I swear I heard a collective sigh of relief go up throughout the office when I said TGIF to the
hunky UPS man this morning. This week I had the blues, twirled my way around the waterfront, battled allergies in new wardrobe staples and was fresh faced in flowy pants.
Proving that volunteerism is always in style Wore Out’s Look of the Week is #VTResponse!
After tropical Storm Irene, the worst natural disaster to strike Vermont since 1927, devastated parts of southern and central Vermont one question echoed throughout the state and beyond, “what can I do to help?” Immediately recognizing the need to connect those in need with those able to support the Reality Venture Capital team lead by Sarah Waterman stepped up and created #VTResponse.
Sarah, no stranger to disaster relief efforts, headed to Biloxi, MS for a two week volunteer trip after Hurricane Katrina and ended up staying 3 months,”coordinating relief efforts through the NPO All Hands Volunteers.” The Burlington Free Press called VTResponse “a clearinghouse for volunteers to connect with people who need help.”
One thing that this disaster has taught us is that Vermonters are a proud, capable and resilient breed; strong not only in work ethic but in spirit. Countless stories of neighbor helping neighbor and of strangers risking their own safety to help others continue to pour in as recovery efforts continue throughout the state. Please join me in thanking the countless volunteers working to help those in need all over the state.
If you’re interested in helping I urge you to visit VTResponse to find out where help is needed most.
Thank you to Sarah, Matt and Katy of Reality Venture Capital for recognizing a need and filling it immediately. Your continued efforts echo the spirit of community and hard work that are proving to be Vermont’s greatest assets during this time of crisis. Thank you.