Trail Feasibility Study: Why SALT?
Three years and 7 months ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Schoharie Area Long Term formed. The community had a need for volunteer mobilization, a streamlined communication system amongst those in need of help, and for those willing to help. Sarah Goodrich, SALT’s Executive Director, was one to answer that call. In those early days when flood waters were still spread across the valley, she and a handful of others set up a card table and a clipboard to start organizing volunteers. She knew the communities of Schoharie County well, as she was both a resident and former business-owner. Quickly over the next few days, other volunteers began showing up in the yard of the Heritage House (where the SALT office still resides) to be directed where the greatest need was. Houses were being dredged, walls knocked down, framing bleached, furniture cleaned, trash disposed of at “Mount Trashmore” (remember that mound?), people were provided meals, pets were reunited with their owners, and probably more that we can never truly put into words. Sarah’s, and countless others, early activism grew into the county-wide agency that SALT is today with thousands of volunteers who have helped put Schoharie County back together. SALT’s track record is impressive: 36,000 volunteers coordinated, 500 families assisted, $2 million in funds raised. This is incredible when you think how it started: Sarah and other volunteers banding together to start the movement of community rebuilding and recovery.