Understanding the Needs: Vermont CARES & Our Community
Vermont faces multifaceted public health challenges, from the ongoing needs of people affected by HIV to the overdose crisis. Many in our community need access to harm reduction, compassionate care, and education to support living healthier, safer lives.
Vermont CARES is committed to addressing these challenges head-on.
Needs of the People We Serve:
- HIV Care & Prevention: Access to case management, med adherence, housing resources, regular testing, access to treatment, and education to prevent new infections.
- Harm Reduction: Increased access to services and resources for people who use drugs, including Overdose Prevention Centers. Holistic services built on the belief that people who use drugs are part of the solution.
- LGBTQA+ Support: Safe spaces, mental health resources, acceptance campaigns, and protection against discrimination.
- Education & Advocacy: Awareness campaigns and resources to inform and empower our community about their rights and health.
Vermont CARES’ Needs:
- Funding: Consistent financial support to maintain and expand our programs.
- Volunteers: Passionate individuals to help us in various capacities, from outreach to administration.
- Resources & Tools: Updated tools and resources to enhance our outreach, education, and support services.
- Community Engagement: Active participation and collaboration from the community to understand and address evolving challenges.
- Workforce development: Recruitment and retention of team members that emphasizes cultural competency to ensure our team effectively understands and addresses the diverse needs of our community.
By supporting Vermont CARES, you’re not just backing an organization; you’re investing in a healthier, more resilient Vermont. Together, we can continue to make a profound difference.