Vermont Caring for Children Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont created the Vermont Caring for Children Foundation (VCCF), a charitable, nonprofit foundation, to advance and improve health-related programs that benefit children and youth in Vermont.
VCCF supports local nonprofit community organizations through financial contributions, in-kind services, and volunteer support. VCCF encourages recipients to use funds to leverage matching or challenge grants whenever possible.
The foundation grants support to organization requests that address:
- A community health care need.
- One or more of the following priorities: physical activity promotion, access to healthy food and nutrition, early childhood development, prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, mental health, oral health and substance use prevention.
- Social determinants of health and reduces barriers to care.
For 2020, VCCF funds are supporting these Vermont nonprofit organizations:
Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTR)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the lead corporate sponsor of Girls on the Run, a statewide program promoting self-esteem and healthy activity for young women in grades 3 through 8. Volunteer coaches organize and lead the ten-week program, which culminates in 5K walk/run events in Windham, Rutland, and Chittenden Counties. Over its 20 years in Vermont, GOTR has made an impact on the lives of more than 45,000 young women.
Velocity is a unique after-school program that provides opportunities for boys in middle school to try new activities and discuss important topics in a non-competitive and supportive setting. In partnership with the Greater Burlington YMCA, Velocity recruits and trains mentors who lead sessions that reinforce the program values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
The six-week program culminates in a celebration at Camp Abnaki in North Hero, where nearly 200 boys, mentors and parents enjoy a day of canoeing, archery, tennis, cooking, and more. Velocity is making a difference; post-event survey data show that self-esteem increased by 6% for participants, while feelings of empathy for other people increased by 9%.
At the recent Vermont Principles Association Conference more than 20 new schools signed up to get more information about the Velocity program so our plan is to grow in 2020.
The Wellness Environment (WE) program at the University of Vermont is a behavior change program for college students to engage in activities that build healthy brains. WEmentor is a facet of the program in which UVM students establish relationships with and mentor local youth. Participants enjoy activities centered on fitness, mindfulness and nutrition. Recent activities include attending athletic events, practicing cooking, participating in physical activities at UVM and visiting the ECHO/Leahy Center on Burlington’s waterfront.
For more information about the Vermont Caring for Children Foundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.