Welcome to Franklin County Caring Communities 

Our Vision

A safe and healthy community that values all of its members.

Our Misson

To promote healthy communities in Franklin County through positive youth development and substance abuse prevention.

About Franklin County Caring Communities

Caring Communities works with community partners to identify and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse, especially among youth and young adults, and equip individuals, families, and the community at large to create healthy, substance-free environments where everyone can thrive.

We support positive youth development and substance abuse prevention through community, school, family, and peer action. We promote community norms that support healthy choices in

partnership with you–parents, youth, organizations, businesses, law enforcement, concerned community members. We also support youth through both school-based and community-based mentoring. Join us!

Partnerships and Initiatives

Franklin County Caring Communities, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  If you are interested in volunteering or joining the board, please contact Beth Crane at  527-5049 or beth@fcccp.org.

Financial statements available upon request.

Meet the Caring Communities Staff

Crystal Lampman

Executive Directorcrystal.fcccp@gmail.com

Crystal Lampman joined the Franklin County Caring Communities family after her graduation from Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University) in 2002. Early in her career she facilitated youth outreach programming working with youth from across Franklin County. In 2004 Crystal moved on to work for emergency services at the St Albans Police Department, while furthering her education. During her tenure with the city Crystal continued to serve as a volunteer board member for Caring Communities; when the opportunity arose for Crystal to return to Caring Communities in 2015 as the Youth & Family Outreach Coordinator she eagerly made the move to return to the work that she had begun so many years before. Crystal has continued to further her education in the last five years, graduating from Marlborough College’s certificate in non-profit management program and working towards a Masters Degree in Public Health. Crystal currently holds the title of Executive Director for Franklin County Caring Communities, as well as the Regional Prevention Partnerships Coordinator and Franklin County Teen Institute Coordinator. On her time away from Caring Communities you can often find Crystal caring for her community as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Missisquoi Valley Rescue, or assisting with the Abenaki Food Pantry Program. Crystal is a proud member of the Abenaki Nation serving as the president of the Maquam Bay of Missisquoi. She also serves on the Swanton Enhancement Steering Committee. Crystal lives in Franklin with her partner, Billy and their three children Mattie, Owen, and Liam.

Marianne Hunkin

Mentoring Coordinator, hunkinm@gmail.com

Marianne’s work has always centered the wellbeing of young people. After graduating from Fordham University in 2009, she started her career fighting for the rights of immigrant and court-involved youth as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at an educational advocacy nonprofit in New York City. She moved to St. Albans, Vermont in 2011 and became a licensed social studies educator. She had the privilege of working with young people at Enosburg Falls High School where she implemented a student-centered, social justice curriculum that asked students to engage with authentic, complex questions dealing with issues of justice and freedom. In 2019, she joined the Franklin County Caring Communities team as the Program Coordinator for Watershed Mentoring. As someone whose life has been enriched by mentoring, both as a mentor and a mentee, she knows the value of positive and caring relationships. In this position, Marianne works to ensure that young people are connected to adults who care about them and make them feel like they matter.

Alyssa Henry

Media Coordinator, alyssahenry.ywam@gmail.com

Alyssa fell in love with prevention work and creating healthy communities in college. She graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and Health Management & Policy in 2017, and soon thereafter started working in Franklin County as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She spent 2017-2019 with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, working with Municipalities on implementing health promoting language and prevention tactics into their municipal plans and practices. She is passionate to see communities thrive in the safest, healthiest way, preventing morbidity and mortality, especially in vulnerable people groups. Alyssa now lives in Hawai’i working with low income communities, foster families, and parents working to get their children back. However, her heart will always be in Franklin County and still continues to serve Franklin County Caring Communities part time as the Media Coordinator. She enjoys using social media and online platforms to use creative ways to engage youth and the greater community in staying healthy and safe.

Caring Communities Board of Directors

Officers

President: Marilyn Grunewald, Ed.D.,

Retired Educator; Board Member, Northwest Access TV

Vice President: Belinda Bessette

Assistant Director, Children, Youth, and Family Services, NCSS

Treasurer: Amy Anderson

Direct Services, Community Inclusion Advocate, NCSS

Tim Comings

SBIRT Program, NMC

At-Large Members

 

Jeff Benay, Ed. D.,

Director, Franklin County Indian Education

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