MONTPELIER — National Life Group in Montpelier recently partnered with Bruce and Hobbes, a radio host and his dog, to end bullying in schools while also working to improve the lives of animals. Since 2009, Bruce Zeman and his dachshund, Hobbes, have used a podcast and personal appearance in schools to campaign against both bullying and animal abuse. Through an exclusive sponsorship by National Life, Zeman can now expand his program outside Vermont. Bruce and Hobbes have raised more than $50,000 for the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center in Middlebury and helped more than 1,000 animals find homes.
Vermont Family Network was recently awarded the $25,000 S. Whitney Landon Award by the Turrell Fund in recognition of the nonprofit organization’s work with families with very young children who have special needs. The Turrell Fund’s mission is to foster high quality, developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest and their families. The S. Whitney Landon Award specifically focuses on services provided from birth through third grade. Find out more about the network at www.vermontfamilynetwork.org.
BURLINGTON — The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, recently awarded $12,000 to the Vermont Community Loan Fund to support the fund’s business loan program. The foundation has donated more than $65,000 to the loan fund in seven years. The fund’s business loan program provides access to capital for small and emerging businesses that cannot obtain sufficient credit from traditional lenders to continue their growth. The fund targets loan capital to businesses that benefit lower-income residents, are women-owned, downtown-located or are agriculturally-related.
BARRE — Hannaford Supermarkets delivered nearly 390 cases of food to the Vermont Foodbank on June 8 as a result of the annual Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger program, an annual holiday charitable campaign. During the 2015 holiday season, the program invited customers to donate money at the register, buy boxes of food staples for local pantries and purchase specific products that triggered donations by Hannaford to state and regional food banks. Today’s donation will include 109 cases of peanut butter, 100 cases of spaghetti, 59 cases of mini ravioli and 119 cases of oatmeal. Additional information about the program can be found at www.hannaford.com.
The nonprofit group Vermont Family Network recently partnered with restaurants around the state to raise money to support the organization’s mission. During the two-week period from Feb. 1 to 14, 13 restaurants raised $1,923 to support the statewide nonprofit organization. During the fundraiser, a portion of sales for specials identified by each participating restaurant were donated directly to Vermont Family Network to help empower and support families of children with special needs throughout the state. The following restaurants participated in the event: Leunig’s Bistro & Café, the Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub, Gringo Jack’s – Manchester, Zachary’s Pizza, Trader Duke’s, the Scuffer Steak & Ale House, Grazers, Belle’s Café, Mexicali Grill & Cantina, Simply Divine, Archie’s Grill, Queen City Brewery and the Cornerstone Bar and Grill.
Berkshire Bank Foundation recently awarded $22,252 in grants and pledges to 13 nonprofit organizations in Southern Vermont during the first quarter. Some of the recipients included Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry, the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board, Community Capital of Vermont and the Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland. Visit www.berkshirebank.com/community for more details about the foundation.
MONTPELIER — Union Mutual, a central Vermont-based insurance provider, will present the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games from June 3 to 5 at the University of Vermont, extending its lead sponsorship through the 2018 Games. Athletes will compete in swimming, track and field, bocce and softball. Summer Games is Special Olympics Vermont’s largest competition event of the year, featuring nearly 500 athletes representing every Vermont county. Opening Ceremonies will also feature guest speaker Andy Newell, a Vermont native sponsored by Union Mutual and a three-time Olympic Nordic skier. For more details, visit www.specialolympicsvermont.org or www.unionmutual.com.
The Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Grants Committee this week awarded $170,000 to nine community-based breast health programs, supporting vital breast health services for medically underserved and uninsured patients in Vermont and New Hampshire. In addition to the local grants, the affiliate also donated $55,000 to the Komen National Research Grants Program. The 2016 grantees are: 19th Women’s Health and Cancer Conference, Vermont Cancer Center, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington; Breast Health Outreach Education Project, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland; Cancer Patient Support Program Emergency Fund, Cancer Patient Support Foundation, Burlington; Affordable Breast Cancer Screening at UVM-CVMC, Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin; New Hampshire/Emergency Fund, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Lebanon, N.H.; Breast Cancer Outreach Project, North Country Hospital, Newport; SVMC Breast Health Outreach Program, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Bennington; Mammogram Support Fund, Trustees of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; and the Breast Care Access Program, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans.
The Berkshire Bank Foundation plans to donate $38,000 to Habitat for Humanity affiliates as part of its “Hockey4Housing” partnership with NESN’s coverage of the Boston Bruins. As part of the initiative, the foundation — which is the philanthropic arm of Berkshire Bank — agreed to donate $200 for each successful Boston Bruins penalty kill during games between Nov. 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016. A penalty kill is the moment during a hockey game when one team, with fewer players on the ice due to a penalty, prevents the opposing team from scoring. At the conclusion of the season, the total funds collected were $38,000, which will be distributed evenly among 12 New England Habitat affiliates within Berkshire Bank’s footprint.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Mutual Insurance Group recently donated $15,000 to Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity. The grant is part of the Charitable Giving Fund that was established by Vermont Mutual in 2014. This fund provides financial support to organizations that help to build, maintain and enrich healthy lives and strong, vibrant communities. Its primary focus is to help nonprofit organizations that serve Vermont Mutual communities.