Supports work facilitating equitable post-secondary education for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities
Vermont Business Magazine Global Campuses Foundation (GCF) recently received a $5,000 Economic Justice Program grant from the Ben & Jerry's Foundation in support of its work facilitating equitable post-secondary education for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Thanks to this generous donation, GCF participants will continue to teach classes, learn from peers, decide how their campuses operate and deliver learning content, and collaborate with and provide service to community partners and neighbors.
GCF's bedrock belief that ALL people are 100% whole inspires an alternate perspective – that each of us struggles and excels with a unique set of challenges and aptitudes. With this grant funding, participants will explore this belief through rich, in-depth discussions of membership and the power of community engagement to shift our thinking.
"Global Campuses Foundation deeply appreciates the Ben & Jerry's Foundation's recognition of our mission-driven work through this award. We continue our determination as a cutting-edge entity to be, in the words of our founders, Sheryl and James Tewksbury, 'a transformative influence upon the quality of life of adults with differing abilities.' This grant is significant in these challenging times. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can struggle to participate in their communities, develop meaningful relationships, and make their voices heard. GCF places a high value on the benefit of meaningful belonging. Through the creative use of video technology, social media, and collaboration with our neighbors and agency and community partners, GCF's academic team and participants continue to create connections, deepen their relationships, and share their knowledge." Steve Tavella, GCF Executive Director
A commitment to community building is an essential component of the GCF model. All campuses use their community venues as meeting places for teaching and community service projects. Not only do the participants engage and lead in building their campus community of peers, but they also reach out to their respective communities to teach and learn in local venues, to invite guest presenters and team teachers, and to provide community service. This collaborative work of GCF strengthens rural communities by improving the quality of life for their vulnerable neighbors and promoting greater diversity and equity in community life.
For more information about the Ben & Jerry's Foundation and their funding programs, please visit: www.benandjerrysfoundation.org
About the Global Campuses Foundation
The Global Campuses Foundation (GCF) mission is to facilitate collaborative life-long learning for adults of all abilities. Now entering its 20th year, with 11 campuses throughout Vermont and one in western New Hampshire, GCF is the pioneer organization in Vermont and western New Hampshire providing post-secondary opportunities for 200 adults, ages 17 – 70+, most of whom experience developmental and intellectual disabilities. Many have been actively involved for 15 to 17 years. For more information, please visit www.globalcampuses.org or call 802-272-1396.
Source: Global Campuses Foundation. Williston, VT 12.4.2020