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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

July 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

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


  • Chief Killcullen: Commander Dave LaChance got promoted! Make sure to congratulate him when you see him. There are openings in the Police Department (apply online or in person at 108 Wales Street)- 5 positions open currently, possibly 7 by the end of the year.
  • Chris Heintz, President of the Board of Habitat for Humanity, says Rutland County’s Chapter is just about to finish their first rehab in Fair Haven and the family is excited to move in on time for the new school year. They have been doing site visits around the East Coast to see what revitalization efforts happening, and they are looking to apply what they’ve learned and to get involved in the Northwest neighborhood! Ed Fowler, a board member at the Paramount Theater, reminded everyone to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities with Habitat every Wednesday and Saturday
  • James Lambert, from College of Saint Joseph, had good news- the dorms at CSJ are full and the Provider Scholarship means that they’ll be looking for volunteer opportunities in Rutland all school-year long.
  • REDC has an amazing career page that is constantly updated and emailed to alumni of Castleton University, CCV, and CSJ, and any organization currently hiring should send the job descriptions and information to Sara Gilbert, Currently, there are 50 jobs on REDC’s career page with salaries of $40,000 and above.
  • NeighborWorks of Western Vermont recently completed a Community Impact Measurement survey of Northwest Rutland, and the results are in- and they are impressive. The results show the impact of the investment that community members have made in the neighborhood over the last three years. You can check them out here.
  • The Dream Center is conducting a lobster raffle where the lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to a local store for 10 fresh lobsters.  The cost of a ticket is $5.00 each.  The financial help will cover the expenses for kitchen updates as well as to install a new shower to provide a place for homeless people to get a hot shower this winter. If anyone is interested in selling some tickets please contact 279-9127 or Linda at 236-0407.  The drawing date is 08/11/16.

Mark your calendars:

  • 7/16 Saturday, Dismas House (103 Park Ave in Rutland) is holding a yard sale from 8-4PM.
  • 7/19 The Gift-of-Life Summer Mini Marathon, organized by Castleton University, Catamount Radio and GMP, is set for July 19 from noon to 6 p.m. at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland and there are 200 more appointments to fill! You can sign up here.
  • 8/2 National Night Out– Kathy, with Rutland United Neighborhoods, announced the National Night Out taking place August 2nd from 4-7 PM at Giorgetti Athletic Complex. The event is free and open to the public!
  • 7/26 The Promise Community initiative, an effort to create accessible early childhood education in Rutland City, is urging people with concerns about early childhood education to come to the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Community Forum on July 26th at 5:30 at the CVPS-Leahy Community Education Center at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Conference Rooms B and C

Building Great Neighborhoods

The conversation focused on the role of the committee: are we still focusing on the Northwest neighborhood, or should our efforts expand to the entire Rutland community? Should we start planning a block party for October? Should we have initiatives that are uniquely “Project VISION,” or should we just share events we are working on and if others in the committee are interested, they can join in on?

Block Party this fall: should we create a “party wagon,” that can be rented out for free that includes all the materials to host a block party? Should we let residents coordinate block parties? Should we do smaller block parties?

113 Library Ave: Pam Favreau, community organizer, will be coordinating a volunteer group to install a fence at 113 in the next two weeks. Rob Southworth volunteered as a group leader. Gregg Over of NeighborWorks will be managing the project. To volunteer, contact Pam at

  • The purpose of 113 Library Ave, where NWWVT razed a blighted property in January, will be a city green space, where residents can play sports or enjoy a picnic. The Rec will maintain the property.
  • Outdoor, walk-in movies will be hosted at 113 Library as soon as the fence is completed. NWWVT has the equipment, and anyone who would like to be involved in the selection of movies and outreach for them, contact Shannon Kennelly at

Refugee Resettlement: There was discussion about Project VISION’s role in the refugee resettlement in Rutland, and if anyone was interested in doing a Rutland Fact Sheet (number of open jobs in Rutland, number of vacancies at the schools, etc) or handing out pamphlets on the refugee resettlement process. Interested? Come to the interim meeting on Wednesday, July 27th at 8 AM . Email or call Shannon about the location (TBA) 802-797-8606 or


Call for positive stories! Email all stories to Scott Tucker at and they’ll be featured on the website as well as shared through the listserv.

Congratulations to Jeff McKee for his promotion to Vice President of Community and Behavioral Health!


The Grand Opening of Baxter Street Park took place right after the meeting. It doesn’t get much better than creemes from the Happy Cow Ice Cream Truck and a new city park! 13654384_10206805902601402_6726846624603579614_nDSCF0400