A new video, released by the Vermont Community Foundation, says thank you to everyone who has contributed to Irene relief and recovery on behalf of all Vermonters. The short message is drawn from storm footage as well as recent interviews with flood victims, local heroes, and state leaders. The Community Foundation is distributing the video to share this message of gratitude with people across the state and beyond who have helped heal Vermont. While Vermonters continue to recover, the remarkable response from near and far has already had an enormous positive impact. Long before the water receded, people started donating their time, materials, and money. Since the storm struck, the Community Foundation has collected more than $3.8 million in charitable contributions and has been an active partner in post-Irene relief and recovery efforts, working closely with donors and other organizations to create and manage a number of Irene-related charitable funds.‘We felt that this holiday season was an appropriate time to stop and reflect on what these contributions have made possible and to express our gratitude to the many who stepped forward to help,’ says Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘Our hope is that this short video reaches every last person who has given ‘ and who continues to give ‘ in one way or another.’Visit www.vtfloodresponse.org(link is external) to learn more about the video and see extended interviews. The website was established by the Community Foundation to provide detailed, updated information about the Foundation’s Irene recovery efforts, including grants available and grants awarded. It also has a useful resources section with a comprehensive list of flood resources and information about Irene recovery work being done by other organizations.The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. It is Vermont’s largest homegrown grantmaker. Together, its family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information. After Irene: Vermont Thanks You is available online at www.vtfloodresponse.org/thankyou(link is external).
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