Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found athttp://www.vtirenefund.org/(link is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Trio of biology students connects classwork to field

first_img Published on October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ As a psychology major also pursuing a minor in biology, junior forward Adrian Chambers can give the scientific explanation behind how athletes train their bodies to fight off exhaustion.“We actually just talked about this, using your frontal lobe to overpower the hindbrain when fatigue sets in and when your body tells you, ‘You can’t do anymore,’” Chambers said. “You can really train your frontal lobe to have your body continue to work despite the physiological things you’re experiencing.”It’s a mouthful but, basically, she said the brain can be tricked into thinking its body has more energy than it actually does.Because in a league as tough as the Atlantic Coast Conference, sometimes the most important mind games are played not with opponents, but inside one’s own head.Chambers, senior back Anna Crumb and sophomore back Erin Dickey know this better than anyone on No. 4 Syracuse (12-2, 2-2 ACC). All three are biology students that have brought a scientific flair to the Orange this season. Although they hold different roles, Crumb being the only established starter, they could be considered the brains of the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s this final role that is often the most difficult to maintain.“It’s really stressful to balance such a hard field that requires so much attention of yours,” Dickey said. “And then, to go and play hockey too, that requires so much attention.“It’s like living a double life almost, being a student and an athlete.”So why decide to fire up the microscopes and head to the dissection table?For Chambers, it all started during childhood. She said she has always been fascinated by human behavior and what motivates people to react in certain ways. That drew her to the psychology field, and since she hopes to kick-start a career in research, a biology minor was the perfect addition.She said the workload can be frustrating at times, but it’s doable.“It’s just the nature of the field. It requires a lot of labs, lab work or clinical work, so it can be challenging to balance,” Chambers said.Meanwhile, Dickey plans on attending medical school once her field hockey days conclude. She’s also thinking about a research career, but she didn’t rule out the possibility of working as a doctor at a hospital.And Crumb was unavailable to be interviewed; she was in class, of course.Not surprisingly, Chambers, Crumb and Dickey can easily relate to one another because of their shared academic plight. For Dickey, this mutual understanding proves especially helpful in the classroom.“It’s really cool. They give me so much insight on like, okay, I had this professor. I had her last semester,” Dickey said of her teammates. “If you do this, or if you get this. It’s a nice connection to know and pass on.”Their shared success, along with the entire team’s academic performance, hasn’t gone unnoticed.Head coach Ange Bradley said she admires her players for pursuing such demanding fields of study while also memorizing game plans and attack formations.“I wish that their classmates and professors could come out and see what the day and life of a student-athlete is really like,” Bradley said. “To be able to maintain a 3.3 team GPA in majors of engineering, biology, Newhouse… it’s really, really, really impressive.”As for the science-minded trio, there’s no need to resort to brain games to juggle everything. Because they enjoy what they do, the energy supplies itself.“It becomes challenging, but it’s what I’m most passionate about,” Chambers said. “I think all the girls come across challenges in their own ways. It’s just a matter of learning to manage your time.” Commentslast_img read more