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August 9th: The Alliance is Hiring a Public Engagement Director

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance (the Alliance) is a statewide, independent advocacy coalition of parents, community members, organizations, and early childhood providers who are committed to improving public policies that impact young children between the ages of birth and eight in the areas of health, safety, food and economic security, and early care and education. The role of the Public Engagement Director is to support advocacy activities that advance the mission of the Alliance by coordinating its community engagement and education activities; providing direct advocacy support during the legislative session; and supporting membership engagement. Read More

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The Loan Fund's Business Resource Center Builds & Expands

Ten years ago, the Loan Fund launched our first technical assistance programming in the form of Project SUCCESS, which provided specialized resources and services to support early care & learning entrepreneurs. But since then, “things have evolved quite a bit,” says Elena Gustavson, VCLF’s Director of Business Resources. Read More

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VCLF Lends $1.58 Million in 4th Quarter 2021

In the fourth quarter of 2021, VCLF loaned $1.58 million to Vermont's small businesses, early care & learning programs and affordable housing developers. Read More

VCLF Welcomes New Staff, Bids Farewell to UVM Intern

In March, we welcomed Sharon Bernard as our new Senior Accountant. Sharon joined us from Capstone Community Action in Barre, where she served as Director of Finance for seven years. Prior to that, Sharon spent 13 years at National Life of Vermont. Sharon and her husband live in Montpelier, nearby to their two daughters' families.Read More

Seasoned Nonprofit Lender Raymond Lanza-Weil Heads VCLF Business Programs

Raymond Lanza-Weil has joined the Loan Fund as Director of Business Programs. Lanza-Weil comes to VCLF with extensive experience in both the nonprofit and commercial lending sectors. Getting his start underwriting consumer loans at a community bank in California, Lanza-Weil spent a decade underwriting business loans for US Bank in Portland, Oregon before transitioning to nonprofits.Read More