Saturday, October 08, 2011


Help Needed

Help is Needed for some of our friends and neighbors -

The top issue for many folks is that they need housing and affordable apartments are in short supply.

Several folks along Route 12 need some help (this weekend if possible or sometime soon) clearing some debris on their property. People who have chainsaws and are willing to come run them would be extremely helpful although just folks who can lift and carry would help too.

One gentleman lost his chicken coop and would greatly appreciate assistance in building a new one. Any lumber that could be donated to help with this effort would also be appreciated.

Another person needs help from somebody with a power washer. This may be a need that others have also.

There is at least one person (and I'm thinking others) who lost tools and several cords of wood.

There are many who need appliances and furniture. It seems the best way to do this would be to donate items to the ReStore at 28 Granite Street in Barre where they are doing a fanstatic job with their voucher system of getting what's needed where it needs to go. It's also a good place to donate household goods. Many folks aren't in a position yet to get the items they need so please know that there will be continued needs to be met over the next few months for all of these items.

Monetary donations are still needed - donations are going from our town down to Central VT Community Action where they are being placed in a fund which will help folks with their long term needs. Checks can be made payable to Berlin Flood Relief and sent to our town.

We're still working on determining what needs folks have - folks have been busy with many immediate needs such as getting a working furnace.

Are you willing to donate your time? Whether it's physical labor or other help such as making phone calls or visits to check in with folks, please let me know and we'll try to match it up with the needs.

Although I've lived in town for years and lived here as a teenager, there are many, many folks I am just now meeting who live in our town. Folks need help. Winter is around the corner. A couple of your hours will make a difference.

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