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. A chance to help the town will be at the community’s final concert in its summer concert series to be held Friday, Sept. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Central Park and featuring Feral Godmother. Volunteers are needed around Brandon and in Rutland to help with the flood cleanup.
The band is hailed as South Central Vermont's second most powerful garage band. The deliver an eclectic mélange of folk rock, electric blues, and avant-garagé.
This important concert and post-flood community gathering is sponsored by Jim Leary, Esq., and Nancy Leary Design and will help the Brand-Aid Fund.
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce has established the Brand-Aid Fund to help members of the local business community. The intent of the fund 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.
Chamber of Commerce officials will create parameters on the disbursement of the fund in the coming days. The important news is that you—readers, residents, neighbors and visitors—can help.
Every penny donated will be disbursed to local people. 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.
Feral Godmother band members have decided to waive payment for the concert and they are now helping to turn the concert into a fundraiser for the Brand-Aid Fund.
At Saturday’s concert, a 50/50 raffle and a pass-the-hat will be held as a way to fundraise for the Brand-Aid Fund.
Special Help Requests Around 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 Your 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.