The BFS team enjoyed volunteering at the Vermont Foodbank in Barre, Vermont last month. Working from 9:00 until noon, we packed 525 boxes of non-perishable food for the Community Supplemental Food Program. This is a USDA nutrition program which offers free monthly nutrition information and healthy foods to income-eligible senior citizens. This program is looking for more Vermonters who need additional food. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, contact the Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.
Our 525 boxes translates into 17,325 pounds of food or 14,437 meals for Vermonters facing hunger. This means that 525 older Vermont adults will receive good food this month. A box contains canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereals, milk, rice, beans, juice, and a nutritious beef stew.
During tax preparation time, many community action agencies in Vermont offer free tax filing assistance through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Read on to find a free tax assistance location near you.
L to R: Governor Phil Scott with Kids’ Chance scholarship recipients, Andrea Tester and Ashlyn Evans.
What happens when a child loses a parent to a work-related fatality? How do families cope with a dramatic decrease in income because a parent cannot return to work due to an injury? In many cases, paying for higher education seems impossible. Kids’ Chance of Vermont is committed to providing scholarships to help children of injured or deceased workers to pay for their education at a time when their families cannot.
It’s biking weather again and more kids are biking on our streets and around our neighborhoods. Using bicycle lights is an important way to help keep kids safe! On May 12 and 13, lawyers from the Vermont Association for Justice will be giving away bicycle headlights and tail lights to hundreds of Vermont kids.
The Vermont Association for Justice is a non-profit association of Vermont trial lawyers, dedicated to promoting public safety and protecting the legal rights of Vermonters. Members of the Association will be giving away and installing bicycle lights at the following local youth centers in Addison, Chittenden, Washington, and Windham Counties.
Attorney Ron Fox helped in the planning of this event and BFS is proud to support the Vermont Association for Justice.
Photo: Ashlyn Evans (second from left) receives a check for her college tuition from attorney Heidi Groff, vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont; Ron Fox, attorney at Biggam, Fox & Skinner who represented Ashlyn’s mother in her workers’ compensation claim; and attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont.
Do you need help paying your child’s college tuition? Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides need-based college scholarships to children of injured workers. They’re taking applications right now and are actively looking for families who need help to send a child to college.
Three Vermont legislators from Washington County visited Barre’s pilot Drug Treatment Court this February as part of an event organized by Judge Mary Miles Teachout and Teri Corsones of the Vermont Bar Association to familiarize lawmakers with the judicial system in Vermont.
Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles, stopped by the BFS holiday party to pick up our annual holiday donation. Thanks to the Foodbank for their untiring efforts to help those less fortunate in our community.
Attorneys and staff, left to right: Judy Richardson, Kelly Massicotte, Heidi Groff, Chris O’Neill, Danielle Hollstein, Ron Fox, Charilyn Williams, Scott Skinner, Pat Biggam, and John Sayles (Foodbank).
Do you know of a student who faces obstacles to a college education because of a parent’s work injury? Kids’ Chance provides ways for you to help them! One easy way is to fill out a Planning for College Card for the student and return it to Biggam, Fox & Skinner at 453 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT 05602. At the right time, we will contact you to start the scholarship application process so that the student may be considered for a scholarship.
During Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, we’re asking you to help spread the word about Kids’ Chance of Vermont to deserving students and their parents. To do this, you can like our Facebook page, share this article on social media, or forward this newsletter to someone who might benefit. Biggam, Fox & Skinner is actively involved in Kids’ Chance: BFS partner Heidi Groff serves as vice president of the organization, and the partners as well as the firm contribute financially. Some of our clients have been exceptionally generous and made significant contributions. Also, the child of an injured worker we represent has been the recipient of a scholarship from Kids’ Chance.
Faces of Kids’ Chance
Learn about other youth who have been helped by Kids’ Chance chapters around the US here.
Photo: Governor Shumlin signs the Kids’ Chance Awareness Week proclamation with Heidi Groff (vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont), Keith Kasper (KCOV president), and Phyllis Phillips (KCOV board member).
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has proclaimed November 14 – 18 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in order to increase the visibility of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and to inform Vermonters about Kids’ Chance college scholarship opportunities.
A link to the proclamation can be found on the governor’s web site.
With a mission to provide scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed at work in Vermont, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has awarded two annual scholarships since its formation in 2014:
2016: $9,125 to Ashlyn Evans of Groton to attend Michael’s School of Hair Design, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Bedford, NH, starting in September 2016. Ashlyn plans to open her own beauty salon. Her mother was injured while working as an LNA and was not able to go back to her job.
2015: $10,000 to Lyndsey Cox of Rutland, to attend the Sage College in Albany, New York, and obtain a degree in physical therapy. Lyndsey aims to use her degree to work with children. Her father suffered a work-related injury that ultimately resulted in the loss of his leg.