Edna Fairbanks-Williams


Edna was the “Heart and Soul” of VLIAC for many years…we all miss her tremendously…and we move along as her spirit guides us.

Edna Fairbanks-Williams was a native Vermonter who dedicated her life to helping the poor and disenfranchised through advocacy at the local, state and federal level. Her understanding and dedication to vulnerable Vermonters grew out of her own personal experience.

As president of the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council for close to 40 years, Edna gave a voice to the poor, the elderly, those living with disabilities, and low-income working families in the policy making arena of State government.


A short commemorative video about Edna by Tom Garrett


Links of Interest:

Rutland Herald - Poverty doesn't stop this Vermonter from giving by Kevin O'Connor 11/27/05

VPR - A Remembrance of Edna Fairbanks-Williams By Ross Sneyd 05/14/10

GMD - Edna Fairbanks Williams by Jack McCullough 5/15/10


Thanks to Vermont Assistance Inc., the Vermont Community Action Directors Association and the United Church of Christ Department of Mission for their support of VLIAC Advocacy. Special thanks to the UCC "Neighbors in Need" grant for web-site development.