NO. R-138.  House concurrent resolution designating the months of September, October, and November 2003 as United Way Months in Vermont.

(H.C.R.86)

Offered by:  Representatives Monti of Barre City, Brooks of Montpelier, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Livingston of Manchester, Morrissey of Bennington, Nitka of Ludlow, O’Donnell of Vernon, Pelham of Calais, Perry of Richford, Schiavone of Shelburne, Shand of Weathersfield, Valliere of Barre City, Waite of Pawlet and Westman of Cambridge.

Whereas, the United Way in Vermont is a vital funding source for numerous worthy direct institutional, and ultimately individual, recipients, and

Whereas, in Vermont, the ten separate regional nonprofit fundraising corporations include the United Ways of Addison County, Bennington County, Chittenden County, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Rutland County, Lamoille County, Southern Windsor County, the Upper Valley, Windham County, and the Green Mountain United Way, which serves the counties of Washington, Orange, Essex, Orleans, and Caledonia, and

Whereas, over 200 local and very diverse charitable and federally tax‑exempt organizations, all United Way beneficiaries, provide services to shelter the homeless and create new affordable housing opportunities; treat both physical and mental health maladies and provide hospice care; provide opportunities for young persons through programs such as Head Start and the Girl Scouts; restore damaged domestic relationships and protect and rehabilitate those who have been under emotional or physical stress as the result of such relationships; assist senior citizens with home-based meals and other essential home and community-based services; and preserve Vermont’s agricultural and forestlands for future generations, and

Whereas, over 300,000 individual Vermonters benefit from the services of these organizations, and

Whereas, in 2002, the Vermont-based United Way agencies raised $7,527,691.00 for these diverse and very deserving organizations, and

Whereas, from September 1 through November 30, 2003, the United Way organizations in Vermont will be conducting their annual fundraising campaigns, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly supports the outstanding work of the United Way in Vermont, and encourages all Vermonters to be generous when called upon to contribute, and be it further

Resolved:  That the months of September, October, and November 2003 are designated as United Way Months in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the ten United Way regional corporations in Vermont.