Say No to Cookie Dough! Raise Money for Youth Groups and Schools With Inspiration

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you have way too much cookie dough in your freezer? Do you have magazine subscriptions that go unread month after month? A Seattle company has created an new way for private schools and church groups to raise money quickly. Seattle based Affirmagy recently launched a fundraising division called Positively Fundraising. Positively Fundraising allows groups to raise thousands of dollars within weeks.  The turnkey set-up of Positively Fundraising was created so that small groups could raise needed funds in a short time. Parents across the nation who are tired of stocking up on cookie dough, candy and popcorn to help youth group and school projects love Positively Fundraising. “Instead of filling cupboards with sugary snacks, folks can help an organization they love and have a cuddly blanket to signify their support for years to come. People buy our blankets for themselves and for those they love. And they appreciate them even more knowing that the dollars spent to acquire them fuel projects close to their hearts,” says Founder and CEO, Kristen Marie Schuerlein. And with Mothers Day coming up, buyers would be fulfilling a need for giving. Raise Thousands of Dollars in a Few Weeks The average group is able to raise from $1,000 to $3,000 in a matter of weeks by selling blankets with positive messages on Positively Fundraising. Positively Fundraising offers its customers downloadable catalogs, forms, tips sheets and economical sample packs so even those new to fundraising can find success quickly. Kids love holding up the vibrantly colored blankets while people can read the inspiring affirmations. “The kids take orders and buy only the blankets they’ve sold from Positively Fundraising” says Schuerlein. “Youth group leaders love that they can raise money and don’t have to buy a bunch of inventory in advance.”  Affirmagy’s blankets come in a variety of themes and colors to literally wrap people in Love, Courage, Abundance and gratitude. Michael Tozzi, youth fundraiser team leader for the Church of Today West in Pontiac Michigan, said he spent over a year looking for the right fundraiser to help rebuild their youth program. “Affirmagy’s support and great energy made our fundraiser the most successful one ever,” he said. Visit and or call 888.624.6018 to learn more. (Yellow Image shows one of the blanket designs) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Jane’s Trust grants $80,000 to CVOEO to support financial empowerment for new Americans

first_imgVermont Business Magazine So how does a program like Financial Futures get from interpreted financial capability classes on site to the “Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project?” Start by building on a grant-funded project in 2015/16 through the Refugee Targeted Assistance Program with the goal of developing the financial capability of refugees and asylum seekers, then add staff participation in IDEO’s Human-Centered Design course, then strengthen existing and forge new partnerships.Then add funding support from Jane’s Trust in the amount of $80,000 to bring on an Americorps*VISTA and a project manager, provide training for Community Ambassadors who will lead classes in year two, and a Financial Wellness Day with activities for the whole family.Jan Demers, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) says, “In these uncertain times for our New American neighbors, we’re grateful for this funding support, and we’re committed to continuing to scale up our services to ensure that all Vermonters have opportunities for bright financial futures.”With the strong collaborative support of partners, CVOEO’s Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project will reach 150 New American neighbors through interpreted classes and individual coaching meetings; a Financial Wellness Day, reaching 100 New Americans; and a new service of financial house parties to reach 100 Somali women (the result of a four-month long Human-Centered Design workshop with Financial Futures staff participating) Check out this cartoon(link is external).)Those partners include the Burlington School District Parent University who will organize financial workshops at Parent U., refer community ambassadors, recruit hosts for Bhutanese house parties, and recognize participants at their annual graduation. In addition, the Vermont Family Network (VFN) will refer community ambassadors as well, and recruit hosts from the Somali community. The Islamic Society of Vermont will host a Friday Jummah meet and greet with mosque members and partners, hosting financial capability classes on site, and also refer community ambassadors and recruit hosts from the Somali Community. The City of Winooski will host and provide marketing and outreach for the second annual Financial Wellness Day and host on-site community classes that day.As one partner, Pam McCarthy, CEO/President of the Vermont Family Network (VFN), says, “Moving from a model of being participants in a class to becoming the hosts and facilitators of financial education is sure to make a positive difference, and aligns with VFN’s commitment to empowerment and peer-to-peer learning.”Kate Larose, Financial Futures Program director says “The clients that CVOEO serves are at the heart of all that we do. For that reason it is only fitting to imagine what success will look like two years from now from a client’s perspective:”My name is Ashikiro and I arrived in Vermont in 2008. Sometimes it seems like yesterday when I was back in the camp in Kenya. Other days it seems like a lifetime ago. My first year here was wonderful and confusing. In addition to learning another new culture and language, I also had to learn a completely new financial system—everything from getting a bank account to paying bills. I heard that CVOEO had financial classes, but I never felt comfortable going, and the bus would take an hour. So when I heard they were looking for women interested in hosting a party, I signed up. I invited five of my friends and we decided we wanted to learn more about buying a car, especially since many loans here charge interest that we cannot pay. The party was fun. I learned new things and I earned money towards my savings goal for hosting at my apartment. My friends were able to start saving too. Three parties later I am closer to buying my car and I was invited to become a community ambassador. Less than 10 years ago I was learning all of this for the first time. Now I will be the one teaching other Somali women. People tell their friends, “Oh, you have a money question? Ask Ashikiro.”Innovation in this project takes several forms: moving from the concept of classes to parties that are responsive to what attendees want to learn and provide built-in opportunities for saving towards goals, a multi-generational approach through the family-friendly Financial Wellness Day with hands-on learning for all ages, and working with those who are already trusted and respected members of the community.About CVOEOThe Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1965 to carry out the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in Vermont’s Northwest Counties of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle. It is one of five Community Action Agencies in Vermont.We bridge gaps and build futures. That is, we provide individuals and families with the basic needs of food, fuel and housing support in times of crisis, and we help them acquire the necessary education, financial skills and assets to build a stable future in which they thrive.CVOEO provides vital services to over eleven thousand households (over 25,000 individuals) every year. Our three Coordinated Statewide Housing Services (the Fair Housing Project, the Mobile Home Program, and Vermont Tenants) serve residents statewide. The agency employs a dedicated staff of approximately 145 employees and engages more than 1,100 volunteers annually, working out of approximately 18 locations in addition to Head Start classrooms throughout the Champlain Valley region.Source: 7.12.2017(link is external)last_img read more

