Our Mission

 Our mission is to create solutions to systemic issues that prevent our most vulnerable citizens from enjoying the quality of life God intends for us all. 

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Ending Homelessness in Washington County Action


The Central VT Local Organizing Committee invites you to “Ending Homelessness in Washington County: Community-Building Dinner and Progress Report” on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
(16 Barre Street, Montpelier). Please register here especially if you intend to share a meal with us.

Dinner at 5 PM

Public Action at 5:30-6:30 PM 

Community Building Discussion at 6:30 PM

This action featuring VIA congregation members and guests from the Good Samaritan Haven intends to hold elected officials accountable for previous promises made while also hearing about ideas for future plans. VIA clergy and leaders envision ending homelessness in Washington County by 2020. For the last three years since they presented that vision, they have worked closely with allied housing organizations, state agencies, and lawmakers. 

Join us as we build relationships with our neighbors who are still challenged to find safe, decent, affordable housing, and as we make the final push toward eradicating homelessness. For more information, contact Melissa at  melissa@viavt.org.

Corrections Reform Action


Our Corrections Reform Action on October 29, 2019 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington was well-attended and highly successful. VIA leaders won commitments for changes in facilities and therapeutic and restorative programs in the Chittenden Regional Corrections Facility and other prisons across the state from Mike Touchette, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, Sen. Phil Baruth of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Curt Taylor of the House Corrections & Institutions Committee. Read our Research Report

Become a "ChangeMaker"


 We have launched our 


sustaining member campaign. 

In this campaign, we seek to increase the number of regular, monthly givers to 70 of our leaders and friends to be made automatically by credit card or through direct bank deposit. 

Will you be one of those 70? 

Will you help us reach our goal of $20,000 annually by the end of 2019? 

Go to our Donate page now to set up your recurring gift.

Vermont Voices for a $15 Minimum Wage

Not too long ago, a $15 minimum wage seemed “radical” and “unrealistic.” But people all over this country, including right here in VT, are standing up and saying that it is not a radical idea to say a full-time job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Five states and the District of Columbia have already passed a $15 minimum wage. Sen. Sanders hopes VT will soon join them. Unitarian Church of Montpelier leader, Elaine, shares her story about the need for VT to have livable wages.