People’s United Community Foundation donates $37,000 to Works for Women, Spectrum, Mentor, COTS, Mercy, Intervale

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People’s United Community Foundation donates $37,000 to Works for Women, Spectrum, Mentor, COTS, Mercy, Intervale

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $5,000 to Vermont Works for Women in Winooski. This brings the total grant amount from People’s United Community Foundation to $41,000 since 2010. Peoples also announced donations to Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, Mentor Connector, COTS, Mercy Connections, and the Intervale Center.

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential, and explore, pursue and excel in work that leads to economic independence. The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support VWW’s Step In to Work program (formerly called Transitional Jobs) in Chittenden County, which helps adult women with employment barriers, those transitioning from public assistance, and those released from incarceration to find stable, permanent employment. The hands-on, work-readiness program is designed to provide professional soft-skills training, paid work experiences, portfolio preparation, job coaching, connections to potential employers, and post-program support – all customized to each woman’s unique needs and accessible to participants on a rolling admissions basis.

“Our deepest thanks to the People’s United Community Foundation, an essential partner in ensuring that the most vulnerable women in our community receive the skill-building and practical work experiences they need to find and maintain meaningful employment,” said Maisie Howard, director of development and communications, Vermont Works for Women.  “We are tremendously grateful to People’s United for its ongoing investment in our work, which ultimately strengthens the Vermont economy.”

“Vermont Works for Women provides a critical service to women who face significant barriers to employment,” said Michael Seaver, Officer, People’s United Community Foundation and Vermont Division President, People's United Bank. “The Step In to Work program is helping to bring real change to the lives of so many women and their children in Vermont, and we are pleased to support their work.”

SPECTRUM YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $8,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington. This brings the total grant amount from People’s United Community Foundation to $84,000 since 2010.

Spectrum provides support services to address the immediate, critical needs of at-risk, homeless, and foster youth. Programs include a daytime Drop-In Center, emergency shelter, transitional housing, case management, and other services that focus on education and job training to ensure youth stay off the streets permanently. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the Youth One-Stop program, which provides 1,500 homeless and at-risk youth in Chittenden and Franklin counties, ages 14 to 22, with basic needs, housing, mentoring, and connections to community resources.

We are extremely grateful to the People’s United Community Foundation for their support,” said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. “We have seen a significant increase in the number of youth coming to us for shelter and other assistance since the start of the recession.  In order to meet this demand, we depend on organizations like People’s United.”

“Spectrum provides an invaluable service for youth in our community,” said Michael Seaver.

“We are pleased to be a part of Spectrum’s efforts to provide a promising future for Vermont’s homeless youth.”

MENTOR CONNECTOR

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $4,000 to The Mentor Connector in Rutland, Vermont.

The Mentor Connector is a formal mentoring program that pairs youth in the Rutland area with adult mentors of the same community.  Mentors and mentees are matched according to their similar interests, and the mentor becomes a trusted adult friend with a long-term commitment to provide guidance and support.

The funding brings the total grant amount awarded by People’s United Community Foundation to the organization to $31,000 since 2009.

“Peoples United Community Foundation makes the ongoing support to mentors and their mentees possible. We are so grateful for their continued assistance that helps local youth learn critical skills involved with everyday life, things we refer to as ‘soft skills’,” said Christopher Hultquist, Executive Director, The Mentor Connector.  “Mentors provide one-on-one attention and guidance in the specific areas of need and mentees also get assistance with career exploration and college opportunities."

“We are pleased to continue to assist The Mentor Connector in their efforts to bring in additional mentors for their Dropout Prevention program,” said Michael Seaver. “We have been longtime supporters of mentor programs throughout Vermont as it is critical in these times that our future citizens are prepared to succeed.”

COMMITTEE ON TEMPORARY SHELTER

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $10,000 to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) of Burlington.

Focusing on long-term solutions to end homelessness, COTS offers prevention assistance, support services, and transitional and permanent housing for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. As the largest homeless service provider in Vermont, COTS also operates both of Chittenden County’s only family shelters.

The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support the organization’s Housing Resource Center (HRC), which assists those at risk of losing their existing homes due to unforeseen circumstances. The center also helps residents who are without permanent shelter to move more rapidly into stable housing.

The funding brings the total grant amount awarded by People’s United Community Foundation to COTS to $76,000 since 2010.

“COTS is incredibly grateful to People’s United Community Foundation for its generous support of our Housing Resource Center,” said Rita Markley, COTS Executive Director.  “We have helped many Vermont families who would have otherwise become homeless without the prevention and outreach services funded by the foundation.”

“We are pleased to partner with COTS in its efforts to reduce homelessness,” said Michael Seaver. “Just one unforeseen event, such as a job loss, can cause foreclosure or the inability to pay for food or heat.  By supporting COTS, we hope to provide stability for low-income individuals and families in Vermont.”

MERCY CONNECTIONS

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $5,000 to Mercy Connections for their Mercy Marketplace program.

Mercy Connections has offered education, mentoring, entrepreneurship and community engagement programs since its founding in 2001. Through organizational partnerships, volunteerism and strategies, Mercy Connections contributes to improved literacy and education among adults; the acquisition of business skills  and the development of small businesses; reduced recidivism for women, enabling them to return to community and lead healthy, meaningful lives; and increased self-sufficiency for individuals who gain the confidence, skills and tools to move forward. 

Mercy Marketplace is a project of Mercy Connections’ Education & Transition and Women’s Small Business Programs.  Through a series of workshops led by the Women’s Small Business Program Director, participants are able to gain new skills in marketing and business basics. Participants then sell their own handcrafted goods at a public sales event where they practice their new-found skills, gain confidence and earn money from their efforts.

“Mercy Connections empowers women to make significant life changes,” said Michael Seaver. “The service they provide through Mercy Marketplace assists women and men in building entrepreneurial and basic business skills.”

INTERVALE CENTER

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has once again awarded $5,000 to the Intervale Center.

The Intervale Center is one of Vermont’s leading farm and food organizations.  Its Burlington campus is home to commercial farms, community gardens, a New American community greenhouse, and many other innovative programs, enterprises and trails.  Through the Center’s agricultural development and environmental conservation programs, they support over 100 farms across Vermont each year and plant trees and shrubs in all of the state’s watersheds, strengthening the economic, social, and environmental health of Vermont.

“The Intervale Center is one of our hidden treasures in Vermont,” said Michael Seaver, Officer, People’s United Community Foundation and President of People's United Bank in Vermont.  “More and more Vermonters are enjoying the increased access to farm fresh foods that the Center provides.”

The award brings the total giving by the People’s United Community Foundation to the organization to over $37,500 since 2010.

“This donation from People’s United Community Foundation will help us provide excellent business planning services to Vermont’s beginning farmers, strengthen Vermont’s rural agricultural economy and increase access to locally grown food in communities across Vermont,” said Intervale Center Executive Director, Travis Marcotte.

About People’s United Community Foundation:

People’s United Community Foundation helps support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People's United Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified, community-focused financial services company headquartered in the Northeast with more than $48 billion in assets. Founded in 1842, People’s United Bank offers commercial and retail banking through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as wealth management and insurance solutions. The company also provides specialized commercial services to customers nationwide.

Source: BURLINGTON, VT – People’s United Community Foundation 6.12.2019