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Vermont Parks Forever Helps 100 Foster Families Visit State Parks

June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017

Waterbury, VT – For the second year in a row, Vermont Parks Forever — the nonprofit foundation that supports expanding access to and enhancing Vermont State Parks— raised $3,000 to purchase state park passes for 100 Vermont foster families.

“We are so grateful that Vermont Parks Forever has chosen to donate park passes to our foster families again this year,” said DCF Family Services Deputy Commissioner Karen Shea. “Exploring the natural world in our state parks enhances the healing process for youth who have experienced significant stress and trauma.  It is also a great way to support our amazing foster families and allow them to spend quality time together and just have fun!”

“At season’s end last year, families shared their stories and appreciation with us,” said Vermont Parks Forever Executive Director Sarah Alberghini Winters. “One foster grandmother told us how the pass allowed her to bring her daughter and grandson together on several occasions, in a beautiful, stress-free environment — mother and son are now back together and doing well.  It’s a wonderful outcome.”

The gift of 100 park passes was made possible through generous donations from:

  • Cashdan/Stein Great Grandmother Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation
  • Charles P. Ferro Foundation
  • The Alchemist
  • Vermont Parks Forever Board and Staff Members

Click here to make a donation to this program or mail your gift to PO Box 815, Montpelier, VT 05601.

To learn how you become a foster parent and other ways to help children in foster care, go to http://imreadytohelp.vermont.gov.

The Vermont Department for Children and Families delivers a wide array of programs and services to Vermonters in areas such as child care, child development, child protection, child support, disability determination, and economic benefits that help meet basic needs. To learn more about DCF, go to http://dcf.vermont.gov.

Vermont Parks Forever, the foundation for Vermont State Parks, was established in 2013 to enhance state parks through charitable support.  By expanding access to parks and creating innovative educational opportunities, we work to inspire the next generation of environmentalists in Vermont State Parks. To learn more about Vermont Parks Forever and make a donation to help more foster families visit state parks, go to http://www.vermontparksforever.org/ or call 802-917-1719.

2017 Business Partners: Supporting VPF And Getting Employees Into Our Parks

October 16, 2017

Over 20 Vermont businesses supported VPF through our new Business Partnership Program that launched this summer. We are proud their employees are enjoying our beautiful state parks using one of the programs benefits – park passes!

Take a look at who is helping make our parks even better and learn how your business can join in the fun!

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Vermont Parks Forever Helps 100 Foster Families Visit State Parks

June 27, 2017

For the second year in a row, Vermont Parks Forever has raised $3,000 to purchase state park passes for 100 Vermont foster families. The passes allow families with children and youth in foster care to experience all that Vermont State Parks have to offer and have fun spending time together in nature!

Thank you Lisa Cashdan and Peter Stein, Charles P. Ferro Foundation, The Alchemist, and Vermont Parks Forever board and staff members for making this gift of park passes possible again in 2017.

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The Stone Hut is Back!

November 1, 2016

We are very grateful to report that the Stone Hut has been rebuilt in time for the 2016/17 season!  Thank you to all of our donors, Vermont State Parks staff, and the amazing craftspeople who rebuilt this beautiful hut to be just like it used to be. View pictures from the ribbon cutting!

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