Seventh Generation and Vermont Foodbank have joined forces to aid Vermonters struggling to recover from the historic devastation caused by tropical storm Irene, which has left countless towns across the state without even the basic supplies needed to begin cleaning up flood-ravaged homes.
Together, we're assembling 1,200 "green" cleaning kits filled with Seventh Generation clean-up supplies that residents need to safely start putting their homes and lives back together.
Each kit will consist of an essential variety of Seventh Generation's household products. Once assembled, the Vermont Foodbank will deploy its distribution network to immediately get these kits to local food shelves in the hardest hit areas.
The emergency response is being made possible by an extraordinary coalition of Seventh Generation, including Cascades, which donated and shipped the kits' recycled paper towels, and OHL, which is transporting all materials and supplying some of the help needed to put together the kits themselves.
"We're a Vermont company in every way," said Seventh Generation CEO, John Replogle. "What happens to our state happens to everyone here -- there's not a person in the building who hasn't been touched by this mind-boggling storm. None of us can believe what we're seeing in our communities. Our friends and neighbors desperately need help, and right now our company's mission is to provide as much as we can."
Looking for how you can get involved in local Vermont communities to support those affected by Irene?
Check out these links:
- 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 Help Vermont Facebook group is another place to share recovery information.
- The Red Cross is in 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.
- Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. Each donation is worth $60 of food for families in need.
- The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.
- 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.
top photo: Independent Vermont Clothing