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

Roger Stone at Home in Broward Awaiting Sentencing

first_imgHe’s due back in DC in February for sentencing and faces many years in prison.After landing at FLL airport yesterday, Stone told reporters he’s “glad to be home, and he’s thankful to the millions of Americans who are praying for him and his family.” Roger Stone is back home in Broward County awaiting his sentencing. After his conviction on 7 felony counts in a Washington DC courtroom, federal prosecutors wanted him to be taken into custody. Instead, the judge let him go home to South Florida instead to spend the holidays with family.Stone and his wife landed yesterday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The 67-year-old was convicted last week of charges that include obstruction, and lying to federal investigators under oath.BACK HOME – Longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone has returned to South Florida after learning his fate in a federal court, but the political consultant declined to talk about his conviction for allegedly lying to Congress. https://t.co/Nm3TxmUmcG— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) November 18, 2019last_img read more