Gamers Host Charity Auction to Benefit Flood Victims

In the wake of the disastrous flooding that hit so much of southern Vermont, isolating whole towns from the outside world, it can be paralyzing to try to figure out how to help.

Matt Golec of the Upper Valley hit on the idea of holding a game auction to supplement the usual fundraising efforts. This way we can engage people who want to support the recovery effort in Vermont from outside the surrounding area.

Matt has a geeklist set up on Boardgamegeek. He’s asking only people invited to list items do so. Bidders can be from anywhere in the world. Members listing items will collect the fees and donate them to the Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Red Cross agency to aid immediate short term relief efforts. I plan to go through my game library for auction candidates when I get home tonight.

If you’d like to read more about flood recovery efforts in Vermont, I recommend the following sources:

Further, if you have a moment, please help spread the word about initiatives to aid flood recovery like Matt Golec’s. Every little bit helps and that it’s a locally-born endeavor makes it even more powerful.

[Reposted in part from Held Action.]

How to Follow Along with Irene


Now that the storm is over, Facebook and Twitter have lit up with information about the storms. Here’s a couple of ways in which you can follow along.

On Twitter:

The hashtag #VTIrene is being used for information: it’s a catch all for everything to do with the storm, from recovery to news, photos and updates about the storm.

The hashtag #VTResponse is being used to help coordinate volunteers to help respond to the storm.

Governor Shumlin, over on @VTGovernor, is also a fantastic place to get up to date information throughout the day. He’s been very responsive with information.

On Facebook:

Vermont Flooding 2011 is a great place to go as a community bulletin board for information: go take a look and contribute if you can!

Follow us on Twitter (@GeekMtnState) for information as we get it.

Flood, Day 2

We’re going to hold off on posting our Geek Things post until more roads are fixed: the recommendation that we’ve heard is to stay off the road and to let the work crews do their job.

The devestation that we’ve seen in the state is just mind-blowing: towns and streets are turned into post-apocalyptic wastelands, while minutes away, life gets on fairly normally. Yesterday, I walked around Northfield, Vermont, where Water Street lived up to its name: houses and roads were covered with mud, belongings out on the sidewalk and roads ripped to shreds. Pictures from other towns around the state showed similar images from around the state. We’re truely fortunate here in Montpelier that we weren’t hit as hard as other places, and we wish everyone the best as they work to recover. If there’s anything that we can do, be sure to let us know.

Still, for all of the horrible stories that we’ve seen, three fatalities in the state, roads, homes and livelihoods destroyed, The Alchemist in Waterbury closed for the foreseeable future, there’s stories of people doing the extrordinary: our story earlier this morning from Jen Vaughn, saving a library from the water, rescue personnel bringing people out of harm’s way, and the crews working to restore power: these are the stories that give us hope, and allow us to keep going.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Bartleby’s Books & Irene

Bartleby’s Books, in Willmington, Vermont, one of the towns hardest hit by the flooding, recieved some national attention from the LA Times earlier today:

Hurricane Irene dumped 6 inches of rain on Vermont, pushing many waterways over their banks. Rising floodwaters meant bad news for many businesses, including Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, Vt.

Bartleby’s Books owner Lisa Sullivan says that the building is standing but flooded, the stock ruined, and that she is awaiting help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Shelf Awareness.

Full article here.

“We will rebuild.” There’s something so great about hearing the resiliance in Vermonters. If nothing else, this storm has demonstrated the willingness of neighbors helping each other: I’ve seen this in both Montpelier and Northfield today, as people worked to clean up the streets.

Vermont Flood

There’s no Geek Things to be listed today: the flooding that hit Vermont last night has rendered upwards of 250 roads closed or damaged, and we’d like to encourage people to check up on the streets that are local before heading out. If you do go out, please be careful.

We’ll be retweeting information over on @GeekMtnState and will be bringing some updates to you from here.