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September 1, 2011 Newsletter Archive


What Irene Has Wrought

by Daphne Moritz

We hope if you are reading our newsletter that you are safe, and have power and access to the outside world. Unfortunately, not all of our family, friends and neighbors fared so well. I feel particularly lucky that my own home was unscathed by the storm. However, a rental house owned by my family took a major beating with five feet of flood water. Fortunately, we were able to move the family out to another property we have on higher ground.

Since Monday we have helped clean up that property as well as the other homes in that particular area. It is no easy going and we were so fortunate to have the many hands of community members from our town and neighboring communities, including Vermont Law students, and my daughter's soccer team helping in droves.

I cannot say that moving hundreds of buckets filled with water and mud in a bucket brigade with all those people fits the adage "many hands make light work," because it was certainly no light task. However, it was inspiring to see people getting so into their work.

What seemed days ago an impossibly overwhelming task has become just a little easier to bear - at least for us. Ours, remember, is a rental unit. For those others who have experienced such devastation of their primary residence my heart sinks. So many memories ruined by the muddy waters. Worse still, some of our neighbors had their whole homes uprooted and flung downstream. They are utterly homeless with just the clothes on their backs. There is not even one photograph to try to salvage. Still others may be in their homes but literally on islands in Vermont, cut off from the outside world because of road and bridge destruction.

There will be the need for continued concern, support and volunteer assistance in the form of food, water, clothing, housing, financial support and muscle for weeks and even months to come. We hope that you are able to help in any small or large way that you can. Every ounce of help has an positive impact.

If you are in a position to do so there are many ways to help those in dire need:
 

FEMA set up a facebook page for Vermont where you can check out what is going on and how you can assist.

Specific towns have also set up facebook pages such as
Revive Royalton

Woodstock VT Flood Response

Seven Days' Blog had much information about what you can do to help.

Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.

You can donate to the United Way's Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the "Vermont Disaster Relief Fund".

You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in. (Note:  While all donations are appreciated, financial donations offer the Red Cross the greatest flexibility for response in this crisis.  Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org or by calling 800-660-9130.  For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159.)

The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.
Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.

The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.

Independent Vermont Clothing is selling a special "I'm With VT" t-shirt. All profits from sales of the shirt will go to relief efforts.

Across the lake, upstate New York got hit hard by Irene, too. Donations are being coordinated on the Irene Flood Drive Facebook page.

Burr and Burton Academy has started a fund to help relief efforts in the Manchester area.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note "Hurricane Relief" in the Comments section.

The Intervale Center has started a fund to help the farmers at Burlington's Intervale who lost their crops to flooding. To make a contribution, donate to the Intervale and designate your donation to the "Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund." Or mail a check payable to Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.

VOLUNTEERING

VTResponse.com is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.

Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.

Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.

The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.

Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.

The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
Upper Valley Haven is operating with considerably fewer volunteers due to road closings. They're looking for volunteers who are able to travel there.

MORE RESOURCES

If you need assistance or information from the state, dial 211 or visit vt211.org.

The Help Vermont Facebook group is another place to share recovery information.

Sublet.com will provide free access for people who are displaced from their homes. Call their customer service line at 1-877-367-7368 for more information.

For child care providers who have been affected by Irene, check out the Resources for Relief (Child Care Providers of VT) page on Face


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