Campaign to help Schoharie
February 21, 2012
Elected officials, community leaders and county residents gathered last week at Lasell Hall in Schoharie to announce the launch of the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery organization’s Green Ribbon Campaign, which will raise funds to support long-term disaster recovery assistance in the communities affected by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.
SALT staff discussed their organization’s commitment to the region and provided an update on the work that has been accomplished in the months since the storms brought devastating flooding to towns and villages in Schoharie and Greene counties.
“Despite the amazing progress that has been made, much work remains to be done to bring our communities back,” said the Rev. Sherri Mayer-Veen, Chair of the SALT Board. “The funds and other resources raised through the Green Ribbon Campaign will be used to help rebuild our region.”
SALT was founded in the immediate aftermath of the storms to provide interfaith and inter-agency resources, advocacy, healing, support, and recovery assistance to those affected by disaster. SALT’s volunteer board includes representatives from private business, public agencies, the agriculture and farming community, and faith-based organizations; in the near future, three paid staff members will be added to coordinate SALT’s disaster recovery efforts.
Beginning in March, SALT will collaborate with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee’s “Green Shirts” volunteers, who will go door to door through the region to identify those areas in most need of assistance.
The information gathered by the Green Shirts will be provided to SALT, who will ensure that assistance is directed to those areas most in need.
The event also marked the launch of SALT’s Green Ribbon Campaign, which will raise funds to support the organization’s disaster recovery efforts.
Green ribbons will be available at businesses throughout Schoharie and Greene counties, including at Bank of Richmondville locations.
Those wishing to purchase a “virtual green ribbon” can do so by visiting http://www.saltdevelopment.org.