The power of art to inspire, comfort, and stretch the imagination is something all people can benefit from—not just those who can find their way to a museum, pay for a concert ticket, or hire a piano teacher for their children. Philanthropy can help increase access, nourish the artistic spirit, and support Vermont's creative economy at a time when it hasn't fully rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vermont's mental healthcare system is struggling to meet the growing needs of children and adults. According to state figures, the number of Vermonters seeking emergency mental health services from community agencies increased sharply between fiscal year 2019-2021.
These problems are daunting in scale but not hopeless. Funders can help address mental health needs, so all Vermonters have the potential to lead happy, full, and productive lives. Here are three ways to take action today.