Green Mountain United Way Community Impact Director to Retire

After 9 years as Community Impact Director in Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties for Green Mountain United Way, Nelson Baker will retire on June 30th. “After my 76th birthday, I began to focus on the fact that I am now closer to 80 than I was to 70 years of age. I am grateful for the last nine years of my “retirement job” with Green Mountain United Way but I now want to focus on spending more time with family and friends.”, announced Nelson in an email to partners, supporters and colleagues on June 8.

Baker, who previously retired as the owner of the P & H Truck Stop in Wells River, Vermont, has worked as Community Impact Director of Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in the St Johnsbury office of Green Mountain United Way for the past 9 years, as they transitioned from a primarily fundraising organization to a community impact organization in recent years. Working on initiatives in areas of health, education and financial stability, Nelson was able to connect with many in the community to make an impact. Many individuals and groups have benefitted from financial literacy classes he taught focusing on credit, budgeting, and savings and have been able to put the tools he gave them to good use to improve their lives and financial stability.

“Thank you, Nelson, for your leadership work here in the Northeast Kingdom”, offered Paul Bengston, CEO of Northern Vermont Regional Hospital in St Johnsbury. “Nelson’s work has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of the residents of this region. Our country and state need many more people like him.”

“We appreciate all that Nelson Baker has done for the communities we work in. He has been an anchor in the Caledonia and Southern Essex County area and we will honor his work by continuing our commitment to the people of those areas, as well as our entire five-county region, by continuing to strengthen the Community Impact work that we do to LIVE UNITED in our communities.”, said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.

Green Mountain United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, and Washington Counties through programs and partnerships like Tatum’s Totes, Working Bridges, financial literacy, and by bringing together nonprofit, government, businesses and volunteers around a common vision to create maximum impact and long-lasting results.

About Green Mountain United Way: Green Mountain United Way is a Vermont not-for-profit organization in operation since 1976. They work to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties by mobilizing the caring power of communities around our region to advance the common good. No other single organization has the scope and influence to bring together human service agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

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