Sample Email

Here is a sample email to send out to your friends and family to ask for their support Going the Distance for Kids. Feel free to use this sample and simply insert your information, or to change it to make it more personal to you:

Dear Friends,

This summer I am hiking a portion of the Vermont Long Trail to participate in Going the Distance for Kids. Going the Distance for Kids is a fundraiser being put on by Voices for Vermont’s Children to raise money to support their research based advocacy work on behalf of Vermont children and families in poverty.

Voices for Vermont’s Children is a multi-issue, independent, non-profit that promotes public policy to enhance the lives of children and youth in Vermont. Over its 30 years it has pushed a variety of legislation, but the commitment to representing low-income families in Vermont has remained the same. You can learn more about Voices for Vermont’s Children by visiting its website:

I hope that you will support me in my effort to raise (insert goal) for this vital organization by hiking (insert number of miles) on the Vermont Long Trail. You can donate to my fundraiser by following this link (insert link to Razoo page) or by sending me a check addressed to Voices for Vermont’s Children. All donations are tax deductible. With your help, we can ensure that Vermont children continue to have advocates in the Statehouse.

Thank you for your help.

(Your name)

Important Facts
School meals

In the 2013-2014 school year, 40.7% of students received meals categorized as free or reduced-price. Click on the graph for additional [more]

Poverty undermines [more]

Early Prenatal Care

Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnant women in Vermont receiving early prenatal care ranged between 80 and 85 percent. This was short [more]


While the total population of Vermont has grown to an estimated 626,630, our child population has fallen since the 2000 Census count [more]

70% of Vermont’s housing stock was built prior to the 1978 ban on lead paint.  Lead paint and dust from lead [more]

Teen Births

Teen mothers often have fewer resources than older parents to provide for a healthy baby and for themselves.  Babies born [more]

7.5% of Vermont’s children received Reach Up (TANF) benefits in 2011; a 27% increase from 2007. [more]

98% of Vermont’s children have health insurance. [more]

Babies with low birthweight – under 5.5 pounds – are at risk for respiratory conditions, cognitive and developmental delays, and other long-term health [more]