Thursday March 15, 2012
In keeping with Vermont’s tradition of bringing neighbors together to address community issues, Governors Howard Dean and Jim Douglas joined together on Town Meeting Day eve as Honorary Co-Chairs to kickoff Lund’s “50 Joy Drive” Capital campaign. The two Governors bridged the political aisle to embrace a shared commitment to Vermont children and families and the value of Lund’s work. They were joined at the ceremonial groundbreaking by Lund’s Capital Campaign Co-Chairs T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County State’s Attorney, and Melinda Moulton, CEO of Main Street Landing Company, Lund’s board, staff and over 100 attendees.
“Lund is noted nationwide for the exceptional work they’ve done in helping Vermont children thrive and I am pleased to be Honorary Co-Chair of their campaign,” remarked Governor Douglas. “Lund’s dedication to making sure every child has a permanent loving family and helping families be successful aligns with my core values in seeing all Vermonters reach their highest potential. Children who begin life healthy and supported by a loving family develop an eagerness to learn, are more apt to pursue higher education, secure meaningful, rewarding work and eventually become valuable contributing members of our community.”
Governor Howard Dean commented, “We are here to address some of the greatest problems facing Vermont; poverty, substance abuse, child abuse. And, we are here to support long-term solutions. The work that Lund does to prevent and address problems before they escalate is key to the long-term health and strength of our community. I joined Lund’s capital campaign because Lund’s work is very much in line with what I have worked for in Vermont and our nation. I invite you all to join me in supporting Lund and investing in long-term solutions to issues facing Vermont children and families.”
Lund’s new home at the 20,000 square foot 50 Joy Drive location in South Burlington will enable consolidation of services under one roof and reduce higher costs associated with the organization’s current leased space. The new site will provide for co-location of complementary programs, accommodate 30 to 50 children, house an alternative high school and GED program, childcare, adoption and parent child center services as well as administrative offices and provide space for a future preschool. Renovations are slated to be completed later this year.
Co-Chairs Moulton and Donovan spoke to supporters of Lund’s ambitious $3.5 million fundraising goal to be raised by Lund’s 125th anniversary in 2015. Said Donovan, “We hope to surpass that goal with strong participation and investment by our community.”
Said Executive Director Barbara Rachelson, “I am excited to offer Lund families an efficient space that is warm, safe, welcoming and designed to best support our programs and the people accessing them. We will be able to provide a comfortable, confidential space for birth and adoptive parents who are making some of the biggest decisions of their lives, expand our family education services and offer coordinated, compatible services under one roof.”