A healthy, strong community is like a tapestry with many threads that create a vibrant, cohesive whole. Some of the most important threads in any community are the organizations that create and promote the arts. Being a force for positive change is important to Mascoma Bank, and supporting organizations that bring the arts to our communities is part of that.
As a certified B Corp, Mascoma Bank is part of the global movement to use business as a force for good. But what does that mean? How can business be a force for good? The Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a prime example of how businesses can have a positive impact in the real world, on the lives of their owners, employees, customers, and the communities in which they are embedded.
Music is a collaborative art. People who play music together learn to work together and form the connections that result in strong communities. At Mascoma Bank, working to promote strong communities is an important part of who we are. That means, supporting organizations like the Upper Valley Music Center aligns perfectly with our philosophy.
Rising in the town of Cabot in Washington County, Vermont, the Winooski River flows westward across half the state, winding its way through Colchester, Winooski, and Burlington on its approach to Lake Champlain. From above, it looks like a ribbon tossed upon the land.
Imagine for a moment you are the sole breadwinner of a household of four in New Hampshire. Between two part-time jobs, you earn a little more than $23,000, placing you in the 8 percent of New Hampshire residents who live below the poverty line.
Do you remember the first time you tried kale? Celery root? What about Swiss chard? If you didn’t grow up eating these produce items frequently grown here in the North Country, you might understand how turning an unfamiliar bunch of greens or a strange-looking root into an appealing meal can be a real stumper.
At Mascoma Bank, one of our most important goals is to be a force for positive change. No less an authority than Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” If that’s true, the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is making us all look good.
There’s always that point in an Upper Valley winter when you are gripped with a dreadful possibility—spring will never come! There’s just too much snow, too much cold, too much ice, for spring to ever find its way home. The crocuses and daffodils don’t stand a chance.