May
4
Thu
Mercy Connections May Luncheon @ Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
May 4 all-day

 

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Our Annual May Luncheon highlights the many programs and participants we support all year long and the results that are important to our community. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT, on Thursday May 4, 2017 and will highlight the many ways Mercy Connections helps move people to greater self-sufficiency. Purchase individual tickets here.

Mercy Connections is pleased to share that Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley award, exemplifying Mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT, on Thursday May 4, 2017 and will highlight the many ways Mercy Connections helps move people to greater self-sufficiency.
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Energy Innovation Night @ Generator
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Burlington Electric, Vermont Gas and friends for an evening of pitches and networking designed to connect emerging energy innovators with the resources you need to advance your projects. All innovators along the energy value chain are welcome.

Rocket stoves? Solar panels? eGauges? Capacitors? Turbines? Dashboards? Concentrators? Wireless transmission? You bet, we want to see it all!

Join us Thursday May 4 to share innovative ideas and prototypes – it’ll be a great evening to share and connect, and possibly unlock those sticking points to advancing your work.

Drinks and appetizers by Liquid Arts. Special thanks to Burlington Electric, Vermont Gas, Renewable NRG Systems, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Office of the Vice president for Research at the University of Vermont.

May
25
Thu
Vermont Story Lab: Storytelling Strategies That Move People to Donate @ Waterbury Public Library
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

At the heart of your work as a nonprofit communicator is the powerful mission-driven story that your organization has to share. How effectively are you bringing that story to funders, grantors, businesses, and individual donors so that they feel moved to support your work over the long-term?

This half-day workshop, sponsored by Vermont Story Lab, will offer creative, dynamic strategies to showcase programs and participants to demonstrate impact. From shaping a poignant client story for an annual appeal to representing your program work through a compelling infographic, this interactive lab will share robust examples of effective nonprofit storytelling for specific diverse audiences. Please bring a stellar example of your own to share.

The session will be facilitated by Marybeth Christie Redmond, a writer-journalist and former director of development and communications at Vermont Works for Women. She has worked in marketing, communications and fundraising for a host of local and global nonprofit organizations over 25 years and taught digital storytelling to undergraduates at St. Michael’s College. She holds a master’s from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Redmond is a founding partner of Vermont Story Lab, a peer-to-peer network of nonprofit communicators exploring storytelling for change.

Vermont Story Lab, a network exploring and supporting storytelling for change, is generously funded by the Vermont Community Foundation.

Jun
2
Fri
Vermont Story Lab: Minimal Resource Filmmaking @ Vermont Folklife Center
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Storytelling, oral history, and ethnography can be powerful tools for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. They can also be catalysts for activism and social change. This workshop is intended for students, community members, and staff members of nonprofit cultural, community and social-service agencies interested in developing collaborative documentary or storytelling skills, and especially for those who would like to do so using technology they already have (phones, iPods).

This half-day session will provide an introduction to the ethnographic method of community-based research and the tools and skills of media-making. Participants will view a variety of short media examples, design a question or mini-project idea, and then head out into downtown to interview people and gather video, audio, and photographic footage. Participants will return to the Folklife Center and learn to use available tools to edit a short video on iPods or phones (on their own equipment or on iPods and phones provided by the Folklife Center).

Mary Rizos, education outreach and professional development coordinator, at the Vermont Folklife Center will serve as instructor. Rizos worked as a middle and high school Spanish teacher for 12 years before joining the Folklife Center. During that time, she taught photography and Latin American Studies, and led students on international trips built around history, identity, community, and cultural exchange.

Rizos has produced multimedia work exploring the culture of bodybuilding, daily life on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and microfinance and water access in the Andes. She has also worked collaboratively with students on projects about their personal and educational experiences in rural Vermont. Rizos earned a bachelor’s in anthropology and Spanish from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and a master’s in journalism (with an emphasis on documentary photojournalism) from the University of Montana.

Vermont Story Lab, a network exploring and supporting storytelling for change, is generously funded by the Vermont Community Foundation.

Jun
12
Mon
Vermont Story Lab: Top Tips for Digital Media Outreach @ RETN Media Factory
Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get started telling your organization’s story online and on video! Learn strategies for reaching your audience, and explore digital media tools that elevate and amplify your story. We’ll look at great examples, explore new media tools, and have conversations about how to best reach your community. You will come away with ideas, inspiration, and a basic toolkit to get started in digital media, or take your work to the next level.

Bring your iPad, smartphone, or laptop to our smart classroom. We’ll also have some iPads for use during the session. While much of our training focuses on Mac/Apple, we’ll be talking about universal strategies and online resources that are cross-platform as well. (And if the above sentence is confusing, have no fear – we’ll explain it all!)

Workshop presenters:

Gin Ferrara is RETN’s Community Engagement Manager. Gin is also the owner of Spindle & Widget a communication services company, and is the co-founder of Storytelling VT, an oral storytelling event and community.

Ross Ransom is RETN’s Education Coordinator. In order to make media more accessible to his community, Ross works with RETN productions, marketing, programming, and trainings.

RETN makes media and technology accessible for all students and lifelong learners to advance education and civic engagement. Find out more at retn.org

Vermont Story Lab, a network exploring and supporting storytelling for change, is generously supported by the Vermont Community Foundation.