January 27, 2016
During the season of giving, the Vermont Center for Independent Living was thrilled to receive a generous donation from Community National Bank. Heather Bradley, Vice President and Commercial Lender at the bank’s Morrisville office, presented a check last month to VCIL’s Executive Director Sarah Launderville and AgrAbility Coordinator/Peer Advocate Counselor Tom Younkman.
Launderville said, “We were so excited to hear about the donation, and we appreciate Community National Bank’s commitment to its customers and to all members of Lamoille County. Many thanks to Heather for her service to the community and her commitment to people with disabilities.”
The funds will be used to support VCIL’s peer advocacy counseling program, which works with people with disabilities one-on-one and in groups to find solutions and improve options for independent living. Independent living goals may include moving out of a nursing home, managing attendant care, budgeting finances, acquiring adaptive equipment or finding a job.
Community National Bank’s donation is a perfect example of their motto, “In these communities to serve,” and dovetails nicely with VCIL’s commitment to empowering people with disabilities in the community.
The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. Like other independent living centers across the country, VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. For more information, visit www.vcil.org.