Our mission is to conceive, advance, and support village initiatives and organizations that enhance our community, and to protect Caspian Lake and its surrounding environment.
Fund for Greensboro, Community Grants Support and Initiatives
Consistent with our mission, a few years ago the Greensboro Association launched the Fund for Greensboro (FFG) as a funding resource to support social, educational, municipal, and environmental projects that are important to the Town of Greensboro and its residents. The FFG includes three distinct accounts, the combined goal of which is to provide support for both immediate and future needs.
Greensboro is known for its strong sense of community, spectacular natural environment, pristine Caspian Lake, vibrant artistic and cultural opportunities, and outstanding local food economy. Yet, challenges to our community and sustainable future remain. These include the following:
- The lake and surrounding watershed are threatened by inadequate septic systems, climate change, invasive species, under-regulated recreational use, and inappropriate development policies.
- Limited economic opportunities are forcing younger people to seek jobs elsewhere, resulting in an aging population with increasing needs for supportive services.
- Economic and food insecurity and inadequate housing are prevalent.
- Our telecommunications infrastructure is inadequate for small business needs and start-ups.
Helping to maintain the quality of Caspian Lake is one of the most important roles of the Association. Towards this end, the GA has monitored water quality for many years on a weekly basis during the summer months. A Lake Protection Committee was established in the 1970s to study run-off from streams feeding the lake and the resultant build-up of the deltas, as well as to examine ways to prevent the infestation of Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels. The Greensboro Association is an active participant in the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds whose purpose is to exchange information and solve mutual problems among its members in close cooperation with state environmental agencies. Another accomplishment of the Association was to limit the use of jet skis and waterski courses on the lake, which has substantially contributed to lake protection and noise reduction.
Member Portal, Directory, and Green Sheet
The Greensboro Association’s membership management software streamlines dues payment and allows access to an updated and functional online membership directory. Every member has a username and password that enables them to update and confirm contact information, and to pay dues and make donations online.
Every other year, the Association publishes a member directory that includes a range of valuable community information. The directories are sold at Willey’s. We also publish an online “Green Sheet” calendar of traditional events that take place each year.
The Association maintains an active website, Facebook pages, and a Facebook Group. Together, our social media channels provide an important link to our community on a year-round basis, helping to connect people with one another and provide information about key activities taking place in the community.
Greensboro Initiatives and Grants Program
We support a range of Greensboro area initiatives. Recent projects include enhancements to the Village Green and Elm tree protection. Through our Grants Program, we annually provide small grants to numerous projects and initiatives that benefit the residents of Greensboro and Greensboro Bend. For a list of grant recipients, see the grants report under Resources and Reports.
Events and Entertainment
The Association supports and facilitates community initiatives in line with our mission, including Sunday evening concerts in July and August, sailing activites, and the annual Caspian Challenge Run/Walk, which invites runners to enjoy a day of exercise and community and benefits both local causes and lake protection initiatives.