Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Laraway Receives Green Mountain Fund Grant

     According to the National Institute of Outdoor Leadership, "the goal of therapeutic recreation is to create adaptations so that people with disabilities have access to activities that they wouldn't otherwise have---and to reap the social, mental, emotional and physical benefits of those activities along the way."
     Laraway is very grateful to the Green Mountain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation for a grant to enhance recreational offerings for children and youth in our programs.  Funds received will underwrite the cost of activities including a ropes course, theater activities, and crafting supplies to allow our clients to tell their personal narrative in creative ways. 
     "We so genuinely appreciate the generosity of the Green Mountain Fund," said Katherine Stamper, Laraway Development Director.  "These funds translate into activities that age fun, engaging and therapeutic."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Laraway Selected for Leadership Lamoille Project

     Laraway submitted a successful proposal to the Lamoille Area Chamber of Commerce and was subsequently selected as a project site for the 2014 Leadership Lamoille Class.  The leadership program is for business professionals who are emerging leaders within their organizations.  The intensive, ten-month program introduces participants to major facets of the greater Lamoille Region and the state of Vermont.  They also work on a service project for a designated non-profit.
     Laraway's submission--"Start Here, Go Anywhere"--is designed to answer fundamental questions regarding how an employer can attract, retain, and develop employees, interns and volunteers.  As one of Lamoille County's largest employers, Laraway is committed to recruiting and retaining quality personnel. 
     "I look forward to working with Leadership Lamoille representatives on this project," said Development Director Katherine Stamper.  "We've experienced significant growth in staffing to meet a burgeoning demand for services.  We are grateful to Leadership Lamoille for sharing their expertise!"

Rotary Club of Stowe donates to Laraway

The president of the Rotary Club of Stowe visited Laraway Youth & Family Services to present a  generous donation check of $500. The club is comprised of community leaders who partner for the purpose of service to the Lamoille County Region.  Chartered in 1935, the Rotary Club of Stowe has a distinguished record of community support and philanthropy.
“We are honored to maintain our supportive relationship with Laraway,” says George Lewis, President of the Rotary Club of Stowe. Laraway provides critical services for so many families in Lamoille County and beyond.”
            “This donation will support Laraway’s internal youth grant program, allowing kids in our care to experience a recreational opportunity that might not otherwise be available to them,” says Greg Stefanski, Laraway’s Executive Director.
Laraway responds to the needs of at-risk kids and their families by offering innovative, strength-based services through alternative education, therapeutic foster care, and public school based support programs.