Sen. Bernie Sanders has made it a mission to support Vermont senior citizen centers as invaluable resources to their communities. "These centers, and the thousands of volunteers who work with them, do an extraordinary job in bringing seniors together - making sure they get good nutrition, health care and social activities. In these very difficult economic times, I’m proud to be working with them,” Sanders said .
At a press conference Monday in his Burlington office, Sanders announced $487,000 in federal funding he secured for equipment and renovations at 34 senior centers across Vermont. “This money will go for a myriad of purposes, depending on the needs of the center. It will, among other things, purchase new kitchen equipment, repair roofs, buy a new dishwasher, install a new furnace, repair an elevator, make centers more energy efficient and improve services for the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals programs."
The Department of Housing and Urban Development grants of up to $18,675 per center will be administered by the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Federal funds were secured for seniors programs in St. Albans, Burke, Lyndonville, Lunenburg, Barton, Orleans, North Troy, Middlebury, Hancock, St. Albans, Burlington, Milton, Bennington, Rutland, Poultney, Castleton, Wallingford, White River Junction, Rochester, Springfield, Windsor, Morrisville, Chelsea, Orange, Randolph, South Royalton, Barre, Waitsfield, Montpelier, Northfield, Marshfield, and Waterbury.
To see which seniors programs were granted these funds and how they plan to use them, click here.
To listen to the press conference, click here.