• July 30, 2015
    Contact – Pamela A. Shambo, Development Specialist 802.665.1721 or pshambo@broc.org

    BROC Receives United Way of Rutland County Community Impact Grant

    Rutland – BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont is very pleased to announce that they have received an $11,257 grant through the United Way of Rutland County’s Community Impact pilot program. The grants are dedicated to specific projects addressing mental health and dental health needs in our county. The priorities were chosen by a committee of community representatives with various expertise in the health field. The committee also reviewed the proposals and selected the grantees and will also follow the progress of BROC’s project.

    BROC’s Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) works with privately operated childcare homes. CACFP is funded by the USDA to partially reimburse childcare providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks based on their guidelines. Through CACFP, the childcare home providers receive nutrition education. BROC’s CACFP will use the grant funds to create a new initiative/component called Healthy Eating, Healthy Teeth to supplement its nutrition education program which will reach over 400 pre-school aged children throughout Rutland County.

    This initiative will provide educational supports for parents, caregivers and pre-school aged children about preventing early childhood caries disease and eating healthy for healthy teeth. Healthy meals and snacks for the children in their care are a must and positively impact children’s teeth. This initiative allows BROC’s CACFP nutrition education coordinator to 1) use a variety of materials and play models to introduce to children the relationship between eating healthy and having healthy teeth and 2) show the correlation between good nutrition and good dental health and help parents and caregivers understand that healthy eating needs to start as early in childhood as possible.

    The education and program components will be used throughout Rutland County at child care homes that are signed up with BROC’s CACFP. Currently enrolled childcare homes are located in Rutland City and the towns of Benson, Brandon, Castleton, Clarendon, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Pittsford, Proctor, West Pawlet and West Rutland.


  • THANK YOU Castleton State College Accounting Students!

    Sherrie Pomainville, BROC's Vermont Income Tax Assistance program coordinator (center) held a thank you party for Castleton State College accounting students recently to give them their certificates from the IRS.

    They finished up another FREE tax income preparation year, helping consumers get back $234,265 in credits, refunds, and renter's rebates.

    As always, we look forward to our partnership with Castleton State College next tax season.


BROC - Community Action in Southwestern Vermont's history spans 49 years. The why of our existence has not changed for over four 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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