Vermont Agency Foundation donates $15,000 in grants

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Vermont Agency Foundation donates $15,000 in grants

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency Foundation has donated $1,500 per week for 10 weeks through their Dramatic Impact and Enduring Legacy Grants. Amid stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, The Vermont Agency Foundation observed individuals and businesses stepping up and living The Foundation’s mission to Dramatically Impact the Lives of Others.

To honor these community members and spread stories of people doing good in their communities, The Foundation launched their Dramatic Impact and Enduring Legacy Grants. Grants submissions came from agents and advisors of The Vermont Agency and affiliated businesses, and recipients were selected by a committee of foundation advisory members. Over the course of 10 weeks, The Foundation awarded 30 grants of $500 each for a total of $15,000. Grants were given out in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

Melissa Cushing, Director of The Foundation, shared, “The selection committee was moved each week as we read the inspiring stories of teachers putting in extra hours to learn a new way of connecting with their students, staff members using their personal 3D printers to make face shields for those in need, community stores learning new guidelines to safely provide essential services to their community, and so many more.”

 Congratulations to all The Vermont Agency Foundation grant recipients and a special thank you to those agents and advisors who submitted their stories:

  • Andra Welch, Submitted by Gwen Jefferson
  • Anne Stires, Submitted by Ross Steelman
  • Arthur Corlew, Submitted by Nicholas Taylor SR
  • Becky Filion, Submitted by Christopher Huchro
  • Bill Wager, Submitted by Mike Castillo
  • Brett LaRose, Submitted by Rodrique Cousino
  • Caroline Earle, Submitted by Edmond Rousse
  • Claire Giroux-Williams, Submitted by Jan Knutsen
  • Cynthia Metcalf, Submitted by Jan Knutsen
  • Dexter Hill, Submitted by Ron Maggio
  • Dustin Jones, Submitted by Megan Hand
  • Dwayne Whitaker, Submitted by Timothy Colson
  • Frontline Foods Vermont, Submitted by Matthew Walker
  • Gary Randall, Submitted by Nicholas Taylor SR
  • Jeremy Murray and Dave's Ice Cream Social, Submitted by Patrick Griffin
  • Jesse Benjamin, Submitted by Cliff Ambrose
  • Jon Irwin, Submitted by Daniel Streeter
  • Julie Geary, Submitted by Cliff Ambrose
  • Kenneth Fritjofson, Submitted by Larry Hawley
  • Kevin Pounds and ANEW Place, Submitted by Corey Hevrin
  • Mary Ellen Whitney and STRIDE Adaptive Sports, Submitted by Charles & Donald Reutemann
  • Meghan Prevost, Submitted by Christopher Davey
  • Michael E. McRae, Submitted by Gregory Kausch
  • Mike Gaiss, Submitted by Megan Hand
  • Milton Family Community Center, Submitted by Client Centered Financial
  • Nicole McGowan, Submitted by Timothy Colson
  • Odalis and Peter Gonzalez, Submitted by Katrina Ealy and Ketler Bosse
  • Tom Murphy, Jay Cummings and Feed802, Submitted by John Holzscheiter
  • Valerie Buck, Submitted by Shon McLain
  • Vaneasa Stearns of Lincoln General Store, Submitted by C. Tyler Wood

Randall Raner, Owner and General Agent of The Vermont Agency and President of The Vermont Agency Foundation, also shared, “Times like these are when we need to come together as a community and give what we can. Whether it be monetary donations, our time, or personal support to those in our circle of influence.” He continued, “We are proud to support the strong relationships our financial professionals have with their clients and community members, and equally honored to be able to recognize the recipients of these grants for dramatically impact the lives of others.”

More details, including photographs and submission quotes, can be found on The Vermont Agency Foundation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thevermontagencyfoundation

About the Vermont Agency Foundation
Since 2005, The Vermont Agency Foundation has been committed to working with the community in support of their mission, “To Dramatically Impact the Lives of Children.” Since its inception, with the help of countless volunteers and generous donors, more than $750,000 has been donated to local charities by the foundation.

Source: Colchester, VT – Vermont Agency Foundation 7.9.2020