Lanterns float into the sky as part of a memorial vigil held at Harwood for students killed over the weekend. Photo: Jeff Knight

The Mad River Valley Community Fund, faced with questions about how people can help the families of the five teenagers killed in a car accident last weekend, met this week and agreed to make an initial donation to each family from the community fund regular endowment to cover immediate needs.

The community fund has set up a specific conduit for local contributions: The Five Families Fund. This link may be accessed from the website or mailed to Mad River Valley Community Fund at P.O. Box 353, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

All contributions should be earmarked “Five Families Fund” and are tax deductible. All contributions will be shared equally among the families.

The High Fives Foundation has also begun fundraising efforts and is working on a crowdsource funding link as well. The High Fives Foundation is donating 100 percent of funds raised at this weekend’s screening of the BASICS film which airs Saturday, October 15, with two showings – 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. – at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield. High Fives has raised $3,000 for this event already, thanks to six donors. The movie is a mountain and snow safety education documentary.

The Mad River Barn in Fayston is also organizing a fundraiser for Wednesday, October 19. Mad River Barn will donate 100 percent of its sales that night to the Mad River Valley Community Fund. Barn owners Heather and Andy Lynd are working with their vendors on donating their wares and expect to have a donor who will match what they raise, including the contributions from their vendors.

Links to fundraising events and foundations

Mad River Valley Community Fund: Facebook / Website

High-5s Foundation: Fishlanthropy / BASICS / Website

Mad River Barn Fundraiser: Five Families / Website