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Upper valley Volunteer SUmmit

New Pathways & Best Practices in Community Based Resettlement
July 12, 10am-2pm












Thank you to everyone who made The Upper Valley Volunteer Summit a success. The day was full of meaningful conversation that left us all inspired and motivated to continue this crucial work. A huge thank you to Jeff Lewis, who has able to capture the day in photos. 

Explore content from the Summit below:

Summit Featured Speaker Presentations:

Jessica Chapman,  Director for Community Sponsorship Technical Assistance, Church World Service 


Ann O'Brien, Director of Sponsorship, IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services)




















Other Helpful Resources:


WelcomeCorps Toolkits - Forming a Private Sponsorship Group

Church World Serivce - Community Sponsorship

IRIS - Welcome Corps

















See the agenda from the Summit Below:

AGENDA: New Pathways & Best Practices in Community Based Resettlement


Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 


9:30-10:00 Arrivals


10:00 - 12:00 Featured Speakers

  • Ann O'Brien, Director of Sponsorship, IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

  • Jessica Chapman,  Director for Community Sponsorship Technical Assistance. Church World Service


12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch and Conversation


1:00 - 2:00 pm Facilitated Subregional Discussions 


Sponsored by:

CCL Welcome Fund and SHARe

Martha Tecca, Core Team Member


Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation

Erika Hoffman-Kiess, Executive Director

Ascentria Care Alliance

Greg Richane, Co-Sponsorship & Volunteer Manager


Working Communities of Southern Vermont

Alex Beck, Initiative Director Southern Vermont Working Communities


Our vision is a resilient, networked, learning community of volunteers supporting refugee resettlement in the region. The goal of this event is to help create and sustain a welcoming, growing, diverse community with a robust workforce, stimulating schools, and rich community life. Please join this gathering of community leaders for this opportunity to work and learn together from national experts, and from one another.



Convene a gathering of Vermont leaders in community-based resettlement with the following goals:

  • Recognize, capture and celebrate how much we have already learned.

  • Bring expertise and knowledge into the region to build robust regional systems to welcome newcomers

  • Increase awareness of resources available so we can learn, develop, adapt and implement best practices

  • Build our shared understanding of our roles within the larger systems

  • Help leaders to help their volunteers define and achieve success

  • Define goals and needs for future gatherings, trainings or technical assistance


If you have any questions, please contact Martha Tecca at or Jen Stromsten at

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For more information on IRIS and cosponsorship, contact and 

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