*VSECU Staff Assist in Hurricane Irene Clean-Up Efforts *
Vermonters are known for their “can-do” attitude, and VSECU staff showed they could get a tough job done when they joined hundreds of their fellow Vermonters in clean-up efforts after the damage caused by Hurricane Irene’s storms and heavy rainfall. Flooding put three VSECU staff members and their families out of their homes and destroyed their personal possessions. Co-workers donated money, clothes, furniture, kitchen supplies and other items to help these flood victims get a fresh start to rebuild their lives and homes.
VSECU staff Kasey, Ashley and Christina helped co-worker Katherine, whose home was badly damaged in Waterbury, salvage kitchen items and clean up debris. Another team of VSECU staff, Christine, Helen, Robin, Kim, Debbie, Danielle, Eunyoung, Drew, Kathy and husband Scott, Chuck and wife Tina, and Lynette and husband Cal, came to the rescue of those living in the heart of the flooded area in Northfield. Several staff helped a Summer Street resident, who was just one of many living in Northfield whose homes were badly damaged after several feet of water washed into her basements and ground floors. Work involved stripping the walls to the studs, removing plaster, laths and insulation. Staff members Don and Penne helped Waterbury residents recover from the damage, while Carolyn and family assisted friends in Moretown. Alicia and husband Mike helped a friend in Worcester as well. We know many more members of our staff contributed money to Hurricane Irene assistance funds and other provided other support.
Several online resources are also available to help those in need:
Vermont Response (#VTResponse)
After Irene: How you can help Vermont – by Seven Days
VT Irene Flood Relief Fund for Vermont Businesses
VT Irene Flood Relief Fund – on Facebook
Vermont Flooding 2011 – on Facebook
The Vermont Foodbank
American Red Cross: Vermont and The New Hampshire Valley
Vermont Emergency Management
FEMA: Apply For Assistance
Vermont Economic Development Authority