Brad Engborg via Crowdrise
September 01, 2011
BENEFITING: Vermont Foodbank
As many of you have may heard Tropical Storm Irene hit New England and especially my home state of Vermont with full force on August 28th, 2011. Many reports are now saying this could be the worst storm to hit Vermont since the early 1900s. It caused flash flooding, power outages and destruction of roads, bridges (and yes – iconic covered bridges) and property statewide.
Over 250 roads in the state have been closed or completely washed away leaving people either unable to get to their homes or stuck in their houses that are now flooded with river water. At the time I am writing this there are still 12 entire communities cut off with no way in or out for supplies. Helicopters have started air dropping supplies to those who need to be reached. The destruction of so much of the infrastructure and natural beauty in this state is overwhelming. While these people will hopefully soon be rescued from their places cut off by the storms the effects for so many will be felt for a long time to come as they try recover.
Growing up in Vermont and currently living elsewhere I feel the urge to assist in some way in this situation as my friends, family and neighbors suffer through this natural disaster. I know many of you have expressed the same feeling in facebook postings.
I have decided to make it my goal help in a small way by raising money for the Vermont Foodbank. This will ensure donations will reach people in need across the entire state.
Through a network of 280 food shelves, meals sites, senior centers, shelters, after-school programs, the Vermont Foodbank runs programs that help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.
It is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.
During the disaster clean up when families are forced from their damaged homes and the emergency rescue, fire, and road crew workers are working around the clock, the Vermont Foodbank will provide food to the shelters to make sure all these people are fed. And when people are out of work, the foodbank will help make sure their children don't go hungry.
If you are able please consider donating $10 (or more) to this relief effort. This $10 amount equals about 38 pounds of food at the foodbank for a family in need. If you will be so kind please also share with your friends and engage the power of social networking. Just think – if we can get just 100 people to donate just $10 each that is $1000. For every $10 the Vermont Foodbank receives they can provide about 38 pounds of food for a family in need. So $1000 raised will equal 3,800 pounds of food!
Thank you for your time and consideration and sharing with your friends via Facebook, emails and Twitter!