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Opinion: ACCT thanks supporters for generous donations

On behalf of the board and staff of the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT), I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many generous community members who helped us celebrate ACCT’s 25th anniversary by contributing over the past year. Thanks to this amazing community support we reached our $25,000 fundraising goal.
I would also like to extend special thanks to Cheryl Mitchell and Ken Perine for co-chairing our end-of-year annual appeal. Ken and Cheryl’s dedication to ACCT’s mission not only enabled us to reach our goal, but was personally inspiring to staff and board members as we embarked on this first-time effort.
In 1990, a group of like-minded community members founded ACCT in order to address the challenge of homelessness and affordable housing in our area. Twenty-five years later, ACCT serves over 600 of our neighbors by providing affordable apartments, mobile home parks, and single-family homes. Among the successes the community helped us achieve in 2015 are 22 new and preserved apartments at Peter Coe Village in Middlebury; funding commitments to break ground on 14 new net-zero modular homes in Waltham; and expansion of our “Support and Services at Home” (SASH) program to over 100 area seniors.
With the continued support of private and public partners, we face the task addressing Addison County’s affordable housing needs for the next 25 years with confidence and conviction.
From all of us at ACCT, thank you.
Elise Shanbacker
Vergennes

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