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Parks Place receives TransCanada Grant

BELLOWS FALLS >> Parks Place and its Lead Safe and Healthy Homes program has been awarded $10,000.00 from TransCanada's Community Investment grant. This grant will be used to support the core mission of Park Place Community Resource Center, which is to open doors to opportunities by connecting people and resources in the Greater Falls Community. Lead Safe and Healthy Homes mission is to help children grow in healthy indoor environments where families are given the resources and the education they need to ensure they grow to their full potential.

Parks Place is home to over 35 health and human service providers, and is a network that fosters collaboration between agencies, organizations and the greater community. Over the past 20 years, Parks Place has become a vital community resource that serves more than 3,000 individuals annually.

Thanks to generous donations from individuals and businesses such as TransCanada, Parks Place and Lead Safe and Healthy Homes continues to help people make positive changes in their lives, and in the lives of their children, in turn impacting the quality of life for all in the Greater Falls area.

United Way of Windham County awards Impact Grants

BRATTLEBORO >> The United Way of Windham County is creating HOPE in Windham County in part by investing $122,211 in high-impact human service programs in the areas of Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Education in its fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1.

Community impact grants were awarded to 15 programs at nine organizations serving Windham County, Vermont. United Way's community impact model guides investment decisions by basing selection criteria on a set of goals identified through a comprehensive, data-informed community participation process. Trained volunteers review the program applications to assure that the funds raised locally are granted out to programs that align with the community's goals, have an impact, and utilize resources effectively.

"Our community impact process relies in part on data provided by our community impact grantees, who are important allies in improving the lives of all who live or work here. United Way is proud of its role as a convener, partner, and trusted source of information about how Windham County is doing. This works relies on committed volunteers that build relationships and deepen partnerships across the county," said Sue Graff, Director of Community Investments.

These community grant investments, along with other United Way resources, such as volunteer engagement, issue analysis, data collection/tracking, and convening power, are contributing to Windham County adults, children and youth achieving their potential, being financially stable and independent, and experiencing improved health and wellbeing. A complete list of funded programs, as well as other community initiatives of United Way of Windham are available on the United Way's website at

UWWC recognizes the dedication and commitment of all Windham County nonprofit organizations and the role they play in providing the building blocks of a successful life for our community. If your organization would like to explore partnership opportunities with UWWC, please contact Sue Graff, Community Investment Director, at or 802-257-4011, ext. 113.

The mission of the United Way of Windham County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. To join United Way in creating HOPE in Windham County, please contact the United Way office at 802.257.4011 or visit

Exchange students need host families

BRATTLEBORO >> PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange, is interviewing host families for two exchange students who have been accepted to attend Brattleboro Union High School this fall.

Luca, 17, is active in soccer, swimming, basketball, and tennis. He will be in the U.S. for the fall semester only. Athenais is a 16-year old girl from southern France, who likes singing, photography, cooking, martial arts, and skiing. She is an A+ student and needs a home starting in October.

Hosting a student from another country offers a great opportunity to learn first-hand about another culture and to share one's life with a student who is eager to discover life in America. Families provide a place for the student to sleep and study, meals, and a warm, supportive environment. Students have their own spending money and medical insurance. Single parents, young couples and empty-nesters are all encouraged to apply.

Since the students arrive in just a few weeks, interested families are asked to contact PAX coordinator Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or as soon as possible. More information also available at


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