Community leadership prioritizes the greater good for the community over our own personal objectives. Community leaders provide support and build influence to empower others to participate in the process intentionally, and to dismantle traditional toxic leadership methods. As we enter the holiday season, it is important that we remember ways to be of service to those around us. Be the person to empower, build support, build influence and build family with other folx across our communities. If you’re looking to engage in leadership opportunities, check out our new Civic Engagement List, where you can find opportunities to serve on nonprofit and municipal boards or committees from across the state.
We hope that you enjoy the holiday season and take a moment to lend a hand to others – be it friends, family, or strangers. We encourage you to be the difference this season.
This month, we’re featuring La’Keiah M. Batista Sanchez, who works in the hair industry, and started the BIPoC hair clinics.
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La’Keiah M. Batista Sanchez
This month we spoke with La’Keiah M. Batista Sanchez, who relocated to Rutland from Chicago with her two boys. She supports the community through her volunteerism and through her business, Euphoric Hair Experience, LLC, a hair salon opening in April that will serve those living in Rutland County. She is looking for a natural hair stylist and a full time barber to fill positions in her salon (read on to learn how to contact her!). La’ Keiah finds joy in being a business owner and providing a service that is needed in the community. Read the rest of our interview with La’Keiah and her journey of service here!
Resources & Updates
The Vermont Health Equity Initiative (VHEI) is offering two BIPoC vaccine clinics this month at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.
President Biden extends student loan repayment
Due to the student debt relief plan being on pause because of an ongoing supreme court legal case.
Vermont education taxes to rise
According to the department of taxes, Vermont homeowners will see their education taxes raise on average by about 4% over the next year.
ACCD CRRP grant opportunity for BIPoC Business Owners
The State has released $40 million in grants to support businesses across the state that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. There are eligibility requirements, but if you are a business owner in need of financial support, check out this opportunity. There is a 30 day priority period for BIPoC applicants.