacity as community need continues to increase. We estimate that we currently provide 98 Calais residents with fresh, local food via our recipient partner sites. In 2022 we distributed 128,758 pounds of food, including 47,838 pounds to the nine recipient sites that report serving Calais residents.


**  Old West Church Association – Decrease of $1,323 from last year

Reason for Decrease:  This is a decrease from our special request last year, which was made in honor of the 200th Anniversary.


***  Washington Central Friends of Education (dba Youth First Mentoring) – First time request

  • How many Calais citizens were served by your organization last year and in what ways? How did you determine this number?

    We currently have 1 mentee and 2 mentors from Calais. The program is available to any Calais youth age 8-18.With specific town support we can engage in more outreach through the schools. 

    Last fiscal year Youth First served 34 individuals (16 mentees,16 mentors). These are high-quality 1:1 relationships that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

  • On what basis is your request for funds made? Is it based on population, number of people served, or some other clear formula?

    It is based on the number of mentor pairs from Calais (1) with the hope that we can build that number with outreach to the schools.

  • From what principal sources,other than towns, does your organization receive its funding?

    Our funding is very diversified. We receive 42% of our funding from grants, 20% from individuals and annual appeal, 19% from foundations,10% from businesses, 7% from towns and 2% from civic groups and churches.

  • Please describe concrete ways that your program benefits from Calais support.

    Youth First Mentoring supports quality mentoring relationships to ensure all youth have access to nurturing mentors who help them develop into confident, responsible, and positive members of our Central Vermont community. YFM, formerly known as Girls/Boyz First, has provided this service since 1998 to help ensure that all youth in our community can reach their potential and to give positive adults more opportunity to volunteer in meaningful ways.

    For more than two decades our program has been working to increase healthy outcomes for children, addressing issues of poverty, educational achievement gaps, substance use, teen depression and suicide. Youth who have mentors are more likely to graduate high school, get along better with their siblings and parents, and avoid risky behaviors like alcohol and drug use. During the COVID pandemic, we've seen increased isolation and stress in children, especially those from low-income, single parent and other disadvantaged households. Mentors help mitigate these negative impacts on youth. Mentoring also provides enrichment to youth whose families are unable to afford afterschool, summer activities, and cultural events.

  • Are Calais Residents actively involved in your organization (e.g. as volunteers, board members or employees)?

    Rolf Mueller and Ruth Coppersmith have been long-time and very active members of our organization as mentors.

  • Please add anything that you believe might be of interest to Calais citizens reviewing your request.

    To combat the issues of poverty and educational achievement gaps, drug abuse, teen depression and suicide, Youth First pairs meet once a week, for a minimum of 2 hours in the community. Youth First Mentoring has an initial one-year commitment, but our current average match length is 3+ years. We emphasize the idea of a mentor staying with one's mentee through the end of high school. YF also offers group activities 6 to 8 times a year.

    Group activities are varied and encompass cultural enrichment as well as recreational, vocational and life skills development. Mentors help identify enrichment activities for their mentees, for which YFM finds funding, such as summer camps, SAT preparation, and sports and music fees.

    Many of our families are at, or close to the poverty level, and unable to pay for “normal“ expenses those in the middle class can cover for their children as they go through school. To address this opportunity gap,Youth First Mentoring often partners with local community businesses and organizations so that mentor pairs can enjoy free or low-cost activities such as skiing at local ski areas, or attending events at the Barre Opera House.



See forms below for requesting funding at Town Meeting 2025.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2024.
CONTACT:  Barbara Butler, Assistant Town Clerk

Last updated Wednesday, December 20, 2023