Your Thanks: Windham County NAACP Freedom Fund

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Editor of the Reformer,

The Windham County NAACP would like to extend its sincere gratitude to our community, far and wide, who attended our first Freedom Fund Dinner. We were humbled by the fact that through such strong support in the county, we were able to fill Brattleboro's American Legion Post to maximum capacity! It was a night that brought us even closer together, a night that has further refined our vision for our future in this county. As one of the counties in Vermont that is most quickly changing in demographics, it is heartening to know the community recognizes the importance of establishing an NAACP branch here.

As our county grows more diverse and the numbers of supporters of the Windham NAACP grows, our involvement will become more widespread and effective throughout the area. Our long term goal is to continue our growth while also hosting fundraisers, educational workshops, presentations, and providing one-on-one guidance with individuals.

Like with all big events, there are also minor hiccups. During our Freedom Fund dinner, everyone was provided programs which listed our sponsors; Curtiss Reed Jr. and the Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity were erroneously left off the list of sponsors. We're rectifying that now and would like to extend our appreciation for their staunch support of our branch. He has said that he now feels comfortable passing the torch on to the next generation of young People of Color who advocate for equality and fairness. We are honored to be a part of that generation.

Again, we are thankful to the entire community who attended this dinner, and those who were with us in spirit. For those who couldn't make it, we assure you there will be plenty more events in the near future.

Steffen Gillom, President

Rose Albert, 1st Vice President

Nader Hashim, 2nd Vice President

Windham County NAACP

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