2017-12-06 / Front Page

Friends For Change receives grant from the Vermont Community Foundation

Friends For Change has received a grant to support the development of a trauma-informed, democratically-run youth group. - Courtesy Photo
Friends For Change has received a grant to support the development of a trauma-informed, democratically-run youth group. - Courtesy Photo BELLOWS FALLS — Friends For Change (FFC) recently received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further Friends For Change mission to nurture and support personal and social wellness by funding a program assistant to support a trauma-informed, democratically operated youth leadership group that teaches restorative justice and practices community service.

“Receiving this grant is a great first step for us as an organization. The youth leaders and I are so grateful to the Vermont Community Foundation for sharing in our mission. This gift will support a small and inspiring group of young people who have the power and desire to make a lasting difference in our community,” said FFC’s Hailee Galandak-Cochran.

The grant will support the youth leaders of the Friends for Change Youth Club with an adult leader to help to build capacity of the group. The new staff member will assist with recruiting volunteers, facilitating programing, strengthening partnerships with other organizations, and organizing outreach events. This project will build capacity in the most meaningful way possible by providing an empowering and educational opportunity to youth who are all too often ostracized and rarely have their voices heard, according to a press release.

Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference.

FFC is a start-up grassroots organization for and by the most vulnerable youth in our community. Our mission is to nurture and support personal and social wellness. The group offers a democratically operated, trauma-informed, and play based youth club where children learn how to build a better community. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/friends4change.

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.

Visit www.vermontcf.org or call (802) 388-3355 for more information.

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