Many thanks to the community for your generosity and outpouring of support for those who have been hardest hit by Irene.

For nearly two weeks, just as quickly as we have been receiving donations, we have been turning the most essential items around and distributing them out to communities who have immediate emergency needs. It has been a collaborative effort involving nearly every group in our community, private donors, all of the Haven’s staff and hundreds of volunteers.

In order to effectively serve the community and distribute resources in the continuing months ahead, we have decided to be closed to the public this weekend to undergo a massive re-organizing effort so that we can be ready to open our doors on Monday with sorted clothing, food, toiletries and household supplies; and an efficient way to distribute them long-term.

Next week, during our open hours (8:30am to 6pm on Mondays & 8:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday- Friday) we will be happy (and grateful) to receive donations of:
–     Baby Formula
–          Food (non-perishable and refrigerated items)
–          Cleaning products
–          Toiletries (including eye wash)
–          Paper goods (paper plates, bowls and plastic cutlery)
–          New men’s boxers, women’s underwear & socks of all sizes

With schools back in session we are finding many that want to lend a hand to other schools in need. We encourage schools that have lost materials, equipment, furniture and more to be in touch with the Haven so we can connect them to other schools that want to help.  We also encourage educators to reach out to each other on their own to streamline this process (but please update us if you know of a resource that can help those coming to us for support).  Thank you!

 UPCOMING EVENTS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m.: Community Forum with a FEMA representative at the Hartford High School auditorium

Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m.: Town of Hartford will be organizing another clean-up day. If you’d like to help please arrive at the Municipal Building at 10 a.m.

The Town of Hartford has no clean-up effort planned for Sunday, but the Haven will have volunteering opportunities available on Sunday to help sort through donations*.

Tuesday, September 13 at 11 a.m.: Mascoma Bank will be hosting a community BBQ in the yard in front of the devastated West Hartford Library.  All are welcome to join.  Groups and organizations that have services and resources to provide for victims of Irene will be available. 

 *We still need volunteers for all Haven activities.  Please contact Laura Shelton at 802-478-1805 or gro.nevahyellavreppunull@arual if you are interested in volunteering.

Through our Outreach Program, the Haven has set up a fund specifically to help storm victims with various emergency needs. All funds donated go directly to those who have been devastated by the natural disaster. For example, this week we were able to give a West Hartford woman whose home was flooded the funds to fix her car that was damaged by the storm so that she could at least continue to travel to her work and maintain employment. If you know of anyone whose emergency situation could be made manageable with modest financial help please urge them to call us. Our case managers are trained and available all year round to work with people to find solutions in moments of severe challenge and crisis.

To donate food and supplies please stop by the Haven. To donate funds you can send a check, call with a credit card number, or make a contribution online.

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September 4, 2011

A warm thank you to the Upper Valley community and beyond! The generosity we are seeing from local towns – and from areas as far away as New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida and California – is phenomenal! The teamwork among communities has been inspiring; we are all partnering in a massive collection effort for those needing resources, and then redistributing to fill the particular needs of each area. Today we found ourselves sending a box truck full of food, bedding, towels and other supplies to Bridgewater and West Woodstock (in partnership with Woodstock’s Hand-In-Hand Community Service), while at the same time receiving a carload overflowing with clothing from the community collection at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock. This is the wonderful give and take that’s been rippling through the Upper Valley, ensuring that no one goes without hope and resources during these trying times. 

1. Current Haven Food Needs:
 –          All refrigerated items such as meats, eggs, butter and margarines (we have adequate refrigerator and freezer space)
–          Paper plates, plastic cutlery, cups, napkins & foil*
–          Cheese
–          Milk
–          Cases of yogurt
–          Baby formula
–          Meals in cans
–          Individual juice boxes and other drinks
–          Canned fruit
–          Spaghetti sauces
*The Haven usually tries to limit the use of plastics and individually wrapped foods to protect our natural environment, but in this circumstance those receiving meal donations need supplies to eat and store these foods.

