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Project VISION

What We Do

Empower the communityEmpower The Community

Project VISION wants to give Rutland residents the tools necessary to help improve their neighborhoods. We want to create community leaders.

leafChange The Future

We want Rutland’s future to be bright. We’re working to improve the way Rutland deals with its issues to improve the quality of life for folks who live here.

Strengthen NeighborhoodsStrengthen Neighborhoods

We want to help residents feel pride in their neighborhoods, engage with their neighbors and build stronger bonds within their neighborhoods.

Help PeopleHelp People

Many people in Rutland are suffering from addiction and/or the effects of poverty. We want to put these folks on a better path to being happy and healthy in Rutland.

Recent Activities

Project VISION Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Alliance Community Fellowship, 1 Scale Ave., Rutland, VT 05701


  • Youthworks is in town for the summer!  50 teens from 4 churches around the U.S. are arriving this week on mission trips, to do construction projects and to volunteer. They’re looking for a few indoor projects, so anyone with volunteer jobs that would keep these kids dry on rainy days, email:
  • Pam Favreau is the new Neighborhood Voice Coordinator for Northwest Rutland, a position created by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and the Housing Trust of Rutland County. She can be reached at
  • Kelly, the Director of the Community Cupboard, came to her first Project VISION meeting. They’ve seen an increase in folks at their new 65 River Street Location, and are looking for more volunteers for regular shift work, food drives, and packaging of produce
  • Virginia P. came hoping to make new connections. She had a son pass away from an overdose 5 years ago and is hoping to start a program to make it so no one else experiences that.
  • Sue Minter, candidate for governor, came to check out Project VISION. She thinks it’s a real model we can replicate. She’s on a “Making Vermont Work” tour and is happy to talk with anyone!
  • Jamie, a new hire at the Rec, will be overseeing Pine Hill Park, Giorgetti, White’s pool, and adult sports. She’s a Castleton graduate. Cindi Wight reminded us of Chief Baker’s comment to “hire on values” because you can train anyone.
  • Chief Kilcullen announced that the Mayor was invited to join the National Network for Safe Communities and will be going to D.C.
  • Rutland Welcomes’ Pat Hunter and Pastor Hannah spoke about the 175 people who turned out at the first meeting, and stressed that Rutland Welcomes is a group of people committed to welcoming newcomers AND supporting current residents. Lawn signs are available. Visit to learn more, sign up for a committee, see what other committees are doing, and see when meeting times are. They’re also looking for help with *affordable* translation services.


Mark your calendars:

  • June 14– Vermont Hunger Council meeting, Castleton University, 3-5 PM. Focus on Summer Food Access. All welcome.
  • June 18– beginning at 3, the Boys & Girls club will be having a Lobster Bake at the Mountain Top Inn. There’ll be hiking, kayaking, and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased at the Merchant’s Row location for $85
  • July 9– from 11-3, the Rally for Recovery will be celebrating all kinds of recovery in Rutland: drugs, alcohol, the work Rutland has been doing.
  • August 2– Sean McMore, from Rutland United Neighborhoods, is restarting the “National Night Out,” which will be taking place at Giorgetti Park. The skate park will be open and free, and there will be tabling about services. You can reach Sean at 802-770-5364 or


Calls for involvement:

  • June 20: Rally for Recovery planning committee meeting, 5:30 PM at Evergreen. Organizations that would like to table, let Clay know: They’re looking for a sound system and a DJ and volunteers still! All are welcome.


Neighborhood, Community, and Housing Committee:

  • Email Patti Lancaster at to be added this committee’s interim email group
  • Gail Johnson is back in town! She’s organizing a fire hydrant painting activity in Historic Southwest Rutland through August. At the end of August, she’ll be hosting the Ice Cream Social again.
  • The Rutland Area Disability Advocacy Council meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the first Baptist Church. They’ll be hosting a BBQ this summer. Contact Pastor John,, for more information
  • Students from Green Mountain College envisioned a new Lynda Lee Building: Rutland RevitalizationProposed buildingsSpace design

Email Carl Diethelm, <>, a student who participated on the project and who would like to stay involved.

  • Alis Headlam has been putting together a PhotoVoice 2 focusing on diversity and completed by young photographers. A book will be published at Shires Press, and will be available at Phoenix Books in time for Christmas. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
  • The Rec will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration at the new Baxter Street Park- stay tuned for a date!
  • Rob Southworth is interested in holding a Compost Workshop at the Northwest Community Gardens
  • Pastor Hannah is starting walking groups, Thursdays from 8 AM- 12 PM. All are welcome.


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