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 promoting 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.

Michele Bessette

Youth Outreach & Family Engagement CoordinatorMichele.fcccp@gmail.com

Michele joined Franklin County Caring Communities as an intern from Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) and upon graduation of the Master’s in Counseling Program she joined the Caring Communities Staff in facilitating opportunities for youth engagement. Michele also facilitates parenting workshops with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, and Nurturing Families. Michele is also an active participant in the Vermont Youth Project: Richford pilot program. In her time away from Caring Communities Michele can often be found mentoring for our Watershed Mentoring Program, spending time with her husband Larry, her children Joslynn, Logan, and Bailey or her adorable grandchildren Brayden and Mila. Michele and her family make their home in Richford.

Kyra Weatherwax, Intern 

While Kyra is new to her internship role at Caring Communities she is certainly not new to the role of youth advocacy! Kyra a recent graduate of Enosburg High School began working with the Franklin County Teen Institute program in her freshman year of high school. She has been a passionate voice for social change and youth voice in Franklin County and Vermont as a whole. As a student representative of Caring Communities Kyra has travelled to Washington, DC to meet with policy makers on Capitol Hill in discussing substance use prevention measures! Kyra brings a fresh perspective to substance misuse prevention. Kyra is the co-advisor of the Richford High School Teen Institute Program. She currently attends Community College of Vermont and next year will transfer to Western Carolina University majoring in Social Work with a specialization in substance abuse,   minoring in Political Science.  Kyra calls Enosburg home.

Caring Communities Board of Directors

Marilyn Grunewald, President

Marilyn has served on the Caring Communities board for well over 10 years in a variety of roles.  Her dedication to youth has been a lifelong commitment, as a retired educator and superintendent of schools. Marilyn has also served on a number of boards including Women’s United, Northwest Access Public Television and The St Albans Museum.

Elisabeth Nance, Vice President

Elisabeth joined the Caring Communities board just over a year ago, however her interest in creating healthy sustainable communities has been decades in the making. Elisabeth serves as the Economic Development Coordinator and the Select board Secretary/Administrative Assistant for the town of Swanton. Elisabeth also a veteran of the United States Navy,  makes her home in Swanton. 

Tim Comings, Secretary

Tim has been a member of the Caring Communities board for 3 years, bringing with him an extensive background of substance use prevention as a clinician of the SBIRT Program at Northwestern Medical Center… You might even see Tim out and about sharing his gift of music in Franklin County! Tim lives in Sheldon with his wife Sara, and is a proud Grandpa!

Jody White, Treasurer

Jody also joined the Caring Communities board just over a year ago however is a very familiar face in Franklin County through his work with Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice. Jody serves as a volunteer for many Franklin County organizations to include Turning Point of Franklin County, Martha’s Kitchen, and the Samaritan House just to name a few. He is passionate about creating a welcoming, inclusive community for all. Jody and his lovely wife Melinda call St Albans home.

Linda Keating, Member at Large 

Linda joined the Caring Communities board three years ago to support the voice and agency of Franklin County Youth; bringing with her forward thinking ideas and strong networking skills among the education community. Linda has over 40 years of service in Vermont education and board service.  Linda currently serves as the Director of Curriculum for the Franklin West Supervisory Union. Fun Fact—Linda was Crystal’s 6th grade teacher!

Jeannette Warn, Member at Large

Jeannette joined the Caring Communities board one year ago after retiring from a career as a payroll professional at some of the largest institutions in the state of Vermont including UVMMC and the University of Vermont. Jeannette has served on the Board of the Franklin County United Way, is a past President of Franklin County Business and Professional Women, been a member of Saint Albans For the Future, served as a Trustee for the Haston Library, and is a Camp Ta Kum Ta volunteer. She has years of experience bringing people together and working towards a common cause.

Jeff Russell, Member at Large

Jeff first became interested in the Caring Communities board after serving as a volunteer mentor for our Watershed Mentoring program, formally joining the board last year. Jeff brings with him skills of team management, grant management, team training and government accounting along with a number of years volunteering mentor programs in Vermont and Ohio, refereeing for soccer, and playing on a Sunday league. Jeff is currently the senior loan officer at Yankee Farm Credit.

Blog & Announcements

Alcohol Use Among Older Adults

Alcohol Use Among Older Adults

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