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The Fournier Group and a 2021 'Make More Happen' award sponsored by Safeco and Liberty Mutual will help the Center care for its vulnerable population during emergencies.

Portland's Edwards Center recieved a $10,000 donation courtesy of the Fournier Group and the 2021 'Make More Happen' Awards.

Portland's Edwards Center has been awarded a $10,000 donation from the Fournier Group.

The Edwards Center is a local organization promoting independence in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities in Washington and Clackamas counties. Over the past eight months, the organization has evacuated its residents and set up safety centers during major weather and fire emergencies. The $10,000 donation will provide an evacuation and warming site for 300 developmentally disabled people at the Edwards Center and allow them to purchase a generator, cots and mattresses and safely care for its vulnerable population during emergencies.

  Dirk Fournier, founder and CEO of Fournier Group, an independent insurance agency headquartered in Portland, made an instant connection with the Edwards Center following one of their functions. He originally received a $5000 donation from Liberty Mutual® and Safeco Insurance® and their 2021 Make More Happen™ Awards for Edwards Center. The Fournier Group was given the chance to raise an additional $5,000 by sharing the story on social media on the official Make More Happen microsite, AgentGiving.com/Fournier-Group at least 500 times. The goal was met, increasing the total donation to $10,000 for Edwards Center.

"Our favorite thing about volunteering for Edwards Center is getting to know and personally help the Center's residents and staff, who are some of the most inspiring individuals we've ever met," said Fournier. "We are forever grateful to receive this Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco to provide Edwards Center with much needed funds to continue their impactful work."

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