• Introduction to Starting a Microenterprise

    FREE workshop!

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    9:00 a.m. until Noon

    Register by contacting Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1721 or ahoyle@broc.org.

  • BROC Talk on PEGTV

    Each month our Development Specialist, Pamela Shambo tapes our cable access show BROC Talk; sharing information of happenings, programs and services at BROC and inviting other organizations on to share their story.

    Tune in PEGTV Channel 15 on:

    Sunday's at 4:30 p.m.
    Monday's at 8:30 p.m.
    Thursday's at 9:30 a.m.

    You can also click on Learn More Now to watch the latest episode!

  • Self-Employment Tax Workshop

    FREE Workshop!

    Come join Grant Peterson, IRS Senior Stakeholder Relationship Tax Consultant to find out all about self-employment tax and what it means to your micro-business.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    10:00 a.m. until Noon

    Register by contacting Annette Hoyle at 802-665-1744 or ahoyle@broc.org.


    Without the support of community members, Feed the Freezer could not be successful.

    Nearly 5,000 home-cooked meals have been prepared by community volunteers since the project began in 2012. These meals are then frozen and given out at BROC's emergency food shelf. The fact that the meals can be microwaved especially give folks staying in hotels a chance for a nutritious meal at least once a month.

    Pictured are Linda and Dan Dukeshire. Linda is on staff at Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center.


    The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $5,000 to BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont. The donation will allow BROC’s housing case managers to continue the important work with housing issues. This includes, but is not limited to, homelessness prevention, eviction prevention, back rent, and landlord/tenant advocacy.

    Pictured left to right, Michael Seaver, Officer of the Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Vermont; Carol Hilliker, BROC Housing Counselor; Kathy Schirling, Marketing & Community Services Director at People’s United Bank; Pamela Shambo, BROC’s Development Specialist; Elizabeth Eddy, BROC’s Community Services Program Director; Tom Donahue, BROC’s CEO and Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Bank Foundation.


BROC - Community Action in Southwestern Vermont's history spans 51 years. The why of our existence has not changed for five decades. We exist to give people a chance: to allow the disadvantaged members of our communities to develop and use their capacities and abilities so they can share in the promise of this nation.

The how of BROC's existence goes back to 1964, when a notion called "community action" emerged from President Kennedy's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime.

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"I was very happy that BROC was able to help my family get into housing. We were living in our car for several months before someone told us about the services there. I don't know what we would have done come winter."

— Bennington housing client