After Irene: How You Can Help Vermont (repost)

This is an excerpt from an article on the Seven Days’ website, written by Tyler Machado.

If you’re looking to volunteer somewhere, or if you need assistance, visit first. They’ve been doing amazing work linking up volunteers. That site should be your first stop if you want to lend a helping hand.


  • Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.
  • You can donate to the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.
  • You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in.
  • The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.
  • Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.
  • The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.
  • Across the lake, upstate New York got hit hard by Irene, too. Donations are being coordinated on the Irene Flood Drive Facebook page.
  • Burr and Burton Academy has started a fund to help relief efforts in the Manchester area.
  • The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note “Hurricane Relief” in the Comments section.
  • The Intervale Center has started a fund to help the farmers at Burlington’s Intervale who lost their crops to flooding. To make a contribution, donate to the Intervale and designate your donation to the “Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund.” Or mail a check payable to Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.
  • NOFA Vermont is also accepting donations for their Farmers Emergency Fund to help aid the state’s hard-hit farms.
  • The Deerfield Valley Rotary Club is taking donations to help businesses in Wilmington rebuild. Wilmington was one of the hardest-hit towns, and FEMA funds won’t cover much of the damage to private businesses.
  • The Waterbury Congregational Church has set up the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund, to help residents who need immediate financial assistance.
  • The Stratton Foundation has set up a relief fund to help the towns of Londonderry, Jamaica, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall.


  • is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. The site includes a frequently-updated blog and a forum. If you’re looking to help clean up and rebuild, or if you’re in need of assistance, visit their site.
  • The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
  • Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.
  • Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.
  • The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.
  • Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.
  • Upper Valley Haven is operating with considerably fewer volunteers due to road closings. They’re looking for volunteers who are able to travel there.
  • The state is setting up a call center in Burlington to deal with Irene recovery efforts. If you’re in the Burlington area and you can man the phones for a few hours, email governorvt [at]
  • The 802 Rescue site has set up a Vermont Disaster Outpost page with information on volunteering and meetup sites for help in towns affected by Irene.
  • The MRV Hurricane Irene Facebook page is coordinating volunteer efforts in the Mad River Valley.




Hurricane Irene

Logo for the VT Irene Fund

802Subaru will be accepting donations during meets and other gatherings on behalf of VT Irene Flood Relief Fund.

We can accept cash and credit cards on site.

Additionally Google Crisis Response has a map of Vermont with road and bridge statuses.

Missed Mirra’s Rally Car?

For those of you lucky enough to sit in Dave Mirra’s rally car, you also scored yourself a poster signed by David Higgens #75.

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a signed poster and you still want one, here’s how you get one:

1. Come to a meet
2. Donate $5 or more dollars to 802Subaru or the Humane Society of Chittenden County

We now accept credit & debit cards

Don’t have any cash at a meet and want to buy some swag? Want to donate to the Humane Society?

No problem!

We now accept credit & debit cards anywhere (that we can get AT&T coverage) via Square.

Blog Comments

We’ve made a change to the way comments are handled here on the blog. From now on you are no longer required to create a separate account, however you do need to provide an email address each time you comment.

Why are we doing this? To eliminate the multiple user accounts needed to participate on – In the future this may change again, but for right now you will only need an account to use the forum.

Where’s the money going?!

We had someone ask about the price of the decals at the last meet, and here’s what I told him:

“The proceeds (net revenue) of swag sales will be donated to the Chittenden County Humane Society and utilized to pay bills that 802Subaru has, which at this time is a small web hosting bill.”

The price of the decals includes the donation, but if you’d like you may donate additional cash to CCHS. “Keep the change!” Is an acceptable donation method 😉

Not all dealerships are created equal

Some dealerships can give you an amazing experience, while others can be a nightmare in disguise. We have a new review on our forum about a dealership in New Hampshire that’s worth a read.

Dealer Review: Subaru of Milford, NH

Continue reading “Not all dealerships are created equal”


We’re trying to gauge interest in ordering decals from our vinyl vendor RallyGrafix. We need to know who’s interested and what sizes they’d like.

Continue reading “Decals”