There’s a lot going on at the Flood Relief Headquarters in the Masonic Lodge at the intersection of Bridge Street and Route 100 in Waitsfield. Two floor coordinators have been hired; Jasna Brown of Fayston is working Monday through Friday and Joan Gilbert of Fayston is working weekends.
A project coordinator has not been hired as of yet; currently five volunteers are sharing the job: Eve Silverman, Betsy Jondro, Joni Zweig, June Anderson and Teresa Langston.
Volunteers staff the center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days per week. Questions are answered, supplies are given out and volunteers come in and find assignments for work. Those with specific needs are heard and resources are matched to the requests.
Two active websites are maintained and updated constantly. Lunch is donated daily for the HQ staff and area volunteers; occasionally FEMA representatives show up to offer support.
Community members, individuals and business owners who were impacted by the hurricane are welcome to stop in and see what’s available. Cleaning and disinfecting materials, water test kits, mops, brooms, rakes, shovels, gloves, masks and more are all there for the taking.
Equipment such as dehumidifiers, fans and multi-gallon sprayers are available also; most are on loan and will be shared by several people as they clean up and dry out. Demolition and construction supplies and equipment are in great demand as well.
If the need is for manpower, transportation or other help, the need is posted at HQ as well as on the websites.
A daily jobs board is prominently displayed, noting current manpower and equipment needs, locations and contact numbers. Those willing to help out and volunteer can check the board and find a task that matches their abilities.
All willing workers are encouraged to stop in any time.
The Flood Relief websites, www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene and mrvhurricaneirene.com, are filled with information for those in need and those willing to help.
The sites also contain various resources and items available, including temporary housing, appliances, locations for free clothing and household goods and much more.
Contributions to the Mad River Valley Community Fund are accepted at Flood HQ and hurricane T-shirts are for sale; the proceeds will be donated to the fund.