• Home Share gets donation
     | December 14,2012

    BARRE — A nonprofit organization that facilitates and monitors home-sharing arrangements in central Vermont was on the receiving end of a $1,000 contribution from a local bank this week.

    On Thursday, Peoples United Bank announced the charitable donation to Home Share Now — a Barre-based organization that got its start as Home Share of Central Vermont in 2003. It changed its name but not its mission in 2010, and is heading into its 10th year of pairing homeowners interested in sharing their homes with folks willing to live under someone else’s roof and pitch in if need be.

    The program initially focused on finding housemates for the elderly and infirm, but has expanded over the years, according to Executive Director Christina Goodwin.

    “Local demand continues to morph as a broader diversity of people are choosing home sharing,” Goodwin said, suggesting the bank’s donation would be put to good use.

    Michael Sever, president of People’s United Bank, said the financial institution was happy to help what it viewed as a worthy program.

    “(Home Share Now) is a great example of how we can share resources, look for ways to partner and assist those who might need a little extra help,” he said.

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