North Country Federal Credit Union,Vermont Business Magazine ANEW Place has announced that the 22nd Annual Helping Hands Gift Wrap Fundraiser, sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union at the University Mall, was a rousing success. The Helping Hands Gift Wrap Booth was open every day from December 4th through December 24th during mall hours with wonderful volunteers ready to wrap Christmas presents for the community. More than 150 volunteers joined together for this Christmas tradition to work shifts at the booth and many volunteers generously worked multiple shifts. This fundraiser raised $12,500, all to benefit ANEW Place! This was a spirited community-wide effort that raised funds allowing for new beginnings for the homeless men and women in Vermont.ANEW Place would like to thank Vickie DeGraaf and her family for voluntarily and diligently heading up this event as well as North Country Federal Credit Union whose sponsorship made the event possible and the University Mall for providing the booth space. ANEW Place would also like to thank all of the various media outlets who aired stories on the event and shared about the community collaboration. Lastly, ANEW Place would like to thank all of the faithful and generous volunteers on which this event hinged and the members of the Burlington community and beyond who gave generously as their gifts were being beautifully wrapped.ANEW Place, formerly Burlington Emergency Shelter, creates long-term solutions for homeless adults to start ANEW. The goal of their programming is to foster lifelong change, so that each person can make a successful, sustainable transition toward wellness and independence. They aim to see lives changed and to see an end to the cycle of homelessness in which so many adults find themselves trapped. Funded entirely by community donations, proceeds from events like this one are invaluable to ANEW Place!
A fund for families of people with head injuries has been kick-started by a £20,000 grant from a litigation law firm. The long-established Stewarts Law Foundation, a charity fund founded by the firm’s partners, donated the money to the Headway Emergency Fund earlier this month. The scheme aims to help survivors, carers and family members cope with the practical implications when a loved one suffers a sudden head injury. It has already been put into action, with Headway providing money for the family of one victim to stay overnight near the facility where their relative was being treated. John Cahill, managing partner of Stewart’s Law, said: ‘The foundation recognises the immediate impact that brain injury can have on a family’s finances and the fund aims to alleviate some of that financial hardship at the point of need.’ Applicants can seek up to £500 for hotel and travel costs for an emergency situation associated with a head injury. Andrew Green, chairman of Headway, whose son Chris was nine years old when he sustained a brain injury in a cycling accident, explained how vital the new service can be. ‘We had to dash to the hospital when Chris had his accident and didn’t have time to pack a bag or make any arrangements. ‘We had no money, clothes or personal items with us. ‘I’m quite sure this type of fund would have helped immensely and allowed us to concentrate fully on supporting our son.’