Helping Those Who Help Our Communities

Senator Bernie Sanders' week-long tour throughout Vermont on Tuesday took him to the southern part of the state. After speaking to students at Vergennes Union High School on Tuesday morning, Sanders traveled to Rutland to announce a $140,000 grant to help the Rutland Boys and Girls Club. The club will use the funding to hire a teen director and expand outreach efforts among at-risk youths in the region. The senator also announced $65,000 to help repair and upgrade facilities at the senior cent

Senator Bernie Sanders' week-long tour throughout Vermont on Tuesday took him to the southern part of the state. After speaking to students at Vergennes Union High School on Tuesday morning, Sanders traveled to Rutland to announce a $140,000 grant to help the Rutland Boys and Girls Club. The club will use the funding to hire a teen director and expand outreach efforts among at-risk youths in the region. The senator also announced $65,000 to help repair and upgrade facilities at the senior center in Castleton. The funding will help repair the wellness center, improve the walking trail, and make the center's main building more energy efficient. Sanders then headed to Bennington to announce federal funds for senior center renovations and for a summer learning program at the Molly Stark School.

Bennington Senior Center will receive $25,000 for renovations to the center's facilities. The Molly Stark Summer Program will receive $46,667 to expand the program. These funds, along with the funds for the Castleton Community Center, will be available in the fall of 2009. The funds for the Rutland Boys and Girls Club will be available in the spring of 2010.

Sanders's schedule included an evening meeting at the Bennington Free Health Clinic. Sanders wants Bennington County to have improved access to primary health care by having a federally-qualified health center. Bennington County is one of the last remaining parts of the state that does not have a community health center that participates in the FQHC program.

On Wednesday, Sanders will visit Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, and Springfield as part of his swing through every region of the state during the congressional recess period.

Last weekend, Sanders hosted public events in St. Albans and St. Johnsbury. The tour wraps up with a town meeting on Thursday in Montpelier with Professor William Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.

To read about the senator's goals for providing greater access to primary health care in southern Vermont, click here.

To learn more about the upcoming town meeting, click here.