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VtSHARES Campaign Awards

Campaign Awards

  • Governor’s Challenge: Office that has the highest increase over last year’s contributions; and highest increase in number of contributors.
  • Leading the Way: Office that has the highest percentage of employees pledge during the first week of the campaign.
  • Spirit Award: Presented to a Campaign Ambassador who finds creative ways to promote, engage, and encourage employee giving. Entries are submitted and voted on by committee, so share your success and ideas with aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov
  • Caring & Sharing: Most participation in sharing of personal testimonials – ask your employees “Why do you give?” and submit them to aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov

*Office refers to an executive branch agency or department; board; commission; or legislative body.

Please note that if more than one agency or department has the same percentage, one winner will be chosen at random draw. Submissions for the Spirit and Caring & Sharing awards may be used to promote Campaigns. If your preference is to not have your entry shared, please state such in your submission email.

2021 Campaign Award Winners:

  • Governor’s Challenge: Office that has the highest increase over last year’s contributions; and highest increase in number of contributors.
    • Contributors: Office of the Secretary of State, Candi LaFreniere
    • Contributions: Department of Corrections, Mary Poulos
  • Leading the Way: Office that has the highest percentage of employees who pledged during the first week of the campaign.
    • Hannah Lane, Vermont Commission on Women 
  • Spirit Award: Presented to a Campaign Ambassador who finds creative ways to promote, engage, and encourage employee giving. Entries are submitted and voted on by committee, so share your success and ideas with aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov.
    • Sarah Hadden, Agency of Natural Resources
    • Anna Reinold, Department of Finance and Management
    • Hope Smith, Department of Aging and Independent Living
    • Jennifer Johnson, Department of Libraries
    • Candace LaFreniere, Office of the Secretary of State
  • Caring & Sharing: Most participation in sharing of personal testimonials – ask your employees “Why do you give?” and submit them to aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov.
    • Mary Poulos, Department of Corrections
Green Mountain United Way presented VtSHARES with the 2020 Employee Campaign Award

2020 Campaign Award Winners:

  • Governor’s Challenge: Office that has the highest increase over last year’s contributions; and highest increase in number of contributors.
    • Contributors: John McKelvie, Human Rights Commission
    • Contributions: Roger Van Tassel, Department of Labor
  • Leading the Way: Office that has the highest percentage of employees pledge during the first week of the campaign.
    • Tim Noonan, Labor Relations Board
    • Jennifer Johnson, Department of Libraries
  • Spirit Award: Presented to a Campaign Ambassador who finds creative ways to promote, engage, and encourage employee giving. Entries are submitted and voted on by committee, so share your success and ideas with aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov
    • Jennifer Johnson, Department of Libraries
    • Hope Smith, Department of Aging and Independent Living
    • Jessica Ploesser, Department of Vermont Health Access
    • Laurie Hurlburt, Agency of Human Services
  • Caring & Sharing: Most participation in sharing of personal testimonials – ask your employees “Why do you give?” and submit them to aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov
    • Gretchen King, Agency of Transportation

*Office refers to an executive branch agency or department; board; commission; or legislative body.

2019 Campaign Award Winners:

  • Governor’s Challenge: Office that has the highest increase over last year’s contributions; and highest increase in number of contributors.
    • ​2019 Winner for contributions: Department of Public Service; Stacey Drinkwine – Campaign Ambassador
    • 2019 Winner for contributors: State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs; Ashley Perry – Campaign Ambassador
  • Leading the Way: Office that has the highest percentage of employees pledge during the first week of the campaign.
    • 2019 Winner: Department of Libraries; Jennifer Johnson – Campaign Ambassador
  • Spirit Award: Presented to a Campaign Ambassador who finds creative ways to promote, engage, and encourage employee giving. Entries are submitted and voted on by committee, so share your success and ideas with aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov
    • 2019 Winners: Department of Corrections; Emily Rotax – Campaign Ambassador and  Department of Libraries; Jennifer Johnson – Campaign Ambassador
  • Caring & Sharing: Most participation in sharing of personal testimonials – ask your employees “Why do you give?” and submit them to aoa.vtshares@vermont.gov
    • 2019 Winners:  Department of Human Resources: Catherine Russell – Campaign Ambassador and  Kathryn Guare, Employee – honorable mention; and  Department of Public Service: Stacey Drinkwine – Campaign Ambassador Susan Paruch, Employee – honorable mention

*Office refers to an executive branch agency or department; board; commission; or legislative body.

2016-2018 Campaign Awards

  • Governor’s Challenge Bowl: Any agency or department that exceeds last year’s contribution, and has an increase in the number of contributors* will be eligible and entered into a drawing. Winner will hold the Governor’s Challenge Bowl for a year.
  • “Honorable Mention” certificates will be issued to any agency or department that exceeds last year’s contribution or has an increase in the number of contributors*.

*An “increase in the number of contributors” also includes any entity that has 100% employee participation.

Campaign Year 2018 Award Winners:

Exceeded Last Year's Contributors

  • Agency of Transportation
  • Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
  • Department of Vemont Health Access
  • Secretary of State's Office

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions

  • Agency of Education
  • Agency of Human Services - Central Office
  • Department of Human Resouces
  • Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Labor Relations Board
  • Public Utility Commission
  • Vermont Commission on Women

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions and Had An Increase In Contributors

  • Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Agency of Digital Services
  • Department for Children & Families
  • Department of Libraries
  • Enchanced 911 Board

Governor's Challenge Bowl Winner For 2018

  • Agency of Digital Services

Campaign Year 2017 Award Winners:

Exceeded Last Year's Contributors

Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation

Department of Motor Vehicles

Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions

  • Department of Buildings and General Services
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Joint Fiscal Office
  • Labor Relations Board
  • Office of Legislative Council & Clerk of the House and Senate
  • Public Service Board

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions and Had An Increase In Contributors

  • Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Agency of Human Services
  • Agency of Natural Resources
  • Office of the Vermont State Auditor
  • Department for Children & Families
  • Agency of Education
  • Department of Finance & Management
  • Department of Financial Regulation
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Department of Libraries
  • Department of Liquor Control
  • Department of Taxes
  • Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
  • Office of the Governor
  • Vermont Commission on Women
  • Green Mountain Care Board
  • Department of Public Service
  • Office of the Vermont Secretary of State
  • Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs
  • Agency of Agriculture
  • Vermont Veteran's Home

Governor's Challenge Bowl Winner For 2017

  • The Military Department

Campaign Year 2016 Award Winners

Exceeded Last Year's Contributors

  • Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation
  • Agency of Human Services

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions

  • Agency of Digital Services
  • Agency of Education
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Public Service
  • Vermont Judiciary
  • State of Vermont Military Department
  • Secretary of State

Exceeded Last Year's Contributions and Had An Increase In Contributors

  • Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
  • Buildings and General Services
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Financial Regulation
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office
  • Vermont Lottery
  • Office of Legislative Council & Clerk of the House
  • Office of the Attorney General

Bowl Winner For 2016

  • Department of Vermont Health Access