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
FEDERAL DISASTER HELP TOPS $34 MILLION IN VERMONT
BURLINGTON, VT –Although the road to the Green Mountain State’s full recovery from the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene will be a long one, much progress has already been made. Recovery is being supported by $34.6 million in federal disaster grants and low-interest loans to Vermont residents and businesses.
At the request of Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the registration deadline. Nov. 15 is the new deadline to register for federal disaster assistance. This replaces the prior deadline of Oct. 31.
Individuals and families have received more than $18.5 million in grants for housing repairs, rent for temporary housing and other assistance. More than $16.1 million in low-interest disaster recovery loans has been approved for homeowners and businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration.Read More »Press Release: October 25, 2011