For Outstanding Contributions to Child Well-Being in Vermont
The award is in honor of Sally Fox, who worked as an attorney and director of the Vermont Disabilities Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid before being elected in 1986 to the Vermont House of Representatives from the town of Essex. Sally loved the Vermont Legislature and serving the people of Vermont and she was a tenacious fighter for children's rights and other progressive causes. Among other initiatives she spearheaded on behalf of Vermont children, Sally led the effort to get the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund on the Vermont State Income Tax Return as a way to collect private donations for children’s prevention programs.
When Sally died in 2014, Vermont lost a powerful and effective advocate for children. In her memory, VCTF will present the Sally Fox Award annually to one Vermont non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization that provides direct services of exceptional merit serving children ages birth to 18. The winner of the award will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the well-being of children in Vermont, either through direct service, increasing public awareness, strengthening policies or creating new initiatives that promote prevention programs. Winners are selected from the Vermont Children's Trust Fund applicants and are notified in late May.
2017 - Winooski Family Center
2016 - Mary Johnson Children's Center
2015 - The Howard Center, Community Mentoring
2014 - Vermont Works for Women, ‘Janes of All Trades’