The following is an excerpt from an article by Beck Pine that appeared in Windham Mountain Magazine that depicts the type of programs the Windham Foundation Funds. (Click here to view the article)
by Becky Pine, Windham Mountain.com
Phyllis Parrish, a member of The Windham Foundation’s all volunteer board, says a leading goal of the 501 (c) non-profit organization is to “help Windham develop and grow in a logical way that doesn’t disturb the natural beauty or local community”. Founded in 2004, The Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Windham. “We look for the gaps where we’re able to contribute in a positive way to make an impact on everyone — locals and visitors”, says Parrish.
The effects of The Foundation in the community are significant yet understated. Last June, four graduates received $30,000 in scholarships as they walked across the Windham-Ashland-Jewett stage on their way to universities or trade and technological training programs. All summer, kids stay engaged with the Sugar Maples Art and Summer Reading Programs, while the soundtrack in town is provided by free jazz, classical, and taiko drum performances.
At the local VFW 1545 Post, community gatherings are enhanced by a brand-new kitchen. Diagnostic equipment at the local medical practice means families don’t have to travel off the mountain for many services. State-of-the-art emergency response equipment means help can get to them quickly when it’s needed. Photographs and artifacts are properly preserved with new equipment at the Mountaintop Historical society, which also hosts bimonthly hikes guided by geologists, historians or other knowledgeable locals.
The Foundation spent nearly one million dollars in Windham, Hensonville, and Maplecrest after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, helping people rebuild homes and lives on the mountaintop, and restoring thousands of native trees that were wiped out in the storm.
On weekends and holidays during the busy winter season, locals and visitors can now easily navigate from lodging properties and restaurants around town to the mountain and back with the Village Shuttle. The Foundation also contributes to Windham Mountain’s Ski Patrol and the Adaptive Sports Foundation…
The preservation and enrichment of Windham are greatly enhanced by The Windham Foundation. Their steady and purposeful work will continue to keep the equilibrium in balance as Windham continues to grow.