We're on a Social Mission

Free Press Media is not only located in the Northern Vermont community, it is an integral part of it. That is why we believe our role involves more than growing businesses and keeping the community informed - it involves continuously working to make this community a healthier, happier and safer place for those who reside and visit here. Free Press Media truly values the partnerships that we have with nonprofit organizations in our community, and we work hard to help them in their efforts.

Free Press Media facilitated the second annual "Helmet Day" at the Lake Monsters Game on Sunday, July 12, 2015 -- We fitted and gave out over 600 helmets to kids living in Chittenden County. 

Al Getler with the St. Michael's Men's Basketball team - Red Nose Day 2015

President and Publisher of Free Press Media, Al Getler, poses with some of the boys of the St. Michael's Basketball team at the 2015 Red Nose Day Variety Show to benefit our local United Way and Boys & Girls Club chapters.

Every year, Free Press Media, provides thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to assist nonprofit organizations through three main channels:

Gannett Foundation: A philanthropic foundation sponsored by Gannett. The Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities in Vermont and other Gannett influenced communities. In 2012, the Gannett Foundation made grants and matched employee donations to nonprofits for a total of $6.9 million.

Make A Difference Day: Millions of people and many businesses come together on the fourth Saturday in October to participate in Make A Difference Day. It is the largest national day of helping others and is sponsored by Gannett’s USA WEEKEND and its carrier newspapers, including the Burlington Free Press. Each year, Free Press Media employees and their family members volunteer on a common initiative to help our neighbors in need.

United Way of Chittenden County: A nonprofit organization that focuses on three essential needs of any community: Education, Income and Health. With those values in mind they support solution focused nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of our community for today and for the future.


Free Press Media was honored with the LIVE UNITED Award by the United Way of Chittenden County. The Free Press team includes Julia Austin of Westford, second from left, Tammy Shannon Johnson of Milton, Al Getler of Winooski, Mike Donoghue of South Burlington, Catherine Jennings of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Also in the picture are United Way officials Reed Curry, left, Martha Maksym, right, and John Cronin, front.

Some of the nonprofit organizations that we continue to support are:

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