United Way of Northwest Vermont Awards Grants to 5 Franklin County Organizations | Local News

FRANKLIN COUNTY – United Way of Northwest Vermont, an organization dedicated to improving lives in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, has awarded $180,000 in subgrants to local organizations and programs to support their efforts aimed at reducing substance abuse among Vermont youth and young adults.

United Way of Northwest Vermont has sub-awarded Prevention Center of Excellence funding to the following Franklin County organizations, programs, and initiatives.

  • Abenaki Circle of Courage, Inc.: Abenaki Circle of Courage teaches Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in schools in Highgate, Swanton, St. Albans, and Alburgh about Abenaki culture, including dance, flute, crafts, jewelry, drumming, song, and food. This grant funded a week-long summer camp for deeper learning and engagement.
  • Franklin County Caring Communities: The group’s Teen Institute is a youth empowerment program implemented at all five Franklin County high schools and in conjunction with the Milton Community Youth Coalition.
  • LEAPS Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union: FNESU’s LEAPS Summer Program at Enosburg Falls Middle and High School provides a safe place for young people during summer vacation. This grant will support staffing to enable more children to access this program.
  • Richford Health Center NOTCH Summer Day Camps: The grant will be used to support special events at these free summer day camps in Richford and Swanton, including taiko drumming, songwriter workshops, theater and archery.
  • Franklin County Turning Point: TPFC is a community center for people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, addiction and addictive behaviors located in St. Albans with outreach offices in Richford and Enosburg. This grant helped establish an outreach office in Alburgh to provide the first peer-to-peer recovery support service in Grand Isle County.
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