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Curtis Insurance Agency and Co-operative Insurance award community grant to Vermont Adaptive

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On  Feb. 6, Curtis Insurance Agency and Co-operative Insurance Companies presented a $1,250 grant to Vermont Adaptive from for the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge campaign.
Pictured from left to right: Janina Curtis of Curtis Insurance, Suzanne Orvis of Co-Operative Insurance Companies, Mac Janney of Vermont Adaptive, and Jon Curtis of Curtis Insurance.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports received a $1,250 gift from Curtis Insurance Agency and Co-operative Insurance Companies on Feb. 6. The gift, awarded as part of Co-op's Community Grants program, will be used for the new Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain, the new permanent home of Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation.

"We think Vermont Adaptive provides tremendous opportunities to people with disabilities," said Janina Curtis of the Curtis Insurance Agency. "We're proud to support their efforts. We were excited to learn that we could leverage our donation by applying for a community grant from Co-operative on behalf of the organization."

"The community has played an important part of making this state-of-the-art facility a reality," said Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive. "We're thankful to Curtis Insurance and the Co-operative Insurance Companies' generous donation."
Bringing opportunity and accessibility to all, the 6,000 square-foot building will be a year-round hub of activity for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the Pico Ski Education Foundation. Committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round organization in the state to offer daily adaptive programs to people with disabilities. Celebrating its 26th year, the organization has more than 400 highly training active volunteers and six full-time staff members, serving more than 2,000 adults and children annually.

The fundraising campaign still has approximately $300,000 more to raise for the new facility, which is expected to open in late summer 2013.

Co-operative Insurance Companies' Community Grants Program was established in 2004 to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this program, Co-op partners with its local agents and directors to provide funds for capital campaigns throughout the two states.

"Groups like Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport are meeting needs in the same communities that Co-op serves," said Brad Fortier, Co-op's director of marketing. "We think it's important to do our part as neighbors to help them out, and this grant program is one more way we can do that." 

Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vt., with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Vermont Adaptive is one of a number of projects slated to receive a Community Grant from Co-operative Insurance Companies in 2013.

For more information visit www.vermontadaptive.org.