Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications recently donated $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont. The donation was made to recognize the volunteer efforts of FairPoint employee Beth Fastiggi of Burlington. Beth began volunteering as a Reading Mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont in 2003 and currently serves as its Board President.During her six years as a reading mentor, Beth has worked with several children. This year, she has been spending Wednesday morning breakfast with her friend, Teko at J.J. Flynn School in Burlington. As a board member since 2003, Beth has also been closely involved with the growth and success of the organization.Everybody Wins! Vermont is a not-for-profit children s literacy and mentoring organization dedicated to increasing children s prospects for success in school and beyond through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. EW! VT s Power Lunch program pairs adult volunteer reading mentors with students at local elementary schools. Pairs meet weekly during lunch or breakfast time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. These experiences expose children to topics and discussions they might not otherwise have, enhance children s self esteem and expand their possibilities for academic and life success. They also enable adult volunteers to connect with local schools and to experience the rewards of enriching young lives. EW! VT is the only organization in the state that combines the two essential elements of mentoring and literacy.The FairPoint Volunteer Incentive Program recognizes employees’ contribution of time and talent to nonprofit organizations where they live and work. Under the program, FairPoint employees who volunteer at least 50 hours during the year can request that FairPoint reward the organization with $750. FairPoint Communications has also supported the mission of Everybody Wins! Vermont by matching employee gifts, donating office space in Montpelier and through the sponsorship of the Everybody Wins! Vermont second annual Book Bash in the Fall of 2008.About Everybody Wins! VermontBy creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools. As the largest mentoring program in the state, 580 EW! VT volunteer mentors spent more than 10,000 hours of reading time with elementary school students at 19 schools in the 2009-2010 school year. To learn more, visit www.ewvt.org(link is external).