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Statewide volunteer effort helps Irene victims

Recovery is a long process. That's why the NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont has organized a volunteer workday on Friday, June 8 to help complete projects in the hard-hit Cavendish/Ludlow areas.

According to Peg Hale, Manager of Gilman Housing Trust's HomeOwnership Center in Lyndonville, "The five NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers across the state hold special NeighborWorks Week workdays every year to bring volunteers together to help our individual communities. This year we wanted to join forces to help where it was most needed."

An alliance of regional organizations has gathered donations of money and material, worked with local community leaders, and reached out to other organizations so that the most good can be accomplished in a short time.

Projects to be accomplished on June 8 include work at the Mountainside Youth Center in Ludlow and at various family homes in and around Ludlow and Cavendish.  The volunteers are gathering at the Cavendish Baptist Church at 9 a.m. The District Director of NeighborWorks America, Deborah Boatright is travelling from New York to greet the volunteers. Box lunches will be provided as workers head to their assigned work sites. Following a day of hard work, the volunteers will gather again at the Baptist Church for a barbeque and celebration.

"It's all about the work," said Merten Bangemann-Johnson, CEO of Gilman Housing, "But making sure volunteers enjoy the experience helps guarantee participation at future efforts, as well. There's much to be done."

Anyone interested in helping should contact Peg Hale toll free at 888 MY VT HOME, or by email at PegH@nekhome.org.  Everyone is welcomed.

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