JULY 2021
Welcome Jason Rouse, CVOEO's new Director of Philanthropy and Communications
Last month Jason Rouse joined the CVOEO team as the new Director of Philanthropy and Communications. Jason brings to the role nearly 7 years of fundraising and relationship management experience as well as backgrounds in social work and the arts.

Jason joins CVOEO from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) where he was responsible for cultivating relationships with corporations, corporate foundations, and a portfolio of individual donors. Before the ICA, Jason spent 3.5 years at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston where he helped to secure over $7.5 million in funding to support various mission-driven programs. Prior to his fundraising career, Jason built a deep understanding and macro perspective on the most pressing social issues in our country as a student at the Boston College School of Social Work.

Jason lives with his husband and rescue dog, Ricky Dean, in Waterbury, VT. His interests include wood-fired ceramics, contemporary Appalachian crafts, hiking, skiing, and whipping up vegetarian meals. He is eager to deepen his engagement with the local philanthropic community and looks forward to working with CVOEO staff and supporters to help our fellow Vermonters achieve economic independence.
The Holiday Inn shelter has closed its doors
The team at the Holiday Inn shelter has served 400 people since opening in April 2020. Over the past month, most of the Holiday Inn shelter's residents have found permanent housing, made arrangements to live with friends or relatives, or relocated to a different hotel. The remaining residents received a $2,500 payment that CVOEO created and advocated for on behalf of people experiencing homelessness across the State to help with essential expenses. Nevertheless, many remain in limbo as access to affordable housing poses a real challenge for our communities.
Housing Advocate Todd Brown named Pandemic All-Star by Seven Days readers
CVOEO is proud to congratulate Todd for this well-deserved recognition. Todd started working at the Holiday Inn shelter in May 2020. Dave Gundersen, director of CVOEO's emergency housing program said the following about Todd:

"He's just got a very grounding way about him. He approaches the folks we serve here, regardless of their background or history, with just such consistent respect and compassion. Even when people have been rude to him or there's been damage to a relationship, I've seen him just come back to give people another shot so many times." 
Shop at farmers markets with Farm to Family coupons
Farm to Family coupons can be used to buy fresh vegetables and fruit at participating farmers markets. Farm to Family $30 coupons are available starting July 1 each year, and are distributed through Community Action Agencies and the local WIC office.

For more information or to apply for a coupon contact Travis Poulin at Chittenden Community Action at 802-863-6248, ext. 736. To find out more about eligibility, visit dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/f2f.
Did you know that you can support CVOEO when you shop?
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