Agency Request Review Committee

Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2010

Present: Kate Schubart (chair), Kathie Templin, Kate Dodge, Amanda Van Vranken, Trina Hikel

Purpose Of Meeting: To review agency requests for funding and make recommendations to the Selectboard. Criteria are numbers of Hinesburg residents served, quality and kind of service (prevention, advocacy, direct services), and previous funding, with priority given to providers of food, shelter, health and emergency services.

Last Year’s Awards Total: $28,700

This year, $29,662 has been requested. We recommend funding of $28,700.

Agencies And Recommended Awards For FY 2011-2012:

• Chittenden Community Action request: $1500

Wide umbrella of essential services—housing; food security;

emergency heat; consistent longstanding programs; both advocacy

and direct services; well-established, reputable agency.

• Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf: $500

Food services essential in economic downturn

• COTS: ($2000 requested) $1500

Worthy program; robustly funded elsewhere

• Champlain Valley Agency On Aging: ($2200 requested) $2000

Meals on Wheels, etc

• Hinesburg Community Resource Center: $9500

Most inclusive program; high service numbers

• Hinesburg Rides (part of HCRC): $1000

To qualify for matching funds

• Howard Center for Human Services: $800

• Maple Leaf Farm: ($1952 requested) $1900

Intensive residential drug and alcohol treatment

• VT Center for Independent Living: $300

Helps seniors remain in their homes

• Vermont Cares: $500

Established agency supporting of people who are living with HIV

and educating and protecting those who aren't

• Visiting Nurses Assn.: ($7210 requested) $7000

1200+ visits; 12,000+ hours

• Women Helping Battered Women: $2000

Shelter and support for women and families in crisis

• Women’s Rape Crisis Center: $200

Immediate support services for victims of sexual violence

In view of ongoing straitened circumstances for many Hinesburg citizens, we continue to carefully evaluate each request made to the Town based on the case each agency makes for reimbursement for services provided. Our recommendations for funding continue to be focused on supporting services that are essential to many of our residents.

In keeping with the spirit of mutual assistance in our community and the continuing need for essential and emergency services, we encourage Hinesburg residents to contribute independently to any of these worthy organizations.

Kate Schubart disclosed that she is a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association. The Committee has no other agency relationships or conflicts of interest to report.

The Committee gratefully acknowledges the organizational work of Jeanne Kundell Wilson in managing the sending and receiving of request applications in elegant and timely fashion.

Trina Hikel