Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The grist mill off of Stowe Street in Waterbury home of the Hen of the Wood restaurant that has just recently moved to the village. Photo courtesy of Times Argus newspaper

The MRV knows all too well what our neighbors in Waterbury, Montpelier and other communities around the state are going through right now and what they will be encountering in the coming weeks and months. The Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce stands with our fellow Vermonters and are here to help in any way that we can.  The outpouring of a offers to get involved has been overwhelming. With that desire in mind, we reached out to these communities to ask the best way to help.

The Waterbury and Montpelier communities have identified ways to organize those wishing to volunteer their help and/or donate funds to the cause. Here are links to those conduits of support;

Waterbury Flood Community Response

The corner of Langdon Street and Main Street in downtown Montpelier. Photo courtesy of Times Argus newspaper

Montpelier Flood Community Response

Vermont Statewide Volunteer Opportunities

  • Vermont Volunteer Portal – The volunteer needs in the wake of the storm are evolving, so we are calling on Vermonters to sign up, let us know what skills they can offer, and be ready to serve if needed. The link takes you to a volunteer portal where you can register for the “State of Vermont Volunteer” organization.
  • There are multiple efforts underway to begin raising funds for recovery in the state. The Vermont Main Street Flood Recovery Fund has been established to provide grants to small businesses in the wake of the storm. The Vermont Community Foundation has opened the VT Flood Response and Recovery Fund 2023 to support Vermonters responding to and recovering from the floods. Please consider donating.

The MRV Chamber is also gathering offers to help so we can bring a “MRV Relief Battalion” to wherever we can be of assistance. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the list.

Thank you for caring about our neighbors and for the overwhelming offers support. This experience demonstrates yet again what the MRV community is all about.