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Purple-bordered hexagon-shaped sticker with green Vermont shape having a yellow caduceus symbol in its center and gray mountain at its bottom all centered on a blue background for the Medical Debt project.

Med Debt VT

Medical debt is an issue impacting Vermonters in many ways such as obtaining quality healthcare, accessing medications, and stress and anxiety over hospital bills. To raise awareness about Medical Debt in Vermont, Vermont Legal Aid conceived the idea of a web application to collect real stories and share them online.

Red, green, white, and gray hexagon-shaped sticker for Green Up! app project.

Green Up App

Though people turn out in the thousands across the state for Green Up Day every year, Green Up Vermont (the non-profit organization behind the event) believes many more would participate and access related information more easily with a mobile app.

Green, white, and black hexagon-shaped sticker for CourtBot (VT) project.

CourtBot (VT)

CourtBot is a text message notification system intended to allow anyone to receive automatic court date attendance reminders, for the express purpose of keeping people with court dates from missing them and suffering terrible consequences when they do.

Gold, yellow, and brown hexagon-shaped sticker for ExpungeVT project.


Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) holds expungement clinics because old records are unnecessarily punishing for Vermonters – emotionally & economically. This project is aimed at generating printable, pre-populated forms in order to help VLA serve more Vermonters faster.

Purple-bordered hexagon-shaped sticker with people on different sized boxes of numbers for Equity Counts project.

Equity Counts

Starting as a singular Open Data Day event, the primary goal of this project is to ensure that new Americans in Vermont are appropriately represented in Vermont’s open data.