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 and activities.
- Limited economic opportunities are forcing younger people to seek jobs elsewhere, resulting in an aging population with increasing needs for supportive services.
- Economic insecurity, hunger, 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, and an Aquatic Nuisances Committee examines 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.
The Greensboro Association annually provides $2000-3000 to the Town to sponsor fireworks on the day selected to celebrate the Fourth of July. While aware that not all residents value this display, the Greensboro Association has long supported the community fireworks in the effort to reduce the risks of injuries and disruption that can accompany individual use.
Member Portal, Directory, Green Sheet, and Maps
The Greensboro Association is now utilizing new membership management software. This streamlines dues payment and an updated and functional online membership directory. Every member has a username and password that enables them to update and confirm contact information, pay dues and 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 a “Green Sheet” of traditional events that take place each year and we maintain an online community calendar on our website.
The Association maintains an active website, Facebook pages, and a Facebook Group. We also sponsor a group for Greensboro Rides and Sharing. Together, our social media channels provide an important link to our community on a year-round basis. A spring newsletter is published and mailed each year. Together, these help 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 village 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. For a list of grant recipients, see the grants report under Resources and Reports.
The Conservation Committee participates in the protection and management of our natural resources, wildlife, and environment. Efforts of the committee have included projects to plant Elm trees, efforts to establish a bike path, contributions to maintain trails for winter cross country skiing, and coordination with other conservation groups in the region.
Events and Entertainment
The Association also provides and facilitates entertainment. The Lake Concert Committee provides summer concerts from the dock of the Landon cottage on the south shore of the lake every Sunday evening in July and August. We promote ‘sailing days’ on Caspian Lake and we run the annual charity fun run, the Caspian Challenge, which invites runners to enjoy a day of community and benefits both local causes and lake protection initiatives.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Association also has served as an advocate for its members. Ad hoc committees are formed to help address targeted issues. A recent example is the Tax Committee, led by John Schweizer, to research and communicate the tax structures and their impact on residents of the Greensboro community.