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May 2019
Spring has finally sprung and we are gearing up for our community activities, spring energy audits and Homebuyer Education classes.  

This spring we have seen tremendous growth in both the volume of need in our community and the services we are able to provide. Not only do we offer our Energy Loans, but we have added an Interest Rate Buydown program. Last month we saw an increase in community members needing Home Repair project coordination and we look forward to servicing more homeowners this month. As we prepare for our Community Impact Survey in June, we have a call for local volunteers and hope you'll join us!

Let's make May a month of growth and positive actions! 
We need your help!

Community Impact Measurement 2019

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is partnering with local community organizations to administer this survey for the third time in the Northwest Neighborhood. This survey (done in 2013 and 2016) in the roughly 15-block area north of State Street, west of Grove Street, and south of Crescent Street looks to illustrate the impact of community revitalization efforts in that area. In 2016 17% more residents than in 2013 would recommend their neighborhood as a good place to live. These increases in positive responses show that Northwest Rutland is becoming a neighborhood of choice and pride.

Volunteers are needed to collect surveys from over 200 randomly selected households during our NeighborWorks Week celebration on Saturday, June 1st and throughout the following week. If you would like to volunteer as a survey collector during that time, contact us below or email 

Volunteer Survey Collector
At your comprehensive homebuyer education class, you will learn information about the homebuying and mortgage process, budgeting, credit scores, home inspections, insurance, how to work with a real estate agent, and life after closing.

Homebuying Isn't Easy

NeighborWorks America recently did a study that showed that 73% of Americans think the homebuying process is complicated. The truth of the matter is that it IS complicated, but a homebuyer education class is here to help! Buying a home is the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Homeownership builds wealth, provides security, and can increase your sense of wellbeing. 

Join us for our next Homebuyer Education Class:

  • West Rutland, VT - Saturday, May 11th 9:00AM - 5:00PM 8-hour course
  • Middlebury, VT - Saturday, May 25th 9:00AM - 5:00PM 8-hour course
  • SPECIAL NEIGHBORWORKS WEEK CLASS Bennington, VT June 1st 9:00AM - 5:00PM 8-hour course - discount price of $25 per household

Click below to learn more or call our office at 802-438-2303 to register. 

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Let us help you weatherize your home!
Heat Saver Loan Program

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is excited to be a participating lender in Efficiency Vermont’s Heat Saver Loan program. This program features discounted interest rates on energy efficiency projects and purchases, based on household income. Upgrades covered by this program include weatherization, cold climate heat pumps, wood and pellet stoves, solar hot water installations, and advanced modern wood heating systems. 

More Information On Heat Saver Loan
Ann Lawless, HEAT Squad Northeast Kingdom Outreach Coordinator
New Staff Member

Ann Lawless is our HEAT Squad Northeast Kingdom Outreach Coordinator. A Montreal native and McGill graduate, she is a long time resident of the Northeast Kingdom. Ann is a proud alumna of the Vermont Leadership Institute, a program of the Snelling Center for Government. She is glad to be “home” after retiring in August 2018 from her position as Executive Director at the American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont, where she served for fifteen years. Ann is thrilled to be working with HEAT Squad, to help neighbors in the Northeast Kingdom make their homes more comfortable and affordable, and also reduce dependence on fossil fuels. 

Our HBE class will give you the skills needed to be on your way to financial stability! 

How Do You Become Financially Stable?

If you are saving up for a big life purchase like a home, being financially stable is the key to success. Talking finance can be overwhelming but once you look at your financial health and know where and how you spend your money, you can save up for just about anything! 
Read More About How YOU Can Be Financially Stable
Past Happenings From April:
HEAT Squad energy auditor Sally Ayers and NEK outreach coordinator Ann Lawless were at the annual Craftsbury, VT Energy Fair.
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