Saturday, October 22 will be the first-ever 'Vermont Clean Up
Day' Gov. Peter Shumlin declared, inspired by the generosity of
Vermonters helping the state recover from Tropical Storm
Irene. Modeled on its springtime sister event - Green Up Day
- the newly created Clean Up Day will ensure all Vermont families
and communities impacted by the storm are prepared for the upcoming
"I want to start by saying thank you for everyone's outpouring of
support, incredible generosity and patience at this difficult
time," Gov. Shumlin said, speaking at a Richmond kick-off event
with organizers and volunteers involved in Irene cleanup work.
"None of us imagined the magnitude of damage Vermont would sustain
but all of us knew that once the rains eased, we would all join
together to begin the response, recovery and eventually rebuilding
of our state."
The Governor said Clean Up Day will signal an aggressive single-day
push for financial donations for Irene recovery, coordinate
volunteers with communities that need help cleaning up from the
storm, and allow people to donate to specific families who were
impacted by Irene. In future years, the event will become a way to
help all Vermonters in need prepare for the coming winter.
For Vermont Clean Up Day 2011 on October 22, there will be three
ways people can help.
1. Make a monetary donation to the VT Disaster
Relief Fund or other charity of your choice. Details for
organizations involved in the relief and rebuilding effort can be
found on the web.
2. Sign up to volunteer on Clean Up Day by joining
a volunteer team designed to tackle a project in one of our
affected communities, or organize a volunteer effort in your town
if you are aware of a need. In addition to volunteer labor, we are
also looking for skilled laborers like plumbers, electricians, and
heavy equipment operators who are willing to donate their time on
this one day to help their neighbors in need.
3. Donate to a specific need for a Vermont family
through the "goods exchange" or through your local volunteer
coordinator or food shelf. This list and your local coordinators
will match needs with goods to help families who lost their homes
and belongings get reestablished.
Visiting www.vtcleanup.org, for details.
"The last several weeks have shown that we Vermonters have a
natural instinct to help our neighbors," said Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.
"This statewide clean up day will lend some organizational support
to help those who have the greatest need. With just a few weeks
left before winter, we need to make every helping hand
Gov. Shumlin said he hopes businesses, communities, individuals,
schools and other groups will enthusiastically participate in Clean
Up Day projects, much as they do for the anti-litter Green Up Day
event. He said the need for help providing everything from food to
furniture, to mucking out basements and clearing debris, and much
more has never been greater.
"I hope that all Vermonters will participate in this special day in
at least one way - or better yet, all three ways," Gov. Shumlin
said. "If we all lend a hand and do a little it will mean a lot to
those in need."