About Vital Communities

Vital Communities is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change.

Our
Service
Area

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Map2.revVital Communities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving 69 towns in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. The perimeter of our service area includes Ryegate, Vermont, and Bath, New Hampshire, in the north; New London, New Hampshire, in the east; Walpole, New Hampshire, and Westminster, Vermont, in the south; and Bethel, Vermont, in the west.

Community
Discussion
Lists

Join the discussion in your town

Vital Communities encourages community engagement through local community email discussion lists that allow members of a community to post and respond to messages about their town. This service is provided free to communities in the Upper Valley by Vital Communities.

Other Work of Vital Communities

Community Discussion Lists

Community engagement thru online discussions (“listservs”).

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Corporate Council

Business leaders working on issues facing our region.

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Board of Directors

Officers:
Ron Shaiko, Hanover, Chair
Nancy Merrill, Lebanon, Vice Chair
Markell Ripps, Thetford, Secretary
Sally Wilson, Ryegate, Treasurer

Tuck Fellow:
Jena Goettesheim, Hanover

Barbara Barry, Taftsville
Elyse Crossman, Claremont
Edward Fox, Montpelier
Bill Geraghty, Hanover
Sally Kraft, Hanover

Jenny Levy, Norwich
Rick Mills, South Strafford
Monique Priestley, Bradford
Ken Wells, Lebanon

Advisory Council

Clay Adams, Norwich, VT
Lisa Cashdan, Norwich, VT
Jon Chaffee, West Lebanon, NH
Steve Christy, Lebanon, NH
Delia Clark, Taftsville,VT
Glenn English, Haverhill, NH
Charlotte Faulkner, Hanover, NH
Sharon Francis, Charlestown, NH
Byron Hathorn, Fairlee, VT

Rick Hausman, Ryegate,VT
Harvey Hill, Charlestown, NH
Sandra Hoeh, Hanover, NH
Henry Homeyer, Cornish Flat, NH
Biddy Irwin, Newport, NH
Barbara Jones, Grantham, NH
Peggy Kannenstine, Woodstock, VT
Carola Lea, Lyme, NH
Richard Lewin, Hanover, NH
Jane Kitchel McLaughlin, Lyme, NH

Charlotte Metcalf, Norwich,VT
Lizann Peyton, Norwich, VT
Bill Ploog, Lyme, NH
Betty Porter, Norwich, VT
Sylvia Provost, White River Junction, VT
Barry Schuster, Lebanon, NH
Bruce Schwaegler, Orford, NH
Anne Silberfarb, Norwich, VT

Becky Smith, Concord, NH
Stuart V. Smith, Lyme, NH
Vicki Smith, Lyme, NH
Peter Stein, Norwich, VT
Steve Taylor, Meriden, NH
Fred Thomas, Thetford, VT
Peter Welch, Hartland, VT
Diana Wright, Thetford, VT

Vital Communities Program News

What's Happening

Calendar

December 2019

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  • TLC Upper Valley Campaigns!
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  • TLC Upper Valley Campaigns!
  • Vital Communities Open House
  • Vital Communities presents: livemixkings' DjSean
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  • TLC Upper Valley Campaigns!
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  • Leadership Upper Valley Session
  • LUV - Health Day
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  • UVTMA Monthly Meeting
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Privacy Policy

Vital Communities is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vermont, that works to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region’s challenges.

Information Privacy Policy – 08/2010 (revised 09/2019)

Vital Communities respects the privacy of its constituents, donors, and those who support its work as volunteers. Our privacy policy is reviewed annually and posted prominently online at our web site.

  1. We collect name, address, phone, and email contact information from people who express interest in our organization, or who attend our events. We use this information to mail correspondence, newsletters, and other informational products, and solicitations. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or share donor names with any firm or nonprofit organization. We honor any constituent’s wish to not receive mail, emails, or phone communications.
  2. Our online forms for donations and registrations collect credit card information for payment via GiveWP, which use state-of-the-art encryption. Credit card information is not shared with third parties. Donors are advised in printed solicitations that their contributions can be made anonymously.
  3. Personal information about our constituents is rigorously protected using physical, electronic, and procedural protection mechanisms. To review information, and to make corrections, constituents are asked to contact: Elyse Payson, Database Manager, by email or at 802.291.9100 x104.

Important Documents

Vital Communities 990 Return

Read about Vital Communities History here.

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