A critical focus for us is gathering all flood relief information and organizing it in such a way that it’s most useful. We continue to gather updated community & business resources to help. We have also launched a community flood assessment survey to best understand your needs to help us marshal and highlight appropriate resources. This Assessment Survey will help us to better know how you’re affected and what resources we should focus on for you. If you have not already had a chance to participate, please complete it HERE. If you are able to help volunteer, please sign up HERE. As so many have asked how they can help, the Okemo Valley Chamber (Ludlow Rotary Club fiscal agent) to create the Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Fund for tax deductible donations. Contributions can be designated to a particular Okemo Valley town (including Ludlow, Mount Holly, Chester, Weston, Londonderry, Cavendish, Andover, Baltimore, Grafton, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Weathersfield). View a recent Okemo Valley TV episode from the Chamber all about the Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Fund. If you prefer to send in your donation by mail, please make it out to the LARCF (Ludlow Area Rotary Club Foundation) c/o OVRCC, PO Box 333, Ludlow, VT 05149. Your support is greatly appreciated!
The US SBA (Small Business Administration) in conjunction with FEMA (US Federal Emergency Management Agency) has opened the Okemo Valley Business Recovery Center (BRC02) in the Town of Ludlow for the Okemo Valley Region (including Windsor County & contiguous counties) based businesses (of all sizes), homeowners, renters & private non-profits at: 126 Main Street, (Engel & Völkers Okemo Building), Ludlow, VT 05149. The hours of operation will be Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. To better prepare for your meeting, click on the following documents:
Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Fund: small disaster fund for Okemo Valley businesses & individuals with physical damage costs not answered by flood or other insurance, crowd-funding or other grants. Grant amounts may range up to $5,000-$10,000. DEADLINE to apply: Wednesday August 23, 2023. Apply HERE.
Crown Point Board of Realtors (CPBoR): $50,000 from the Okemo Valley Disaster Fund is being distributed by local realtors to individuals impacted by the recent flooding disaster. Seek out a local REALTOR or Real Estate Office who is a member of the CPBoR and they will assist in filling out an application. Applicants must explain their unmet financial needs on the form which are those not covered by insurance, other gifts or donations. All names must be submitted via the form no later than September 6, 2023.
Vermont Emergency Eats: flood response program targeted to feed those affected by the disaster in Ludlow, Cavendish, Plymouth, Weston & Londonderry. These residents can get meal vouchers from Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow or Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry for meals at participating restaurants. The program will run from Aug. 8-31, 2023 and is sponsored by FEMA, VT Governor Phil Scott, multiple state agencies, SEVCA, Springfield Family Center & Chester Helping Hands.
MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center): Includes FEMA, Red Cross, Economic Services, SBA, etc. Travelling around the region between various locations including Ludlow Community Center, etc.
Vermont SCORE: The Champlain Valley Chapter of SCORE (formerly the Senior Corps of Retired Executives) in Vermont offers free technical assistance and workshops, many of which are now online. Learn more HERE.
Please continue to support these Chamber members during this difficult time. You can also help to support these businesses by purchasing gift cards/certificates by shopping onlineHERE, purchasing food or gift cards with DINE members, & supporting local non-profits HERE.