To The Editor:
Capstone Community Action has had a long history of helping low-income Valley residents meet their basic needs, such as food, housing and heat. For the past three and a half years we’ve been fortunate to have a physical office in Waitsfield to deliver these services. This was made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of the Mad River Valley Community Fund and Interfaith Council.
The Mad River Valley Community Fund has recently decided to carry forward with this work directly in The Valley and Rebecca Baruzzi will now be staff to the fund. As a result, Capstone is closing our Waitsfield office and will remain a partnering organization with the fund and Baruzzi. Critical services for low-income residents will continue and direct service coordination will be available through the Mad River Valley Community Fund as well as in our location in Barre. Congratulations to the community fund for deciding to sustain and grow their direct service work in The Valley.
We would like to thank community fund president Ashley Woods and the entire community fund board as well as the Mad River Valley Interfaith Council for their help and financial support. This collaboration brought many partners and services to The Valley and resulted in new initiatives and programs. The advocacy work performed on behalf of Valley residents raised awareness of issues of poverty, transportation, housing, substance use disorder and other barriers to self-sufficiency. We are confident that the relationships built along the way will continue to grow and expand to make The Valley an even better place to live and prosper.