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VBSR People. Planet. Prosperity. Speaker Series at Vermont Public

By Hiro Soga on Nov 9, 2023 3:18:00 PM

Vermont Public hosted a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility People. Planet. Prosperity. Speaker Series event with a panel of experts to discuss the topic of "Fortifying the Future of Vermont’s Downtowns".

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Rock Point School Hosts the 25th Annual Wiffle Fest

By Hiro Soga on Aug 13, 2023 11:15:00 AM

Rock Point School, located on a 130-acre lakeside campus here in Burlington, Vermont hosted their 25th annual Wiffle Fest on August 12th, 2023, a yearly 2-on-2 wiffle ball tournament and community event that raises money to support Rock Point School and their students in the upcoming year. 

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A Day of Inspiration at the 33rd Annual VBSR Conference

By Hiro Soga on May 30, 2023 9:42:00 AM

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) hosted its 33rd annual conference at the Hula Lakeside Campus in Burlington, Vermont. The Marketing Partners team had a wonderful day filled with new connections, inspiration, and invigorating conversation.

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Christina Ubl of Clute Wealth Management Featured in MoneyGeek

By Hiro Soga on Apr 15, 2023 12:30:00 PM

Christina Ubl, CFP®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, and co-owner of Clute Wealth Management gave her expert insight and tips on financial planning through a divorce in the MoneyGeek article "Financial Planning for a Divorce", originally published in April 2023.

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Rock Point School Hosts Their Annual Maple Run

By Hiro Soga on Mar 29, 2023 9:38:00 AM

Each year Rock Point School in Burlington, VT, hosts their annual Maple Run 5k to raise funds for the charity of their choice. In 2023 the race raised money for the World Central Kitchen to help with their disaster relief efforts in Turkey.

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WheelPad L3C's Julie Lineberger Interviewed on Real Leaders Podcast

By Hiro Soga on Aug 31, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Co-founder and President of WheelPad L3C, Julie Lineberger, was interviewed on the Real Leaders Podcast where she discussed the social responsibility values that are woven into Julie's life, including her businesses, and her journey that led to the creation of WheelPad L3C. 

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RPS Students Participate in Gender & Sexuality Conference

By Hiro Soga on Nov 19, 2021 11:30:00 AM

On Wednesday, November 17, Rock Point School participated in Outright Vermont's statewide virtual Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) conference. Rock Point School's GSA students gathered for the Zoom event with a fantastic turnout of 650 other youth from around Vermont for discussions, games, and breakout rooms to connect with other regional GSAs. 

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Vermont Coffee Company Raises Money for Local Nonprofits Amid Covid-19

By Hiro Soga on Apr 15, 2020 2:46:00 PM


As the pandemic began to affect Vermont, Paul Raulston, CEO of Vermont Coffee Company, started a fundraiser for Addison County’s H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects), pledging to match donations up to $25,000 to restock the food shelf to help those affected by Covid-19. 

Vermont Coffee Company was able to meet its goal, donating a total of $50,000 within a few days. Raulston then launched a second fundraiser with the same $25,000 donation match to benefit the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes and the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Chittenden County.

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Vermont Continues to Lead States in Battery Recycling

By Hiro Soga on Feb 19, 2020 2:03:00 PM


Call2Recycle, the first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization in the US, published its annual report on which states had recycled the most batteries. This year, these calculations excluded batteries recycled by major retailers and other private companies, bringing a focus on batteries recycled by consumers.

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VPR features ‘Gaming Disorder’ and Spring Lake Ranch

By Hiro Soga on Jun 26, 2018 12:16:00 PM


VPR’s Vermont Edition hosted a discussion about the newly recognized ‘Gaming Disorder’ diagnosis and Rachel Stark, director of admissions and outreach at Spring Lake Ranch, shared her expertise.

Rachel described how the Ranch staff help residents who have Gaming Disorder, which was recognized earlier this year by the World Health Organization. Limiting time on the computer, prohibiting cell phone use, and encouraging involvement in other offered activities at the residential mental health treatment community are just a few of the many tactics used by the Ranch.