About Vital Communities

Vital Communities is a nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vermont, that brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Working together, we make our region a better place to live, work, and play every day.


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Map2.revVital Communities serves 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River 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.


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

Jenny Levy, Norwich, VT, Chair
Peter Thurber, Canaan, NH, Vice Chair
Dan Weinstein, Etna, NH, Secretary
Stan Williams, Norwich, VT, Treasurer

Tuck Fellows:
Catherine Boysen, Hanover, NH
Rene Bystron, Hanover, NH

Barbara Barry, Taftsville, VT
Clifton Below, Lebanon, NH
Bill Geraghty, Hanover, NH
Sally Kraft, Hanover, NH
Barry McCabe, West Hartford, VT

Nancy Merrill, Claremont, NH
Rick Mills, South Strafford, VT
Markell Ripps, East Thetford, VT
Ron Shaiko, Hanover, NH

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
Allie Quinn, Hanover, NH
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


November 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Lebanon Community Housing Conversation
  • LFA Business of the Month: Crossroad Farm
  • Upper Valley Farmers' Market Roundtable
  • LFA Business of the Month: Crossroad Farm
  • Visions of a Better World
  • LFA Business of the Month: Crossroad Farm
  • Farmer Mixer Celebration
  • LFA Business of the Month: Crossroad Farm
  • Leadership Upper Valley - Arts & the Creative Economy Day
  • LFA Business of the Month: Crossroad Farm
  • Vital Communities Holiday
  • UVTMA Monthly Meeting

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Privacy Policy

Vital Communities is a regional 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

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 product orders collect credit card information for payment via Network for Good and PayPal, both of 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: Allison Rogers Furbish, Communications and Database Manager, by email or at 802.291.9100 x114.

Important Documents

Vital Communities 990 Return

Read about Vital Communities History here.

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