Vermont Caring Foundation
The Board of Directors of The Vermont Caring Foundation supported the Blue Socks for Kids initiative again in 2013. This program was created in 2008 to assure that low-income Vermont children have warm socks for the winter. Working with the Cabot Hosiery Mills in Northfield, the foundation was able to purchase and distribute 8,400 pairs of top quality, Vermont-made merino wool socks to children and teenagers whose families were seeking assistance with the winter heating our housing needs. The socks were distributed through the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters.
“This initiative has been very successful and warmly received by everyone involved,” noted BCBSVT President and CEO Don George. “The purpose of The Vermont Caring Foundation is to improve Vermonters’ health, particularly children,” George explained. “This is a good way to help keep Vermont kids warm and healthy through the winter.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an active supporter of Vermont FEED and its initiatives. BCBSVT’s Vermont Caring Foundation began partnering with Vermont FEED in 2012 to focus on obesity and promoting nutrition education.
Due to the success of these programs, the Board of Directors of the Vermont Caring Foundation will consider using the 2014 grant funds to support and expand the Blue Socks for Kids initiative in 2014 and continue partnering with Vermont FEED, therefore, will not be accepting applications at this time.
Thank you for your interest in the Vermont Caring Foundation.
The Vermont Caring Foundation is a charitable, non-profit foundation formed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, created to advance and improve health-related programs in Vermont, focusing on those that benefit children and teenagers in Vermont.
- The Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission by raising and distributing funds to support local programs whose primary purpose is health education, prevention, research, promotion and/or improvement.
- The Foundation believes it can best sustain its mission by annually designating 4 to 5 percent of its assets for grant spending and administrative expenses.
- In order to support the broadest possible array of programs, the Foundation gives preference to grant applications from community-based Vermont organizations.
- Preference also is given to those programs that have the most significant impact on the greatest number of Vermonters, consistent with the mission.
- The Foundation encourages applicants to use Foundation grants for leveraged fundraising through matching or challenge grants, whenever possible.