Friends, former residents, family members, and people all over the world with a little piece of Brandon in their heart, have been calling and e-mailing town officials and other residents to see how they can help. Now there’s a chance to help Brandon with its herculean flood cleanup.
A concert on the Brandon Green Sept. 2— sponsored by Jim Leary, Esq., and Nancy Leary Design—introduced the Brand-Aid Fund to local residents.
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce established the Brand-Aid Fund to help members of the local business community.
The intent of the fund, according to the Learys, is to assist businesses trying to reopen after the Irene flood.
“It might mean a relocation for some or shoring up a building or gutting the inside, even starting over. Some business or building owners have flood insurance although not many,” Jim Leary said. “Chamber of Commerce officials will create parameters on the disbursement of the fund in the coming days. The important news is that everyone can help.”
Every penny donated will be disbursed to local people, according to Leary.
To donate online, see: http://brandon.org/about/brand-aid-fund-donate-now/. Chamber officials hope to establish a fund contact at a local financial institution for people who would rather donate by check.
As Sept. 2 concert sponsors, the Learys own a building in the downtown Conant Block which was effected by the flood. They are uncertain when their building can be reopened. At the concert, a 50/50 raffle and a pass-the-hat was held as a way to fundraise for the Brand-Aid Fund.
Special requests for volunteers and donations have been made across the region:
•At the Neshobe Golf Club, the water that overflowed from the Neshobe River left a huge clean-up job. The club crew is working to tackle problem areas but are looking for volunteers. The public is invited to drop by the club with suitable work clothes; be prepared to get wet. Call the club at 802-247-3611.
•Buy Bricks for the Brandon Green Park Rebuilding: Contact Bette Moffett or Warren Kimble at 803-247-8880 or stop by 10 Park St.
•Red Cross Blood Drive: Special Red Cross Blood Drive: Thursday, Sept. 8, noon-5:30 p.m. at the Brandon Fire Station.
•Rutland Area Needs Help: Rutland volunteers have some needs to help residents in Mendon, Killington, and Rutland. The public Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/RestoringRutland.
•There are ongoing efforts to provide food, water, ice, and other supplies to people trapped in Mendon and Killington. Additionally the local food banks are in desperate need, so if you can collect supplies, donate supplies, or help staff 34 Strongs Ave. (which has become a command center for some of these efforts) contact Katye Robare Munger who will be coordinating those efforts. Volunteers are needed as soon as today.
•Neighbors and friends will be out in the community working along side other agencies this weekend starting some of the physical restoration. More details will be given on this aspect as it develops. The hours for the drop off site are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
•A clothes drop off is set up at Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter at 101 Grove St. Donations may be dropped off Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If you have a large amount, call 802-775-6788.