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
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