Planned Parenthood gets $15K health care grant
ADDISON COUNTY — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) recently received a threeyear, $15,000 grant from the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation to provide high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care to women, men, and teens in Addison County.
The funding will support access to family planning and preventive health services for low-income patients at Planned Parenthood’s health center in Middlebury. The health center, which moved to its new location at 1330 Exchange St. in October 2017, serves more than 800 patients each year.
Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of PPNNE, said that the Walter Cerf Fund’s support is particularly critical now, as the organization faces threats to its federal family planning funding.
“At Planned Parenthood, we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality and compassionate sexual and reproductive health care — no matter what,” Gallagher said. “We are so grateful to the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation for their generous multiyear grant in support of this vital work, especially during this challenging time.”
The Walter Cerf Community Fund was established at the Vermont Community Foundation in 2001 in honor of Walter Cerf, a German-born academic and philanthropist.
PPNNE serves over 43,000 patients annually throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The services and education that patients receive at PPNNE’s health centers empower them to protect their health and prevent unintended pregnancy — making it easier to break the cycle of poverty, raise thriving families, and contribute to a stronger community.