VSECU awards grant to spectrum youth and family services

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VSECU awards grant to spectrum youth and family services

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 2:15pm -- emma@vermontbiz.com

Vermont Business Magazine - $5,000 grant will support Basic Needs and a Stable Home programs. VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody in Vermont, today announced that it has awarded Spectrum Youth & Family Services (“Spectrum”) with a $5,000 grant for its Basic Needs and Stable Home initiatives, which help homeless and at-risk youth. This gift will ensure that young people have access to critical support, including meals, material needs, shelter, housing, and improved connections to community support services. 

In addition to the grant, VSECU’s Vice President of Accounting Kasey Furness and Burlington Branch Manager Abbi Kiley participated in the Spectrum Sleep Out for the second year in a row, to show solidarity with youth who are or are likely to become homeless. Together, the VSECU Sleep Out team raised more than $2,000.

Left to Right: VSECU Burlington Branch Manager Abbi Kiley, Spectrum Executive Director Mark Redmond, VSECU Vice President of Accounting Kasey Furness connect during the Spectrum Sleep Out to support youth who are, or who are likely to become, homeless.

“I support Spectrum because of my own past personal experiences. I share the same values as Spectrum, and I believe no youth or teenager should have nowhere to go, or go without support they need to get them in a better place. We also share the same feeling, ‘there is good in everyone,’” said Furness. 

“At VSECU, we strive to put our resources and capital to work in our local communities—particularly in the areas of shelter, food, heat and financial education,” said Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU. "We are very proud to support Spectrum and the impact that they have had on improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Spectrum is exactly the kind of organization we want to partner with and support.” 

Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services affirmed, “We are so grateful to VSECU for its support of our youth and its investment in vital Vermont communities. This gift will ensure that youth get the support they need from our Drop-In Center and residential programs, including food and a place to live. Thank you, VSECU. You are changing lives, and making sure our doors are open for the next youth who needs help.”

For more about VSECU’s VGives Program visit: www.vsecu.com/vgives

About Spectrum

Founded in 1970, Spectrum is a nationally recognized leader in helping youth ages 12-26 and their families turn their lives around. Each year, Spectrum serves 2,000 teenagers, young adults, and their family members. The Spectrum mission is to empower teenagers, young adults, and their families to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.


VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives and works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com.