People’s United Bank acquires Vend Lease

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank(link is external), NA, a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), has acquired Vend Lease Company(link is external), a nationwide provider of equipment financing to suppliers and vendors primarily in the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease will become a division of the bank’s operating subsidiary, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.”We are pleased to welcome Vend Lease to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, Chairman and CEO of People’s United Financial. “They share our client-centric approach, have a highly specialized skill-set, and a recognized brand in the markets they serve. The strength of our combined expertise will provide for an exceptional client experience, foster positive growth and be a valuable addition to our growing equipment finance business.””With People’s United and LEAF, we are confident in our ability to accelerate growth from expanded sales resources, strong marketing capabilities and sophisticated technology automation,” said Michael Paszkiewicz, President of Vend Lease. “Leveraging the bank’s expertise in equipment leasing and access to capital will allow us to better serve our clients.”Established in 1979, Vend Lease will maintain their existing brand and operate under LEAF, a $1 billionequipment finance company. Since its founding in 2002, LEAF has financed over $6 billion for more than 250,000 customers nationwide. People’s United’s combined equipment finance units have over $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the U.S.”Our goal is to create a deep network of specialty finance experts who understand the evolving equipment finance industry, to generate an environment that drives growth. The addition of Vend Lease will help us achieve that goal,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman & CEO of LEAF.Keefe, Bruyette & Woods served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United.CrestMount Advisors served as financial advisor and Baker Donelson served as legal counsel to Vend Lease.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with approximately $45 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MO and Orange, CA. From the server room to the office to the factory floor, wherever customers need equipment, we make it affordable. Trusted by nearly 250,000 companies of all sizes across the U.S., LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., with the expanded strength of People’s United Bank, offers customized financing that helps customers solve real problems. When businesses need financing, or need to offer financing – they achieve more with LEAF. Learn more at is external).About Vend Lease CompanyFounded in 1979 and headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease is a premier financial services company that provides nationwide equipment leasing services across many industries, focusing in the hospitality sector. With a commitment to helping its customers obtain the equipment they need to grow their business, Vend Lease strives to satisfy customers beyond expectations with a focus on integrity, professionalism and quality. For more information on Vend Lease, please visit is external).SOURCE People’s United Bank is external)last_img read more