NEWPORT — The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $5,000 to Umbrella of St. Johnsbury.
The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will go to support Cornucopia, a transitional job-training program in the culinary and hospitality fields.
Cornucopia is a dual-purpose social enterprise that addresses both hunger and unemployment, offering a weekly community meal to 50 older adults in Newport, in addition to 670 meals per week to 120 individuals in Orleans County.
“Cornucopia could not succeed without the support of community partners and we are thrilled that the foundation recognizes how essential the program is in helping local women gain the skills necessary to secure stable employment as they move towards economic independence,” said Renee Swain, Executive Director of Umbrella.
Umbrella offers safety, support and options for self-determination to women and families throughout Caledonia, Orleans and Essex Counties. Services provided by four primary programs include domestic and sexual violence crisis and prevention, child-care resource and referrals, a family center, and vocational training.
“Job training programs and other support services are critical in helping individuals transition to self-sufficiency,” said Michael Seaver, Officer, People’s United Community Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Vermont.
“Umbrella does an incredible job of breaking down the barriers for low-income women and providing the necessary skills to be successful.”