VSECU has donated $10,000 to ReBuild Waterbury to support its work helping individuals and homeowners rebuild after flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
VSECU’s Community Contributions Committee made the allocation recognizing the work ReBuild has done to date. “And we want to ensure that the work continues,” said Jana Bagwell, committee chair. “We are part of the Waterbury community, too.”
VSECU had a branch office at the State Office Complex in Waterbury which was damaged by the flood. Staff from VSECU pitched in with the cleanup efforts in the community and then set up shop in a temporary office in an RV on Park Row for several months. It was important for VSECU to lend a hand and to maintain its service to members in Waterbury in their time of need, said branch manager Don Fair. In January, a new permanent VSECU office on South Main Street opened with three employees.
ReBuild Waterbury is a special project of the non-profit Revitalizing Waterbury, established in October 2011 to help those with flood-damaged homes in Waterbury, Duxbury and adjacent communities complete repairs and help return residents to their neighborhoods.
ReBuild Waterbury Chairperson Theresa Wood said VSECU’s contribution comes at a critical time. “This is exceptional support as we complete our work and near our fundraising goal,” she said.
ReBuild is approaching $900,000 in fundraising that has gone to assist more than 100 flood-affected local households.