FRANKLIN COUNTY – The Fairfield Community Center will be better able to purchase important staples, such as flour, sugar, spices and more, for weekly home-cooked community meals thanks to a recent grant from Vermont Electric Cooperative’s Community Fund.
Other recent grants to local nonprofits will support services for seniors, the purchase of a pop-up tent for outdoor recreation, and aid for veterans.
Almost two years ago, in March 2020, the Fairfield Community Center had to discontinue its weekly sit-down meals due to the pandemic. Meals had been served by volunteers to around 30 guests a week – mostly elderly people, but when the pandemic hit the center switched to take-out meals and serving up to 65 community members.
The recently awarded $1,000 grant will support the purchase of staple foods needed to reinvigorate weekly community sit-and-gather meals.
“Social isolation has had a major impact on physical and mental health,” said Julie Wolcott, a volunteer at the center. “Collective meals are a crucial strategy to prevent social isolation of elderly residents,” she said, noting that more than half of the centre’s collective meals recipients live alone. “We are grateful for this support from the VEC Community Fund. »
Another recent grant recipient, the Franklin Homestead and Carriage House, provides safe, affordable and convenient housing for people aged 55 and over. This $500 grant will support services such as meals, cleaning and laundry.
“This award helps us continue to provide safe, affordable and convenient homes for seniors in our community – right here in Franklin, where they can be close to supportive families and friends,” said Stacy Silloway, Director of Franklin. Homestead and Carriage House.
Other recent support from the Community Fund included $500 for Johnson Recreation in Johnson for a retractable awning with wheels to use for outdoor recreational activities, and $1,000 for the Vermont Veterans Summit to help fund its annual event. scheduled for June 3 at Northern Vermont University- Lyndon.
The Vermont Electric Cooperative’s Community Fund is a voluntary program supported by VEC members who choose to supplement their electric bills, donate their patronage capital, or make one-time donations to the fund separately from their utility bill. electricity.
The fund then makes grants to local organizations that support economic security, emergency/disaster relief, community support/development, and food security.
Applications for the fund are made on a rolling basis and grants are awarded quarterly. To learn more about supporting the fund or how local nonprofits can apply for funds, go to www.vermontelectric/community-fund.