Donate to Irene Relief
Irene Long-term Recovery Relief:
While we are still addressing short-term needs such as food, clothing, housing, cleaning, volunteer and service coordination, and repairs; we expect the long-term impact of this event to emerge over the next two years. Irene Long-term Recovery Caseworkers have been meeting with families and individuals who have been impacted by the disaster to evaluate their needs and coordinate services and resources to fill the gaps. There is a great need for funding and donations to address emerging long-term issues, and the following funds and committees have come together to serve Windham and/or Windsor County Residents:
Upper Valley Strong
Upper Valley Strong is a group of organizations working together to help Upper Valley citizens affected by Tropical Storm Irene get back on their feet. Upper Valley Strong coordinates help with clean-up, repairs, technical support, food, counseling, housing and financial support. We are your neighbors helping disaster victims. At our core are support agencies you know already, such as the Upper Valley Haven, COVER, SEVCA, and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition.
Upper Valley Strong is a team of non-profit agencies, churches, schools, towns and local branches of State government. Under the Upper Valley Strong umbrella, approximately 50 agency, municipal and community representatives have come together to respond to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Our purpose is to get direct services to people in need, and we share resources and expertise to make sure support dollars are used in the most effective way. Today we are primarily helping people in: Barnard, Bethel, Bradford, Bridgewater, Chelsea, Corinth, Fairlee, Hartland, Hartford, Norwich, Pomfret, Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Tunbridge, Vershire, West Fairlee, and Woodstock. Depending on the need and demand, we may also work in Braintree, Granville, Hancock, Pittsfield, Randolph, Rochester and Stockbridge.
As the Long Term Recovery Committee designated by FEMA for this area, we can obtain national and regional resources and disaster relief funding. When funds are raised and collected - whether through large events or through local fund drives - Upper Valley Strong puts those dollars to work helping people. For more information, go to the Upper Valley Strong website at: uvstrong.org
You can also donate directly to recovery efforts in that area, and support Upper Valley Strong here:
Southeastern Vermont Community Action has hired six Disaster Recovery Service Coordinators, who provide needs assessments, crisis intervention, and emergency assistance; mobilize public and private resources; and coordinate services to ensure assistance and access to resources without duplication. The coordinators are now shifting their emphasis to comprehensive assessment and support, intensive disaster case management, and long-term recovery assistance. SEVCA also offers critical home repairs and mold remediation coordination services for those who face unsafe and/or unhealthy housing conditions. Please contact us at (800) 464-9951 if you need assistance. SEVCA also serves on the Needs Assessment and Triage committees of Upper Valley Strong and Precision Valley Disaster Recovery Committees. You can donate here for SEVCA’s Disaster Recovery efforts in Windham and Windsor Counties, just put SEVCA Disaster Recovery in the subject line:
Precision Valley Disaster Recovery
The Precision Valley Disaster Recovery Committee was created in the wake of Hurricane Irene to coordinate the long term recovery efforts for the Precision Valley Region of Vermont and to position our community to respond more quickly to future disasters. The committe serves the towns of Andover, Chester, Cavendish, Grafton, Ludlow,
We have formed three initial committees -
- Advisory Committee - to coordinate the other committees and provide a central point of contact to other organizations.
- Community Assessment Committee - to survey our communities and determine what need remain unmet.
- Triage/Case Management Committee - to make a database of needs, prioritize response efforts, and connect people with potential resources to address their needs.
- Temporary Housing - to coordinate places for volunteers to stay while they are working in our communities.
The Purpose (Mission)
- Survey our communities to determine what needs remain unmet.
- Coordinate volunteer efforts to help in clean-up from Hurricane Irene.
- Assure that people have adequate shelter for this winter
You can also donate to help with Irene relief efforts in Precision Valley here, just write Precision Valley in the subject line:
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
-Jane Addams (U.S. social worker, 1860-1935)