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Why Your Donation Matters

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To found the VNA in 1906, a small group of philanthropic Burlington women turned to their neighbors to support home health care for individuals and families. They collected donations to help, in the words of Co-Founder Julia Smith Wheeler, “all who turn to us in their time of need.”

More than 100 years later, your VNA is still dependent on contributions of all sizes from individuals and families, organizations and companies, foundations and the United Way, and from every town and city in our two-county area. No gift is too small. No gift is too large.

With your support, we are able to provide care for 6000 people and their families each year, regardless of their ability to pay. With your support, we are able to pioneer new programs to meet the changing needs of our community. And, with your support, we are able to ensure the availability of VNA services for generations to come.

Does your donation matter? We think this VNA Family Room story says it best.

"Twenty-five years ago, the VNA Family Room program began as a way to promote family resiliency and school readiness for young children. One of our first families was a mother and father with three young children. Neither parent had finished high school and both were struggling to find work and to better support their young family. Because their apartment was small, the Family Room was a good place to bring their children to play.

The family started coming regularly, participating in a variety of programs. During their time at the Family Room, all three children graduated from our Preschool and both parents received their GEDs. Mom and Dad gained valuable parenting skills from our staff.

After they left the Family Room, things continued to go well for this family. Both parents became gainfully employed. Their children continued to thrive. Today, the oldest child has graduated from college with an Associates Degree, has been working for several years and has just purchased a small home. Their middle child is currently in a four-year college. And the youngest is a senior in high school, also with college aspirations. These children are the first in the family's history not only to complete high school but also to go on to higher education.

And they are happy. None of the children are facing the added stress of being a parent at a young age, all three have meaningful relationships with peers, and the family remains close. To know the Family Room played a part in helping this family become strong and successful makes us proud beyond words."

Mom and baby hands

This is why your donation matters.

Please consider a generous gift to the VNA Annual Fund today.

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Earlier Stories

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If you'd like more information about the charitable care mission of your VNA, please contact Ann Irwin at (802) 860-4437 or irwinREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vnacares.org or write to us at:
Ann Irwin
Director of Development and Community Relations
Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
1110 Prim Road
Colchester, Vermont 05446

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