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Published April 30, 2024 at 1:50 p.m.

click to enlarge Rachel Hellman in Plainfield, Vt. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Rachel Hellman in Plainfield, Vt.

Update: We made our campaign goal on May 17, 2024!
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Having a reporter on the ground in a community makes a difference.

Unfortunately, there are fewer journalists covering rural Vermont than there used to be. That's why Seven Days applied to Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in newsrooms around the country — and helps fund their work.

In June 2022, RFA corps member Rachel Hellman joined the Seven Days news team. Her beat: Vermont’s small towns. Since she was hired, Rachel has written more than 120 stories in 84 of them.

We’re excited to announce that Rachel is staying at Seven Days for another year— and we need your help to fund her reporting!

Report for America supports corps members for three years, but each year the organization pays a little bit less to encourage newsrooms to seek community support. This year — year three — we need to raise $50,000.

Fortunately, we’ve got a big head start — we’ve already raised $30,000 from Vermont Coffee founder Paul Ralston and two very generous anonymous donors. Can you join them by making a one-time, tax-deductible contribution to our spring campaign by May 17, 2024?

Rachel has many more stories to write. With your help, she’ll get to report them.

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Reader Praise for Rachel's Work

I loved your article about "third spaces" ["Green Mountain Meetups," June 28], which play a critical role in fostering belonging and community. They decrease loneliness and better mental health, and the variety of your sampling was so interesting!”
— Valerie Wood-Lewis, Burlington

"Rachel Hellman's piece "Taking Care" [January 17] should be read by all. I live in Bradford, and there are several towns in the area that employ community nurses, a most valuable and cost-saving program. I wish there were more, and perhaps her article will help make that happen.”
— Gary Moore, Bradford

"A quick thank-you to the writers and editors to say that last week's "Talk of the Towns" cover story [January 24] was phenomenal.I have shared this piece with many family members and friends outside Vermont to give them a succinct snapshot of community life in this state. Seven Days meets Front Porch Forum is a wonderful match, and the ability to listen to Rachel Hellman reading the article just took it all to another level.”
— Paul Warne, Hardwick

Selections from Rachel's Reporting in 2023-24

See all of Rachel's 120+ stories

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