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Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy made a forceful appearance along the coast of New York and New Jersey. The media marked the anniversary by featuring stories not only about the devastation Sandy caused, but also about the affected communities’ progress toward recovery.On Monday, the Schenectady Gazette ran an article highlighting the key factors that helped some areas progress more rapidly than others. The article was based on an Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey coordinated by Professor Kathleen Cagney of the University of Chicago.  The survey results stated that factors such as “neighbor helping neighbor,” “trust in a community,” and “looking out for each other” are important in determining how prepared communities feel. In other words, they are indicators of a community’s “social resilience”.  The findings of this survey confirm what Purdue University’s Professor Daniel Aldrich found when he studied Japenese communities affected by the 2011 tsunami that killed 18,000.They also confirm my opinion about why the Schoharie Creek Basin has progressed so quickly through the rebuilding phase of recovery and is moving into renewal.  Our area fit these criteria before Irene and Lee hit. That “social resiliency”, as it is referred to in the Gazette article, was already in place.   As we continue to move forward into renewal, this underlying strength will gird the area for continuing progress and for developing the potential that has been released by Irene’s visit.This week Ken Dingee and I spoke to the Scotia Rotary Club to update their members on our progress in recovery and the needs that remain. Early in the meeting, a Rotarian asked for help for a local family whose home had recently burned. He noted that the father is both a teacher and a coach and that the family has three children. Following his appeal, the club “passed the hat” to collect funds to assist this family. In a few short minutes, $500 was contributed.

Afterward, Ken and I presented our SALT update and closed with our own appeal for assistance. Despite having just stepped up and supported a family with immediate needs and discussed a number of other community needs, the group immediately pledged to help SALT.   Yes, Rotary is a service organization known for its commitment to helping others.  The generosity the Scotia club demonstrated to Ken and me this week certainly proved this to be true.

Preparations for this year’s holiday season have already begun. The Christmas Collaboration, a four-year-old group of local agencies and churches, is gathering toys and gift cards to share with local families at Christmas. This group is another positive outgrowth of the Irene/Lee disaster.  As local agencies were unable to meet the increased need for holiday baskets in 2011, the Christmas Collaboration formed to fill the gaps. They are still filling the gaps four years later.

The Collaboration will be collecting financial donations, toys, gifts, and gift cards beginning next week. Items may be delivered to the Dollar General stores or to the Schoharie County Head Start building, 114 Lark Street, Cobleskill.  Families who would like to receive a basket for Christmas may apply at Catholic Charities, 489 West Main Street, Cobleskill on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am-2pm November 3rd through December 5th (excluding the Friday after Thanksgiving). SALT is pleased to participate in this important service to our community’s families.

More outstanding volunteers! Two young men from the Schoharie Latter Days Saints church, Elder Jacob Jepsen and Elder Tyler Richins, have served SALT weekly for several months. Cathleen Cox is another faithful volunteer, who has been assisting in the office twice weekly for a number of months. Cathleen has been cataloguing years of news articles and creating scrapbooks that form a valuable historic record of SALT’s activities.  Many thanks to these invaluable folks!

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