According to Hunger Free Vermont, 14 percent of the state’s households are food-insecure—meaning that due to low financial resources, they lack access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times. Vikram Patel, a Schweitzer Fellow and Vermont Law School (VLS) student, has mobilized his peers to do something about it. Partnering with the Red Door Thrift Shop and local community leaders, … [Read more...] about Addressing Food Insecurity—and Promoting Social Responsibility: Five Questions for a Fellow with Vikram Patel
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For Schweitzer Fellow M. Kate Thomas, partnering with Sustainable Rutland to mobilize a group of youth volunteers to assist local elders with outdoor tasks is about more than just yardwork. It’s about building a stronger community through cross-generational conversation and collaboration—and promoting the simple idea that if you spot a neighbor who needs help, you should take action instead of … [Read more...] about Building Cross-Generational Bridges, One Yard at a Time: Five Questions for a Fellow with M. Kate Thomas
Over the past two weeks, we've rolled out official announcements about the selection of 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows at many of our program sites. Though there are still more official announcements on their way (about our Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Lambarene Schweitzer Fellows Programs), here's a roundup of selection coverage to date. We hope it leaves you as excited as we are about the work these … [Read more...] about Everyone’s Excited About Our New Schweitzer Fellows!
In a March op-ed for the Burlington Free Press, Schweitzer Fellow and Vermont Law School student Allison Silverman explored the connections between her Schweitzer service project and environmental health. “My project has allowed me to build on my ongoing conviction to build community and a better environment through energy efficiency,” she wrote. Now, on the eve of Earth Day, we chat with … [Read more...] about On the Eve of Earth Day, Building Stronger Communities Through Energy Efficiency: Five Questions for a Fellow with Allison Silverman
In Vermont's rural underserved communities -- where heat is often in short supply, and many residences aren't optimally constructed to keep out the biting cold -- plummeting winter temperatures bring freezing-cold homes and accompanying health risks instead of visions of snowflakes. That's why on November 6, Schweitzer Fellows from Vermont Law School will spend a second day partnering with COVER … [Read more...] about With Temperatures Dropping, Schweitzer Fellows in Vermont Take Action to Weatherize the Homes of People in Need