One Week In

It has been a long week. Like the state of Vermont, we are weary but optimistic. We’ve settled into a groove: our three-person team knows what we’re doing and we’re running at full speed. We are tired, yes. But we also are also energized by the stories of people getting the help they need. To be in a position to contribute to that effort is both humbling and deeply gratifying. We are thankful to live in a place where volunteers can make a significant difference in the lives of strangers who have lost everything.

At the same time, there is much to be done. We have heard from locations in Berlin and Sharon that are still absolutely devastated. Waterbury is beginning to get back on its feet, but for every Waterbury there are 10 smaller towns who still need our help. If there’s any consolation it is that we as a community are the agents of recovery. So let’s get to work fixing our state!

We’ve installed a new Lost&Found on our Exchange Page. Created by Seth Beck, this is a place for people to recover what they’ve lost, and for people to donate what they can. It works like craigslist and is our “craigslist for giving.” We’re hopeful that in the coming months we can use it to further help those in need.

We also want to take the time to talk a little bit about “closing feedback.” If you’ve been in a community to help, reach out and tell us how it went! Take down information on whom needs help, what they need, and where they are. Our goal is to reach as many of them as we possibly can.

Finally, be wary of fraud. Please read our post on protecting yourself from fraud.

We’ll be back at it tomorrow morning. Let’s keep up the good work. I’ll leave you with an image that struck me as sort of embodying what’s going on right now. A truck volunteered by a local business, carrying donated goods, into hurricane torn Stockbridge. We love hearing your voices but please leave the phone lines open for those seeking help.  We’ll see you in the morning,

Matt and the Reality VC team

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2 Responses to One Week In

  1. jl says:

    Thought it was for giving or needing??why are ppl putting their for rent apartments on the exchange site..that is exchanging..our $$ for their apartment?? lol

  2. Reality VC says:

    We’re really sorry, and also upset to hear this. It’s open-sourced, but it seems that unfortunately people are taking advantage of this. We are going to comb through the Exchange site and pull down any posts from people offering housing/goods/services in exchange for money. You are right, the Exchange is meant for Giving or Needing, an NO money should be exchanging hands for anything listed on the site. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention, we’re on it!

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