Common Good VT is thrilled to welcome Debbie Krug as the new Assistant Coordinator! Debbie has extensive experience both professionally and as a volunteer in Vermont nonprofits and we’re fortunate to have her as a part-time member of our team.
“I am pleased to continue working to build capacity for Vermont nonprofits! It is a great honor for me to collaborate and connect with the local community of nonprofit and service professional leaders as a Common Good VT staffer, and to become a contributing part of that community with my own time and energy.
Since finishing an Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont in 2008, I have been working and volunteering with several of Vermont’s excellent nonprofit organizations. I have greatly enjoyed volunteering as a family friend/community liaison with Vermont Refugee Resettlement (VRRP), as a ski instructor and guide with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, as a Tax-preparer with the VITA Program, and as a bicycle mechanic with BikeRecycleVT. After serving in the City of Burlington’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program helping former refugees and low-income families access after-school programming through the Burlington School District, I supervised a team of 14 volunteers supporting area agencies in serving low income residents of Northern Vermont. These experiences have taught me about family and community advocacy, and how best to empower community members to meet their own needs. I met environmentalists and other community leaders from a variety of different backgrounds, places, and organizations in the summer of 2008, while working as a local foods chef through the Center for Whole Communities in Waitsfield. I have worked with Burlington Families through the Burlington Kids AfterSchool Program, and the Burlington Children’s Space nonprofit Preschool. I helped control erosion of Vermont’s Riparian Zones with the Intervale Conservation Nursery. I have recently returned from a Practicum with a Public Works Department in Melsungen, a small town in Central Germany, and in the spring I hope to enroll in a Graduate with the University of Vermont’s Community Development and Applied Economics Program (CDAE).
Whatever their role, people working or volunteering in Vermont nonprofits give equal attention to building resilient relationships with others, creating equitable processes to accomplish our goals, and attaining concrete measurable results to better share our projects publicly for others to build upon. As I join this professional community, I believe that the most important strengths that I will bring to Common Good VT are my passion for community engagement, my attention to relationships and process, my support for service-oriented paradigms through my own service and volunteering, and my eager willingness to examine deeply personal belief structures and actions.”