Lamoille Community House, other local efforts get boost from VEC Community Fund

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JOHNSON — A dozen non-profit organizations were awarded grants from VEC’s member-supported Community Fund.

The Community Fund support literacy, public safety, and addiction treatment. It supports economic security, energy education, emergency and disaster relief, and community development.

This quarter the fund supported these organizations:

Albany Energy Committee for the Albany Energy Fair

Cambridge Area Rotary to help market an event to support access to skiing and snowboarding for local students.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support the 8th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk

Lamoille Community House to promote an event to reduce homelessness

The Children’s Literacy Foundation to help hire a professional storyteller to get kids excited about reading and writing as well as the development of a library of children’s books

NEK Learning to help pay for the lighting system for an early childhood center

Hyberbaric Vermont to support the Patient Care Fund to help provide treatment to those who cannot afford it.

Newport Ambulance to help with the costs of a roof for outbuildings that house oxygen equipment and ambulances.

Catamount Film and Arts to support performances at the Dibden Theater for the Performing Arts at Northern Vermont University-Johnson

Teen Challenge Vermont to assist with a residential drug and alcohol recovery center.

Town of Alburgh Chew Choo to boost an effort to have vendors and craft makers set up to boost the local economy.

Northern Vermont University to help support the 2020 Veteran’s Summit.

“This round of grants underscores the great diversity of need in the community, and I’m really happy that our members are willing to support their neighbors this way,” said Charlie Van Winkle, VEC board member and chair of the Community Fund committee.

Applications for the Community Fund are on a rolling basis, and grants are issued quarterly.