Update: A fun triathlon/fundraiser for the flood-ravaged towns of White River Valley is planned for this coming Sunday, Oct. 16. This is another great way to pitch in. Check it out HERE.
It should be no news by now that historic rains from Tropical Storm Irene nearly devastated many homes, businesses and farms, as well as infrastructure, throughout the northeast’s ski country – especially in central and southern Vermont and in New York’s Adirondacks. And while most communities have come together and made great progress cleaning up and moving on, there is still an ongoing need for help.
With winter fast approaching, many families, farmers and businesses are coping with several more weeks – and months – of clean up and repairs. Many would greatly appreciate any help you can pitch in – even if it’s just an hour or two of your hands-on time (insurance rarely covers the full extent of flood damage.) Towns need help with repairing community facilities (rec fields, gardens, paths, etc…) with cleaning up debris/garbage along river and stream banks, and much more. Many ski and bike clubs, like the Catamount Trail Association, also need help repairing damaged trails, bridges and other key features in the networks they maintain for the ongoing enjoyment by the rest of us.
To support your favorite ski town, please browse the websites below (please let us know if you have suggestions for this list) or simply swing by or contact the town hall in any town – and ask around for whomever is coordinating volunteer efforts. There are also a variety of ways you can pitch in financially, too. Look for the donation links on the websites. (Perhaps the snow gods will reward you for your generosity and kindness.) (Photo: Flood-ravaged home in Pittsfield, Vermont, near Killington. Click on thumbnail below for larger image.)
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