CRAFTSBURY – Craftsbury Community Care Center received a $2,000 gift in January from Mike Gauthier of Calderwood Insurance in Hardwick and Co-operative Insurance Companies.
The gift, awarded as part of Co-op’s Community Grants program, will be used to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit for the Care Center, making it the only 24-hour accessible AED in the Craftsbury area.
“The Care Center does great work for elders in our community,” said Gauthier, “both for its residents and as a preparation hub for the local Meals on Wheels program. We’re proud to support their efforts.”
“We are so grateful for this award,” said Kim Roberge, executive director of the Care Center. “Our staff are trained on AEDs already; having one in-house will provide immediate response opportunities until rescue can arrive.”
Co-op’s Grants Program was established in 2004 to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this program, Co-op partners with its agents and directors to provide funds for capital campaigns and operational support throughout the two states.
“Groups like Craftsbury Community Care Center are meeting needs in the same communities that Co-op serves,” said Dale Groves, Co-op’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We think it’s important to do our part as neighbors to help them out, and this grant program is one more way we can do that.”
Craftsbury Community Care Center was one of 11 to receive a Community Grant from Co-operative Insurance Companies this year.
The Care Center, which opened in 1995, is a Level III residential care home committed to providing a caring, safe, and affordable residence for elders of all economic abilities in a setting that encourages independence, activities, and involvement in the community.