We are devastated as our brave little state is still feeling the effects of the catastrophic crisis we all experienced earlier this week.
One of the defining truths about Vermont is that Vermonters look out for one another. We saw it during the pandemic; we saw it during Tropical Storm Irene. As we watch the updates come in from across the state, we see it again. Emergency responders, public safety officers, federal and state agencies, businesses, and volunteers come together to manage a major crisis as it unfolds. As of sunrise this morning, Vermont communities have been battered yet again from Troy to Londonderry and Woodstock, Weston, and all along the Winooski.
"This is to the disaster level. This is a complete loss here,” said Josh Allison, chief of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department in conversation with VTDigger.
And, as always, there are already bright spots of generosity. In Windsor County, the Hartland Diner opened its doors to neighbors needing a place to shelter. Others offered trailers and stalls to rescue and shelter farm animals. Everywhere, Vermonters are helping one another in ways big and small.
The situation is evolving rapidly, but our team here at the VCF is in conversation with the Red Cross, FEMA, the state’s community action agencies, the Governor's office, and our nonprofit partners throughout the state to help coordinate a philanthropic response. We know the work will be just beginning when the water recedes.
If you’re wondering what you can do to help, we have established the VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund 2023 to coordinate and distribute support to the communities where it is most needed in the days, weeks, and months to come.