American Flatbread Benefit Bake a Success


THANK YOU, American Flatbread for a great night at our Benefit Bake, and to local businesses who supported our raffle. We raised $1,000 between flatbread and raffle ticket sales.

Our amazing prize basket for our Benefit Bake raffle included gifts from August First, Farmhouse Group, Hen of the Wood, Daily Planet, The Flynn Center, Cynthea’s Spa, and Skirack, and Linda won them ALL! Congratulations to Linda, and many thanks to the donors and all who bought tickets.

Unplugged Awareness with Jamie Lee Thurston

unpluggedawarness_jlt_smChamplain Community Services (CCS) announces that country music star Jamie Lee Thurston will play a free benefit concert to benefit the agency on Sunday, October 16 at 14th Star Brewing Company in St. Albans.

“Unplugged Awareness” features Thurston playing an intimate acoustic show aimed at raising both funds for CCS and awareness the organization’s work. Sponsored by Physicians Computer Company.

Read Press Release.


CCS Announces Voter Registration & Education events

ccs-sightler-picCCS is holding a unique voter registration and education series. It starts with a kick-off event on Tuesday, September 27 at Noon in recognition of National Voter Registration Day, and will offer walk-in registration from Tuesday, September 27 through Friday, September 30, from 12 to 2 p.m. each day.

“As a Specialized Services Agency, we are actually mandated to offer voter registration, but we’re going a step further to actual engage community members and encourage them to register,” said Elizabeth Sightler, executive director. “We hope it’s an opportunity for our neighbors to stop in and get to know a bit more about us, while at the same time offering them a really important service – voter registration.”

Download Press Release.


CCS and UVM CDCI continue to offer community employment TA

14249862_10157553278845294_1528838226661253601_oCCS hosted Professor Simone Visentin (#25!) from the University of Padova/Padua yesterday, who has been learning about Vermont’s system of care with Dr. Bryan Dague (second from left) of UVM’s Center for Disability & Community Inclusion. Professor Visentin also toured a number of employer sites with Way2Work staff.


Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Community Health

Forum PosterMonday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m.
Main Street Landing Film House at Lake and College in Burlington

CCS is joining with other member agencies comprising Vermont Care Partners, as one of the sponsors of this important event, which will include gubernatorial candidates Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, Bruce Lisman, Sue Minter, and Lt. Governor Phil Scott.

The forum will address key issues about how resources can best be directed to strengthen and sustain home and community based services, a critical topic to thousands of Vermonters who live with chronic disabilities, as well as for children and families who struggle with poverty, trauma, and other challenges. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Mallary and televised on Vermont Public Television.

SPONSORS: VNAs of Vermont, Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging, VAMHAR – Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, COVE – Community of Vermont Elders, Vermont Care Partners, representing the Designated and Specialized Service Agencies, Vermont Public Television.


Dave Dewey Joins Board

CCS_DeweyDave Dewey recently joined our Board of Directors. Dave is a K9 Handler and Corporal with the Colchester Police Department, and also serves as an instructor for the Vermont Police Academy on “Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis.” He holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Champlain College.

CCS Joins Vermont Care Partners for Major Press Conference

February 24, 2016


Sounding the Alarm- Vermont Care Partners Calls Press Conference to Request 3% Medicaid Rate Increase

Montpelier, VT– Vermont Care Partners (VCP) is holding a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, February 25 from 11:00 to 11:30 AM in the Cedar Creek Room of the Statehouse. The press conference will address the chronic reimbursement challenges faced by community mental health and developmental disability agencies. Vermont’s Designated Mental Health and Developmental Disability Agencies are requesting a 3% Medicaid rate increase for each of the next four years. Consumers, families, board members, community partners and agency leaders are making their voices heard on this critical and timely issue.

Read entire press release here

CCS featured on Local ABC/Fox News programs!


Reporter Megan Carpenter visited CCS during our United Way Week celebration to learn more about CCS – especially our Way2Work supported employment supported employment program, which United Way invests in.

Watch her report here


Champlain Business Journal covers CCS, new collaborative

CCS and its recently announced ARIS Collaborative were featured in the November 2015 issue of Champlain Business Journal. View a pdf of the article


CCS Named Best Nonprofit in Champlain Business Journal Poll!

NFP1For the second consecutive year, Champlain Community Services earned “Best of the Best Business” award as Best Nonprofit Organization in the Champlain Business Journal Readers Poll.

The business monthly boasts a large readership of business owners and professionals throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Washington Counties. Given our specialized services in career development and job placement, and our strong partnerships with the business community, recognition from such an audience is particularly welcome.

This year, CCS also earned a Runner-Up certificate in the Socially Responsible Business category. Thanks to all who voted for CCS in this poll!


CCS Joins New Collaborative

IMG_6987Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler announces CCS recently joined in a new collaboration agreement with five other Vermont nonprofits. The partnership creates areas of formal and informal collaboration among the agencies that promise operational efficiencies while strengthening pursuit of shared missions.

CCS joins ARIS Solutions (the shared business office for the collaboration), Families First of Southern Vermont, Lincoln Street, Green Mountain Support Services (formerly Sterling Area Services), and Upper Valley Services in a collaboration specifically designed “to ensure that people with disabilities are included in the fabric of Vermont society.” Read full press release


CCS a National Model for Supported Employment

The 11535809_10155842680860294_2819759218055434643_n[1]Minneapolis Star Tribune is researching Vermont’s approach to supported employment for an upcoming feature. Minnesota, like many other states, is considering best practices for sheltered workshop conversion. On June 22, reporters visited CCS and met with CC management and staff, consumers, and families, and visited a number of employment sites (as well as the Champlain Voices picnic!).
1509012_10155842680865294_2285484985595633958_n[1]Our Way2Work program has earned “National Best Practices” recognition, and been named the top supported employment program in Vermont the past six years. Vermont as a state is setting the tone for states throughout the U.S. looking to convert sheltered workshops to community-based employment opportunities in the competitive economy, and we’re serving in some ways as a national model.