May 17: Red Cedar School
June 6 Parent to Parent of Vermont is a statewide family support and advocacy organization founded in 1987 with the mission to nurture and support families whose children have a chronic illness or disability, and/or have been born prematurely and to encourage the implementation of family-centered policies and practices at all levels. Parent to Parent of Vermont provides predominantly health information, education and support to over 3,680 families, whose children’s ages range from birth to 42, throughout the state. These children and adults have at least one of 420 diagnoses currently listed in our database.
The services currently provided by Parent to Parent of Vermont include one-to-one matches with veteran support parents, information and referral, a health care financing specialist, a comprehensive lending library, hospital-based support, training of future healthcare providers in family-centered care, family advocacy, and birth to three early intervention services. Parent to Parent of Vermont has 27 full and part time staff, 63% of whom have a child with a special need or have a disability themselves. www.partoparvt.org
June 27 Since 1987, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has been empowering people with disabilities, by providing access and instruction to sports and recreational activities. We believe that sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self confidence in an individual. Through Vermont Adaptive, youngsters and adults alike gain a measure of self confidence and independence as they participate in our programs and activities.
Understanding that everybody learns in different ways, at different speeds, and at different levels, Vermont Adaptive’s motto is fun for everybody. Having fun in a safe and nurturing environment is what Vermont Adaptive has brought to nearly 20,000 people over the years–growing now to serving more than 2,500 people each year. We continue to grow most significantly through word of mouth, although we actively promote adaptive sports and disability awareness at conferences, lectures, trade shows, and community activities through out the year. Vermont Adaptive truly believes that sports are for Everybody.
Thanks to dedicated staff and approximately 300 volunteers who are specially trained to provide instruction and assistance, individuals who have a wide range of physical, mental and developmental disabilities are able to participate in adaptive sports and recreational programs throughout Vermont.
With year-round headquarters at Pico Mountain in Killington, hosted by the American Ski Company, winter offices at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield, and summer digs at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center in Burlington, Stoughton Pond in Springfield, Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, and Moonrise Farm in Taftsville, Vermont Adaptive provides an array of seasonal programs that encourage friends and family to recreate together.
Obviously, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports provides access and instruction for winter snow sports such as alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. We also offer warm weather sports such as sailing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, cycling, therapeutic horseback riding, and adventure weekends for our clients.
July 11 FUNDRAISING DINNER AT THE BOBCAT TO BENEFIT THE COURAGE IN BLOOM MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT
Since its creation in 1992, the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services has been providing compassionate, victim-centered services to Vermont’s victims of crime. In 1999 The Vermont Victim/Survivor of Crime Council was formed. The Council works to assure that victims and survivors are present in the minds and hearts of state and community leaders. Members of the Council testify at the Legislature on bills that impact survivors of crime, and aspire to keep victim/survivors at the heart of any program or policy.
With the help of professional partners, the Council secured a site in Montpelier for a Memorial Garden dedicated to victim/survivors. The Courage in Bloom Memorial Garden project is a site located near the State House in Montpelier that will be a welcoming to all who visit, while raising awareness of the impact of crime in our state. This Garden will have a central stone sculpture with ornamental shrubs and perennial plantings. Along the walkway will be seating for visitors to enjoy the Garden and/or have a location for reflection.
On July 11, the Bobcat Cafe will hold a fundraising dinner, and raffle, to raise money for this Garden project.