Leaders: Born or raised?

JAN DEMERS She sang for the USO in Vietnam going places Bob Hope wouldn’t go. She entertained at the Purple Onion in San Francisco following in the footsteps of the Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller. She was kicked out of Brigham Young University for refusing to stop the work on the Equal Rights Amendment. Nina… Read More »

What you read in the news, we see every day

By JAN DEMERS Andrew was on his way to earn a PhD. He had just graduated from college, concentrating on physical biochemistry. He was also in a dangerous financial situation as his student stipend didn’t begin to enable him to make ends meet. Andrew began working with a Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity financial… Read More »

Get help filing your taxes

By JAN DEMERS An IRS-certified intern from the University of Vermont who works with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program said, “As a local anti-poverty agency, CVOEO (the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity) acts as an incredible resource for Vermonters with low income. Having the ability to work with members of the local… Read More »

New Hope Award finds hope in new Americans

By JAN DEMERS It was Damber Adhirkari who told the story: “Although my mother has chronic migraine headaches, she loves to work and wants to help. My father works the night shift so that he can help in the store during the day. My youngest sister, who is in Essex Middle School, also helps out.… Read More »

Demers: Explaining the purple ribbons

By JAN DEMERS She was rocking back and forth in the chair: an adult holding a teddy bear weeping as she rocked. I was working as the director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in upstate New York. “I’ve lost everything,” she said. And she had. She was alone with no income having left a… Read More »

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