Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has made donations to two Vermont non-profit organizations to help them deliver their adult education programs remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) and Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) each received $1,500 donations to provide distance learning technology for low-income, adult education students to continue with their educational programs, which include GED and high school diploma.
“Basic education and skills training are vital to the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are proud to support the work of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education and Vermont Adult Learning and in awe of their ability to adapt their services quickly so that their students can continue learning with very little interruption.”
CVABE is a community-based, private non-profit organization that has been providing adult education and literacy services to low-income adults and teens throughout Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties for more than 50 years. The Bank’s donation will support the organization’s “Access to Education Fund” that allows them to purchase the technology necessary for students to continue their studies during this time of distance learning. Learn more about the organization by visiting www.cvabe.org.
“Distance learning, due to COVID-19, has created a unique set of hurdles for our adult students, especially those without the necessary technology,” said Carol Shults-Perkins, Executive Director of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education. “Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s generosity will ensure that we can provide our students with the tools that they need to continue their studies, and create a better tomorrow. We are honored to call BHB&T a partner in learning.”
VAL is a private nonprofit organization and a member of Learning Works, Vermont’s Adult Education and Literacy System. VAL provides basic skills instruction, high school completion, transition to college and career services, and English language instruction for New Americans. The Bank’s donation will be used to purchase technology that will allow students to continue their education virtually. Learn more about the organization by visiting www.vtadultlearning.org.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.