Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) was created in 1965 as a part of the nationwide ‘War on Poverty’ and chartered as a Community Action Agency, the official ‘anti-poverty agency’ serving Windham and Windsor Counties.
In the past year, SEVCA served nearly 9,000 people through a range of programs such as crisis fuel assistance, homelessness prevention, weatherization, home repair, business start-up and support, job readiness and skills training, financial fitness, asset building, Head Start early education, food stamp outreach, access to affordable health care, budgeting + managing savings, information and referral, and thrift stores.
Amanda, a single mother of two, explained why she appreciates SEVCA’s programs: "As a single mom, I struggle to provide housing, heat, electricity, food, etc. for my family. Even with a college degree, wages aren’t enough to support a family with only one income. It’s an absolutely soul-crushing, heartbreaking feeling not to be able to provide for your family, or to have to choose between rent or heat or food. These programs help ease the desperation of poverty."