Months after massive flooding devastated the region in July, and with ongoing weather threats that have carried into 2024, the Greensboro Association continues to support local organizations assisting those most impacted with funds raised through its Community Relief Fund.

In its 90 year history, the Greensboro Association has distributed grants to local organizations whose efforts serve those directly within the greater Greensboro community.  But the summer 2023 flooding saw the greatest need in recent memory, and many in our local communities continue to struggle with food insecurity and basic living and housing needs. Together with members and community donations, the GA raised over $80,000 in the weeks following the July floods to aid in recovery efforts and continues to accept donations. Because of the Greensboro Association’s deeply connected relationships with local organizations, businesses, and community members providing vital services throughout our community, it has been able to direct the monies raised to those most affected in our local community and those for whom other resources, including state and federal emergency funds are not available or sufficient. Recent flooding and climate swings continue to create instability this winter, increasing the unmet needs of many in our community. 

“These most recent GA grants reflect the longer-term needs of our community supporting the next phase of recovery and resiliency, strengthening our community to mitigate future disasters.  The Grants team is also coordinating with others in the Northeast Kingdom in order to view all area needs, and encourage coordination between organizations,” said Cathy Irwin, President of the Greensboro Association.

Recipients of the latest rounds of grants include Greensboro United Church of Christ, Smith’s Grocery, Center for an Agricultural Economy, Hardwick Area Food Pantry, Neighbors in Action, The Civic Standard, Greensboro Land Trust for Porter Brook Trail repair, Northeast Kingdom Organizing, and the Kingdom United Resiliency & Recovery Effort, which is a new entity formed to manage the long term recovery work in the NEK in coordination with FEMA and other regional, state, and federal partners. Funds will be used for things like construction materials to support ongoing infrastructure and housing repairs in the area, food and meals for those in need, and individual needs of those directly impacted by the disaster.  

“Food security, housing, transportation, mental and physical health, safety, child care, social isolation and connection are all things our communities have been grappling with. The recent floods and ongoing climate swings have continued to exposed the vital needs in our community and we [the GA Grants Committee] feel fortunate to be able to partner with such a dedicated array of organizations and community volunteers who are working to address both immediate needs while also strengthening our local systems and networks,” said Naomi Ranz-Schleifer, co-chair of the GA Grants Committee.