2. Clothing & Bedding –we have enough at this time

We have collected adequate clothing and bedding to serve “Phase One” of emergency needs, but know within time supplies will dwindle. We are requesting that people HOLD ONTO & STORE clothing and bedding, and continue to check our website regularly to determine which supplies are in current demand. We know that within time, during “Phase Two” of the community’s recovery, there will be significant needs but we cannot predict  right now specifically what and when these will be. Please continue to partner with us!

3.  Hurricane Irene Fund

Through our Outreach Program, the Haven has set up a fund specifically to help storm victims with various emergency needs. All funds donated go directly to those who have been devastated by the natural disaster. For example, this week we were able to give a West Hartford woman whose home was flooded the funds to fix her car that was damaged by the storm so that she could at least continue to travel to her work and maintain employment. If you know of anyone whose emergency situation could be made manageable with modest financial help please urge them to call us. Our case managers are trained and available all year round to work with people to find solutions in moments of severe challenge and crisis.

To donate food and supplies please stop by the Haven. To donate funds you can send a check, call with a credit card number, or make a contribution online.

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August 31, 2011

You can donate food, clothing and funds to the Haven to help storm victims!

We will be open 7 days per week until further notice – including the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, Hartford Vermont. However, they cannot take food, clothing or supplies donations from the public. This Red Cross shelter is re-directing all community members with food and clothing donations to the Haven. In turn, the Haven is distributing these items to all Irene victims who are in need. What items are needed? Food, toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, bottled water and more…

Through our Outreach Program, the Haven has also set up a HURRICANE IRENE FUND specifically to help storm victims with various emergency needs. All funds donated will go directly to those who have been devastated by the natural disaster.

The Haven is working in partnership with many area resources to ensure that no one falls through the cracks:

– We have delivered cleaning supplies to COVER Home Repair and groups in Sharon, VT, to support their cleaning and repair efforts in the community.

– As a standing agent of the Salvation Army, we are helping to distribute extra resources and vouchers for emergency housing needs.

– We are partnering with southeastern and central Vermont community action agencies, SEVCA and CVCAC.

– Hartford High School is donating space to us to sort clothing and supply donations so that we can efficiently dispense them through our facility at 713 Hartford Ave.

– Valley Land Trust has donated a beautiful warehouse for the Haven’s use in both sorting and storing donations until they are needed for distribution.

– Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation is collecting food and supplies for us to distribute.

– We sent Outreach staff to Mascoma Bank’s community barbecue in Bethel, VT Friday 9/2 – where Mascoma convened and hosted an information exchange session for victims – to be a resource for those who are overwhelmed with loss and the recovery process, and to deliver toiletry items and other necessities to those in need.

– Alice Peck Day Hospital is giving the Haven masks and gloves for people to use for clean-up purposes.

– Our staff has delivered water to Senior Housing in South Royalton.

With natural disaster situations it is customary to see an immediate outpouring of generosity and supplies. However, we are aware that it can take some time for people to assess the damage to their house or belongings, overcome the initial shock, and begin the slow repair and recovery process. Weeks and even months from now needs will still exist. We will continue to collect and store supplies so that our community is adequately equipped in the months ahead.

To donate food, clothing and supplies, please stop by the Haven. To donate funds you can send a check, call with a credit card number, or make a contribution online. Please specify “Hurricane Irene”.

25 thoughts on “How the Haven is Helping Hurricane Irene Victims-UPDATED 9/8

  1. Jan Lambert

    Are you accepting freh vegetables? Jan

  2. Jan Lambert

    Can you use fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, beets, collard greens or kale? Jan

  3. Karina

    Yes. We love to provide fresh vegetables! =)

  4. Jessica Bachand

    Do you know of anyone in need of a twin mattress and bookspring? I have a spare and would love to donate it if you are accepting.

  5. Karina

    Right now we prefer that you donate these items for Listen or Cover.

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