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The Vermont Country Store and the Vermont Community Foundation create fund to benefit employees

first_imgVermont Country Store,The Vermont Country Store is partnering with The Vermont Community Foundation to create an innovative model program that will assist VCS employees experiencing disasters and other hardships. The program, called the Good Neighbor Fund, is the first of its kind in Vermont, and enhances The Vermont Country Store’s longstanding philanthropy program, which provides support to over 600 non-profit and community organizations annually in the 65 communities where its employees live and work.While The Vermont Country Store will provide program funding, the Vermont Community Foundation will manage the process of accepting tax-deductible contributions to the fund, confidentially review and consider VCS employee applications, and make independent grant decisions and payments. The Good Neighbor Fund is the first of what The Vermont Community Foundation expects will be similar partnerships with other Vermont companies.‘The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene last August opened our eyes to the value of creating this program,’ said Eliot Orton, co-proprietor of The Vermont Country Store. ‘We provided basic necessities like clothing and bedding to our employees after the storm, but we didn’t have a meaningful channel to help employees who needed to get back on their feet. The Good Neighbor Fund will fill that void not only when disaster strikes, but in times of personal crisis.’Soon after the storm, The Vermont Country Store contacted the Vermont Community Foundation, which has been working with donors and other partners to facilitate donations for flood relief and recovery efforts. It turned out that in response to a request from another Vermont-based company, the Foundation had already started to research developing a turnkey service for companies that wanted to offer an assistance program to their employees.‘To the best of our knowledge, this is a unique service that gives Vermont companies another way to give back to their communities and to support their employees,’ said Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘It allows a company to quickly and easily put in place a program to help employees get through some of the toughest stretches of their lives. For a company like The Vermont Country Store, which has a long history of community philanthropy, this is a wonderful complement to their existing efforts and we’re delighted to be a partner.’As a family owned business, The Vermont Country Store places a high value on trust, and fosters an atmosphere of caring for its employees that made developing the Good Neighbor Fund an easy choice. ‘We have always said that our employees are our greatest asset,’ said Bill Shouldice, President and CEO of The Vermont Country Store. ‘Through the Good Neighbor Fund, we are making an investment that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of some of our employees and their families. For us, establishing the Good Neighbor Fund was just the right thing to do.’The Vermont Country Store and the Community Foundation are looking forward to sharing their experiences and knowledge with other Vermont companies to help perpetuate this giving model throughout the state.In 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list, and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, VT.The Vermont Community Foundation was founded in 1986 and is Vermont’s largest homegrown foundation, managing a collection of over 600 charitable funds that invest more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans, and other investments. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, the Foundation worked with donors and other partners to facilitate donations for relief and recovery efforts.MANCHESTER, Vt-BUSINESS WIRElast_img read more

DD Pets: Nutrition and keeping a healthy dog – with LK Pets

first_imgDoes your dog your dog itch a lot? Shed way too much for their breed? Does your dog have flaky skin? Is your dogs stool always runny?Does your dog eat its own poop? Is your dog hyper active or even act strangely after meals? All these things can be related to what you feed your dog. More often than not cheap supermarket food and even big brand food can have strange effects on your dogs. Dog food can affect their behaviour as well as their health.by Ray Breslin, of K9 Academy in association with LK Pets, Letterkenny.Dog allergies. Dog allergies is a tough one dogs may eat the same food for months and just one day become allergic to some of the ingredients. It’s really important to research your breed and what foods they may be allergic too. This can help you generalize what it may be so you can go to a pet shop and ask for a food that may suit your dog. Although this is only generalising and although it does help most of the time any dog can be allergic to any ingredients. Excessive shedding and flaky skin.Cheap dog food is made mostly of fillers that dogs have difficulty digesting, such as corn and grains. Look instead for a dog food that lists meat as the main ingredient. Better quality foods cost a bit more upfront, but they’re better for your dog for a variety of reasons. The nutrients in meat-rich dog foods are more easily digested and absorbed, so they promote better pup health overall and help control shedding and dry skin. Keep in mind that better nutrition can help reduce shedding, but it won’t eliminate shedding completely.Runny stool. This can come down to a lack of fibre in your dogs diet. Dogs need fibre like us to help digest food correctly. Too much fibre can also cause the same runny poops so best to get advice from a qualified nutritionist. Too little fiber can also cause constipation in dogs and so it really is best to get it right.Dogs eating their own stool. There is lots of research and evidence to say some dogs will eat their own pooh as a result of missing certain enzymes in their diets to break down carbohydrates, fat and protein. This can be a result of cheap or poorly constructed dog food. A good example would be a dog food that gets more proteins from carbohydrates and plants and less from animals. It’s much cheaper for these companies to take their protein from plants rather than animals. Be sure to check the ingredients for sources of protein. Your dogs behaviour can be effected in so many ways when given a poor quality food. Too much energy your food may be too rich in protein and fats. Lack of energy could be the opposite. I dealt with a case in the past where half an hour after a 6 month old puppy would eat food, he would growl and nip at everyone completely randomly. After going through several things to try find why this was happening a change in diet was all that was required.Keep your dog healthy and add potentially years to its life by keeping them on a high quality food and regular checks of their stool, skin, weight and behaviour after eating.K9 Academy also offers Dog training, Puppy Classes and Behaviour modification. If you would like to find out more you can visit the website www.K9academy.ie . Visit the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/callK9academyCall 0864468313 or visit Unit 3 Carrygally Business Park, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalK9 Academy is run by Ray Breslin who is a Certified and Professional Dog Trainer. Ray has a wealth of experience, education and knowledge in the dog training world. He has trained with some of the top Trainers in Ireland and America.He has competed and titled with his own dogs in competition sports for Obedience, Protection, and Tracking. He has Trained and rehabilitated hundreds of dogs. His training methods are based on motivation which is the same method used to train guide dogs, police dogs and service dogs. He promises success as long as you promise commitment to training. DD Pets: Nutrition and keeping a healthy dog – with LK Pets was last modified: September 19th, 2016 by Ray BreslinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dogsdonegalK9 ACADEMYLK Petslast_img read more