“When a disaster strikes, we all feel the impact and look for ways to offer help. The Vermont Community Foundation helps coordinate philanthropic response after disasters.” – courtesy of VT Community Foundation

As of July 20th, more than $2.5 million has been received in gifts or commitments to the VT Flood Response and Recovery Fund 2023 since we opened it a little over a week ago. Thousands of donations have been received from individuals, families, businesses, VCF donor advised fundholders, and from donors across the country (more than 45 states and counting) and around the world.


Ways to give:

  • Through their online giving platform via credit card, mobile pay, or bank transfer
  • Check: VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court Street Middlebury, VT 05753


Flooding in Vermont caused by torrential rains in July 2023 put downtowns and villages under water, forced residents to evacuate from their homes, washed out roads and bridges, destroyed crops, and threatened dams. The Vermont Community Foundation quickly established the VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund to help to cover immediate support as Vermont moves through this crisis, as well as essential and far-reaching recovery efforts that will be needed to build back across towns and villages, farms and families, watersheds, and homes.

all images by John Lazenby

Image courtesy of John Lazenby

Montpelier Hopebox Derby Brings Pure Joy

A Vermont Community Swamped by Flooding Enjoys A Bright Spot!!!

“When derby day dawned, it delivered a big dose of happiness. About 20 children ages 6 to 10 created nonmotorized cars for the July 22 event on a former tennis court at the Vermont College of Fine Arts hilltop campus in Montpelier. Parents and other fans formed a sizable throng to cheer on the derby participants. ‘It was pure joy,’ Reid said. ‘All the kids had huge smiles on their faces.’ ” – courtesy of Vermont Community Fund.

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