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In May, Governor Phil Scott put his seal on a Proclamation of Inclusion. It urges Vermonters to work harder to end discrimination and welcome people regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, and disability. That message needs to be repeated, especially with the recent one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and the overdue call for racial justice it has brought.

But how do words translate to action? The Governor’s designation of the second week of May as Inclusion Week is a good gesture. But how does Vermont go beyond that, and show that we can get there from here? There are ways to donate time, money, and goodwill to reach the goal. Here are five. 

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Can We End Gun Violence in Vermont? One nonprofit believes we can

In a statement on May 25, 2022, Vermont Community Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith emphasized the need for gun control policy in response to the major mass shooting incidents that occurred last month. The Insight Hub researched the topic of gun control, and the following article is a result.

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The Stranglehold of Student Debt: How charitable giving can bring relief

In 2020, a study by the Vermont Futures Project found that after paying for rent, childcare, food, cars, insurance, and an estimated $635 a month in student loans, a couple with one child would have about $75 a month in disposable income. Philanthropy can pave the way for new strategies to minimize debt and increase education attainment.

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