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

Stony Brook University Student Dies of Suicide, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Stony Brook University student died of an apparent suicide after falling to his death from a campus dormitory on Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said. The undergraduate student, who was not identified, was found unresponsive in the vicinity of Stimson College in Roosevelt Squad, according to an email sent by Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. to the campus community. The student was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, he said.“I am deeply saddened to report that a tragic occurrence took place on our campus this afternoon,” Stanley said in the email. “The student’s family has been notified and I cannot begin to imagine their sense of loss.”Suffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the incident along with university police. Authorities believe no criminality was involved, Suffolk police said. Campus police sent an email alert to students and faculty at 2:30 p.m., saying it was investigating a “medical emergency” involving a student who fell.“As a campus, our hearts and prayers go out to them in their time of mourning,” Stanley said in the email. “I also offer condolences to friends and faculty who knew and cared for this student.”The university said resources were being made available immediately to help the grieving campus.“Losing a member of our campus community to such an unexpected and tragic circumstance is difficult,” Stanley continued, “and we know it is particularly so for those who are invested in the person’s academic experience, success and personal development.”last_img read more