Twin Valley Senior Center, which serves the communities of Cabot, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Plainfield, Woodbury and Calais, will soon be moving into the Blueberry Hill property on Route 2 in East Montpelier, according to Rita Copeland, the Center’s Executive Director.
“Our volunteer board of directors conducted a strategic planning exercise last year which highlighted the need for us to accommodate growth in membership and services the past few years by identifying a larger and more appropriate facility than our current one in Marshfield, located at 122 School Street at the Old School House Common,” said Copeland.
The opportunity to consider Blueberry Hill presented itself near the end of the year and the Center’s Board decided to act on it. Copeland added that this necessitated a fund drive to cover important renovations, such as the kitchen, along with some increased operating costs associated with the move and some more resources to improve annual fund raising to remain self-sustained.
“The fund drive has begun in earnest,” said Copeland. “One of our early gifts is a challenge grant of $10,000 from the Harris and Frances Block Foundation of Marshfield with the stipulation that the matching gifts must be from private donors.” She quickly points out that businesses, groups and other granting organizations will be approached as well. “This will be critically important in order to reach our goal of $75,000.”
The group plans to move into the Blueberry Hill property in March. Meanwhile those interested in supporting this campaign or learning more about it may contact the Twin Valley Senior Center at 802-426-3447 to speak with Rita.