A Note from #VTResponse

Thus far, this experience has been emotional to say the least. For all of the calls, emails and comments we’ve received from people looking for help, there is also the feedback we receive from people who have been able to use this site to get out there and volunteer or get the volunteers they needed.

One of the best things for us, and one of the ways we can improve what we are doing, is through feedback. I got a call this evening from a gentleman who spent the better part of this week traveling 700 miles through out the state, doing whatever he could to help out where help was needed most. Unfortunately, some of the feedback he gave us was of people who could really use a helping hand (or ten), but didn’t know that #VTResponse existed.

As a team of three, plus some generous students who’ve given up some of their time to help us, it’s hard for us to know people could use help if they aren’t asking for it. We’ve asked a few times for volunteers to report back to us on their experience, and that feedback can help us do what we’re doing even better.

Vermont is not out of the woods yet. There is still work to be done, and as long as we have the attention of this audience, we are going to do what we can to get the word out there! Our goal is, and has always been, to get help where it is needed now, with no red tape. We will continue to do our best to get volunteers wherever they are needed most

So while you are out in the field, if you see people that could and would like some volunteer help, let us know and let them know that #VTResponse is an available resource. We can be reached 24/7 at vtresponse@yahoo.com and from 8 to 8 daily at 802-922-4202.

– Katy, Sarah and Matt (The #VTResponse team)

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8 Responses to A Note from #VTResponse

  1. Melanie Webster says:

    You are doing an incredible job and providing a service that I have been telling everyone about. You were instrumental in getting Weston’s the help they needed. There was a great volunteer turnout on Monday, and it was appreciated. One resident told me that people she didn’t even know were helping her….and she was amazed by that.🙂
    Many people I have encountered have limited or no internet access at this point, but are very relieved to hear about you, and especially Vt Response Exchange for replacing what they have lost. Tomorrow I will provide your telephone number as well, and maybe start a list of specific people in need. Thanks so much.

  2. Lynn Jenkins says:

    A friend and I traveled from Montpelier to Waterbury today to try to volunteer. The coordinators all told us that there wasn’t really anything for us to do. They were busy training a large group on a mold control project, and some school children were in the parish packing food kits. We wandered around and asked others if they knew of anyone that needed help – but no one knew of anything. We then went to Moretown, where we experienced pretty much the same thing. A few could have used some heavy lifting type help (which neither of us are capable of), but no one else had anything. We are thinking that there will be more cleanup, painting, etc work at some point when the demolition type work has been completed. We hope you will keep this wonderful site going so that volunteers will know when there is a need for the type of work that will be on-going and necessary a little later. Thanks!

  3. Jennifer Rollins says:

    I can’t even imagine what the last two weeks would have been like without your dedication! Thank you so much! I hope I get to meet you all someday! You rock!

  4. G says:

    It would be helpful if you had a Facebook page and posted your daily volunteer opportunities there. Once you’re “liked” by other groups who are also helping, it will help spread the word. Maybe you have a facebook page and I just can’t find it, but usually other people are posting links to this page rather that the posts coming directly from you.

    • Reality VC says:

      Gretchen:
      We would rather not duplicate efforts, as there are many Facebook pages out there. We are working directly with the Vermont Flooding 2011 page and you’ll find many of our links there. Our other reason for keeping it here is that people do not have to be a member of Facebook to see our posts. Our daily volunteer posts can be found on our evening roundup, posted every evening by 7 pm.

  5. Ann Pearce says:

    You have been doing an amazing job!

    I had an idea and a query based on my limited in-the-field experiences and extensive following of your site and VermontFlooding2011 on Facebook.
    –If folks had a piece of paper to leave with those they talk to who need help, that might help spread the word. Perhaps have a word doc available online that volunteers can print out and take with them? It could be set up 4 to a page, or business card size, with just the basic info as it is presented on the top of the right hand column of this website.
    –Are you collaborating with 211 or the Red Cross at all?
    —–When I met someone who needed advocate and housing help last Monday, I called the Red Cross first. I got an answering machine, and my call still has not been returned, six days later! I ended up reaching someone who could help directly within 15 minutes by posting on VermontFlooding 2011.
    —–A friend who was helping at the 211 Call Center last week said she thought it might be taking a long time for help requests to be processed – maybe even a few weeks. I don’t know the rest of the story, though wanted to pass that along.

    Keep up the great work!
    Peace,
    Ann

  6. Melissa says:

    The problem that I have found is that the admin of the Vermont Flooding 2011 shares very little information, the site is pretty much entirely driven by its fans. I have asked the admin several times to share this site so that it will appear on everyone’s page–but to no avail. If individuals post the link to the Vermont Flooding 2011 page, then people actually have to go to the facebook page to see that it is there. So, this site is not getting as much exposure as it could through facebook.

    • Reality VC says:

      Hi Melissa:
      We hear you. Unfortunately, we do not know the administrator of the Vermont Flooding 2011 page and are not able to reach out directly. We are trying to work with all of the Facebook groups popping up to both facilitate the sharing of information and prevent duplication and confusion. Thanks for posting. Sarah at vtresponse.com

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