December 14, 2011 (Lebanon, NH) The effort to assist Upper Valley residents as they recover from the devastation left by Tropical Storm Irene has received a big boost. Upper Valley Strong, a collaborative long-term relief effort of approximately 50 local non-profit agencies, churches, schools and governmental bodies that came together to respond to the needs of disaster victims, was recently awarded a combined grant of $75,000 from Granite United Way, the NH Charitable Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation.
“The decision to support Upper Valley Strong was an easy one for our volunteers. Granite United Way recognizes the importance of working together, especially when disaster strikes. This collaboration of community leaders has already proven to be a valuable asset for Upper Valley residents working to rebuild,” said Patrick Tufts, President & CEO, Granite United Way. Following the disbursement of FEMA funds, groups like the Upper Valley Haven, COVER, SEVCA and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition will assess current needs, combine resources and expertise to meet those needs and mobilize volunteers. Funding will be distributed through local programs working directly to help individuals rebuild.Read More »$75,000 Commitment to Upper Valley Strong Announced