How to Help Flood Victims in Vermont and New Jersey
If you are interested in sending help to flood victims in New Jersey and Vermont, we have several links here. Most of Vermont’s flooding has gone down, leaving much damage. The flood waters in New Jersey have crested and will start going down, but many are still without electricity and roadways are blocked.
To Help Flood Victims in Vermont (scroll down for New Jersey):
- Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.
- You can donate to the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.
- You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in.
- The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.
- Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.
- The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.
- Independent Vermont Clothing is selling a special “I’m With VT” t-shirt. All profits from sales of the shirt will go to relief efforts.
- Across the lake, upstate New York got hit hard by Irene, too. Donations are being coordinated on the Irene Flood Drive Facebook page.
- VTResponse.com is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.
- Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.
- Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.
- The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.
- Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.
- The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
- If you need assistance or information from the state, dial 211 or visit vt211.org.
- The Help Vermont Facebook group is another place to share recovery information.
- Sublet.com will provide free access for people who are displaced from their homes. Call their customer service line at 1-877-367-7368 for more information.
Flooding in Denville, New Jersey
To Help Flood Victims in New Jersey:
• The State Department is directing volunteers to some of the hardest-hit areas. Those interested in helping should contact the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism at (609) 633-9629 or (609) 775-5236. Potential volunteers can also find places to help online by visiting VolunteerNewJersey.org. or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The American Red Cross is accepting financial donations to help with the recovery. Donations can be made by calling (800) 733-2767, or online by visiting the website for your local Red Cross chapter. To find your local office, visit redcross.org and enter your zip code on the right side of the home page.
• The Red Cross is also asking for blood donors to visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Platelet donations, which are vital to cancer patients, can be made by calling (215) 451-4153.
• The Blood Bank of New Jersey is hosting several drives this week in flood-ravaged areas. On Friday, there will be a drive at the Wayne Department of Health from 3 to 8 p.m., and another event in Passaic at 503 Paulison Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. To find about other drives, or to donate blood in your area, call (973) 676-4700.
• Donations can be made to the state chapter of the Salvation Army by calling (800) SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “storm” to 80888, which will send an automatic $10 donation from mobile phones. Donations can all be made online by visiting salvationarmyusa.org
• Flood victims in Denville are “desperately in need” of clothing store gift cards. Township officials are asking anyone who can donate to drop off gift cards to the Social Services Department located at 1 St. Mary’s Place inside Town Hall.
• The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are urging the public to donate money, rather than goods, because damage from rising flood waters is making it difficult to store relief items where they are most needed.
Sources: Gov. Chris Christie’s office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross
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