2007 VERMONT AGENCY OF HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY’S COMMUNITY AWARD


Human Service Award

Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, Inc. (C.I.D.E.R.) was selected by the Vermont Agency of Human Services to receive its Secretary’s Community Award. This was presented to Robin Way, C.I.D.E.R.’s Executive Director, and the staff of C.I.D.E.R. in Waterbury, VT. It was presented in recognition of excellence in transforming human services to improve the lives of Vermonters.


In the AHS bulletin distributed at the presentation event, it was written that:

CIDER’s mission is to develop resources that enable the people of Grand Isle County to live in the community with dignity. CIDER accomplishes this by providing direct services and collaborating with other individuals and groups. CIDER feels a special responsibility to elders and persons with disabilities. Some of the services CIDER provides are: transportation, community meal sites, meals on wheels, excersise programs, and loans of special equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers. The services offered by CIDER were developed to meet the needs of the community, filling some of the gaps in services that are barriers to well-being. CIDER has developed from a grass-roots effort, proving that Vermonters have the strength within their communities to help each other.