The Merchants Bank Foundation announced today that Voices Against Violence/CVOEO, has been awarded an $8,000.00 grant to help support the services offered by All About Kids (AAK), a program of Voices. Voices Against Violence serves victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. All About Kids Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Center provides safe visitation and monitored exchange services to children and their non-offending parents in which domestic or sexual violence or child abuse are present. AAK allows non-residential parents the opportunity to maintain or re-establish relationships with their children in a safe, neutral, nurturing and child focused setting.
“We are so pleased to be able to recognize Voices Against Violence/All About Kids for their essential work focused on supporting children in our community. I enjoyed learning more about the important role Voices and All About Kids fills in our community and understand how important business and service partnerships are,” stated Barry Fauteux, Community Banking Manager and Foundation Trustee.
Currently a part time program, the funds will be used to expand the hours of the AAK Visit Monitor so more families can be served. The funds will also be used to purchase toys, games and activity essentials that can be used by families during visits. “We are very fortunate to have been awarded this grant. Barry reached out to us and together we talked about a shared vision for this funding that was overwhelmingly accepted by the Foundation. We consider Merchants Bank a true community partner!” states Kris Lukens, Director of Voices Against Violence.
Merchants Bank believes in caring and sharing with the people and communities they serve. They show their support by donating to non-profit organizations, sponsoring community events and volunteering in local communities. Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is Vermont’s largest and sole remaining statewide independent bank. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, and 32 branches statewide. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”) and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide, and have earned several “Best Places to Work in Vermont” awards. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers. www.mbvt.com
The Merchants Bank Foundation, established by Merchants Bank as a non-profit, donates money to charities that serve the communities of Vermont.
AAK Coordinator Kelly Ahrens and assistant Pecan 🙂 accept the check from Barry Fauteux and Kelly Kimball, Merchants Bank Foundation Trustees.
Anyone interested in the services offered by All About Kids should contact Kelly at 370-2851. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday. If you are a victim in need of services, please contact Voices at 524-6575.