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Over $107,000 provided to flood-impacted small businesses


first_imgAs recovery efforts continue to move forward, the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund has reviewed nearly 200 grant applications from many small businesses showing more than $18 million in damages from Tropical Storm Irene.  To date, the advisory committee has made first round grant awards to businesses from Wilmington to Waterbury; 54 applicants have received more than $107,000 out of the nearly $250,000 that has been generously pledged by individuals and organizations . Additional pledges continue to come in, but much more effort is required in order to meet the needs of the applicants seeking assistance. Todd Bailey, the Fund’s founder and an Associate at KSE Partners in Montpelier, said, ‘This has been a very difficult process ‘ every application that we have seen shows a need, but some tough decisions have had to be made because of the limited resources.’  The other members of the advisory committee echoed Bailey’s comments ‘ the seven-member committee has had a number of conference calls and has reviewed and evaluated every application. Central Vermont Community Action Council serves as the Fund’s fiscal agent and has received a steady stream of applications.  Executive Director Hal Cohen notes, ‘We’ve have done our best to get money disbursed as quickly as we can, but continued financial support will go a long way in helping us to meet the needs of more businesses across Vermont.’ Cohen continued, ‘Some businesses are just now becoming aware of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund’. ·       Andrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River Sports ·       Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Founded in August 20011 by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey for the purpose of raising money to support small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.  After a grant application review process, all funds raised will be directly awarded to Vermont businesses in their efforts to rebuild from damage or losses sustained. Grant applications can be obtained online atwww.vtirenefund.org(link is external) or by calling 802-552-3449.  About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) Fiscal Agent: Central Vermont Community Action Council Founded 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)  ·       Kate Paine, Executive Director, Women Business Owners Network and Principal, Kate Paine Associates Member of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Advisory Committee: ‘This kind of help is unique ‘ it provides a financial shot in the arm for businesses to get their doors opened again,’ said Bailey. ‘The more applications we see, the more we know we’re doing our best to help our small businesses in Vermont right now.’ ·       Todd Bailey ‘ Associate at KSE Partners (www.ksefocus.com(link is external)) ·       Shawn Shouldice, Principal, Capital Connections, LLC ·       Charlie Wilson, Chairman, Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores Businesses who have applied but may not have received a grant to date may be reconsidered as more funds become available.  The advisory committee will be meeting to make another round of grant awards next week, and will continue reviewing applications as they are received. ·       Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Action Council ·       Kevin Wiberg, Fund Administrator, Central Vermont Community Action Councillast_img read more


Fair Haven Day Celebrated With Games, Food, New Play Set


first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Local residents came out to Fair Haven Fields June 15 to celebrate their town at Fair Haven Day. There was a climbing wall and bounce houses sponsored by various local businesses, giving children many opportunities for having fun. A favorite spot for the kids was a classic truck filled to the brim with bags of popcorn, all donated by Brennan’s Delicatessen. Face painting and colorful bandage wraps were also available. Mayor Ben Lucarelli and state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon were in attendance for the grand opening of a new toddler-friendly play set for the Fair Haven Fields playground, made possible through the fundraising efforts of local resident Cristina Stanley. All present enjoyed live music, great food and fun games with fireworks at the end of the night. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more