Vermont Nonprofit Rolls Out Social Services Vehicle, Powered by Green Energy

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A new tool is helping a Vermont nonprofit in its mission to uplift people so they can achieve economic independence. It’s a custom-outfitted vehicle which has a light footprint on the planet.

The social services outreach vehicle is making its debut in the Burlington area, allowing the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to better serve Vermonters experiencing homelessness — near encampments or other hard-to-reach areas.

"It adds that vital outreach component," explained Paul Dragon, the executive director of CVOEO. “We had an outreach team for almost a year now, but having the van where we have Wi-Fi, computers set up that we can bring it out to where people are — so they can sign up in the warmth of the van for benefits or for housing — get a hot meal right there, maybe some first aid, maybe some clothing, that’s what it brings. It brings all those services right to them."