2020-21 Annual Fund
Those we serve are at the heart of everything we do—helping people to grow, develop, recover and lead their best possible lives.
We welcome your unrestricted donations to our General Fund or your contributions to one of our named funds. With your help we can continue to provide much-needed individual and group services and education, and reduce mental health stigma in our community.
Donations to our General Fund will be used to support services and programs in all areas, as determined by current needs.
Charles “Charlie” Goodwin was hardworking, always holding down several jobs. His love of animals inspired him to volunteer at Second Chance Animal Shelter. Charlie’s Fund supports efforts to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing by reducing the stigma often associated with seeking treatment. The fund assists with programming and education designed to fight stigma and support understanding. People with mental health conditions are not alone, and Charlie’s fund helps us get the word out.
Erin Skaar Memorial Fund
Erin cared deeply about both the two- and four-legged residents of Bennington County. Those who knew and loved her would say, “She would care for any critter that crossed her path in need of love and nurturing.” Erin extended her heart to others, and her memorial fund will carry out her wish to help alleviate suffering. Contributions will be used to facilitate a way out for those in violent relationships, improve advocacy for children, enable participation in equine-assisted psychotherapy, and conduct outreach to the greater Bennington community.
Gregory S. Hillman Fund
Gregory S. Hillman was a spirited young man who had attended Reed College. He was a highly accomplished musician and athlete, always there for friends in need. Hillman Fund supports youth suicide prevention initiatives, including providing Youth Mental Health First Aid training and additional youth suicide prevention programs at no cost to the community.
Superhero 5K went virtual for 2020!
Thanks to the support of our super sponsors, heroic planning and organization by UCS staff, and enthusiastic community participation, our virtual Superhero 5K was a success—participants trained for weeks ahead, ran outdoors or on their treadmills, and got a bit healthier and happier in the process!
The Barn Sale raised over $70,000
After a year’s hiatus, our 2021 event was warmly welcomed by bargain hunters from near and far.
Proceeds from the annual Barn Sale are earmarked for UCS’s Northshire programs, including substance abuse recovery, outpatient mental health counseling, youth and family services, psychiatry, and other individual and group services supporting mental health.
Committee Chair: Craigin Salsgiver
Mentoring at UCS: Thank you to The Bank of Bennington
Although our annual Bowlathon was canceled due to the pandemic, longtime Mentoring sponsor The Bank of Bennington stepped up with a contribution equal to its usual sponsorship, helping us keep our vital program in the pink.
Together, we are building a stronger community.
Thank you to our 2020-21 donors!
$10,000 and up
John and Barbara Ann Reilly
VCF Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund
Peter and Claudia Kinder
Gillian and Austin Chinn
Brian and Janice Cunningham in honor of David O’Brien’s dedicated service to UCS
William J. and Linda B. Drunsic
Cheryl L. Ehrgott, Esq.
Peter and Lisa Hillman in memory of Gregory Scott Hillman
Robert and Cora May Howe
Langdon Wheeler and Kathy Metcalfe
Town Fair Tire Foundation
Vermont Community Foundation
Christopher M. Elwell
Mary and David Hazelton in honor of Lori Vadakin
Juliette Combe Larson
Cheryl Parker O’Connor
Craigin H. Salsgiver
GVH Studio, Inc
Richard and Ann Jackson
The Mulcahy Family in memory of Julie Held
Charles and Elaine Letourneau
Pam and Keith Nemlich in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven
Kevin J. Sprague
Jess and Rosalinda Weiner
Town of Winhall
Leslie Addison and Jim Sullivan
John and Karen Ahearn
Bernard and Celia Bandman
Pat and Jack Bennett
Roger and Julia Bolton in memory of Nick Danforth
Bill and Ruth Botzow
Ben Brumaghim in memory of Jeanne Brumaghim
Kenneth and Lila Cestone
Charles and Kathryn Chamberlain
Kathy and Roger Clark
James and Laura Clune
John and Lisa Cueman
Wade and Roberta Devlin-Scherer
Jane and Stephen Duda
Donald Ferrell in honor of my beloved Joanna Mintzer
Barbara Geer in honor of Pam Bolus
John and Bonnie Halpin in honor of Robert Thompson
Darlene J. Hazelton in memory of Ray Andrews
Rich and Martha Heilemann
Andrew Hildick-Smith and Claire Jacobus
Stuart and Colleen Hoskins
Ellen D. Kouwenhoven in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven
Robert Fallon and Joan Leenig
Frederick and Maureen Loy
Ellen Maloney and John Ezell
Lorna and Tom Mattern
McEvoy Charitable Fund
Michael and Susan McKenna
Muller Family Charitable Fund
David and Gail O’Brien in honor of Vic Martini
Ralph and Mary Provenza
Judith Rudiakov in honor of Lisa Rudiakov
Nancy and Jim Russell
Alice and Ross Sandler in honor of Joanna Mintzer’s birthday
Peter and Nancy Scattergood Donavan
Daniel and Eileen Simpson in memory of Julie Haynes Held
Rev. Thomas and Nancy Steffen in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven
Up to $99
Alan Bashevkin and Nancy Pearlman
Lois M. Beardwood
The Benefity Community Impact Fund
Bennington Express Lube
Ron Brunk and Ron Palmieri
C.L. White, Inc.
Patricia B. Campbell
Marlyn Couture in memory of Kimberly Couture Rist
Jordan E. and Derry Dickinson
John and Margaret Donovan
Noreen and Frederick Dunn
John and Mary English
First Baptist Church
Jon and Heidi French
Linda and Thomas Goertz
Marie and Louis Guariniello
Kathy and Henry Hall
Dorothy C. Halvorsen
Elaine Harwood in memory of Cathy Shepherd
Bruce and Lynda Hobson
David and Shirley Hosley in honor of Jeffrey Casey
William and Lori Jerome
Edwin I. Lawrence
Alan and Terry Lindsey
Mary Jane Liporace
Gennaro and Diana Lobosco
Patricia G. Lovell in memory of Karen L. Doyle
Dolores K. Mahlmann in honor of Andrea Malinowski
Linda R Maness
Olivia R. Marko
McClintock Law Office PC
Ross McIntyre and Helen P. Whyte
Claire Merritt in honor of Joanna Mintzer
Philip and MaryBeth Monahan
Martin and Valerie E. Oakland
Kristen E. Olmstead
Leo and Susan Plante
Virginia and Albert T. Ray
Robert and Sarah Treat
Wassick Tire Service