Craftsbury Community Care Center awarded grant for defibrillator unit

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CRAFTSBURY — Craftsbury Community Care Center received a $2,000 gift in January from Mike Gauthier of Calderwood Insurance in Hardwick and Co-operative Insurance Companies.

The gift, awarded as part of Co-op’s Community Grants program, will be used to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit for the Care Center, making it the only 24-hour accessible AED in the Craftsbury area.

“The Care Center does great work for elders in our community.” said Gauthier. “Both for its residents and as a preparation hub for the local Meals on Wheels program. We’re proud to support their efforts.”

Co-op’s Grants Program was established in 2004 to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Through this program, Co-op partners with its agents and directors to provide funds for capital campaigns and operational support throughout the two states.

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“We are so grateful for this award,” said Kim Roberge, executive director of the Care Center. “Our staff are trained on AEDs already, having one in-house will provide immediate response opportunities until rescue can arrive.”

Craftsbury Community Care Center was one of 11 to receive a Community Grant from Co-operative Insurance Companies this year.

The Care Center, which opened in 1995, is a Level III residential care home committed to providing a caring, safe, and affordable residence for elders of all economic abilities in a setting that encourages independence, activities, and involvement in the community.

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