A week has gone by since severe floods ravaged Vermont. Mountain towns like Killington, Londonderry, Ludlow, Montpelier, Richmond, and Woodstock saw significant damage from the worst floods in Vermont since 1927. With rain in the forecast over this next week, more floods are possible. Recovery efforts are now underway, and there are many ways that you can help out.

If you’re looking to help out, here are volunteering opportunities, non-profits and GoFundMe’s to support.

Volunteering: Vermont Governor Phil Scott is calling on people to help out the state in its time of need. If you live in Vermont, or if you want to come visit and help out, they are asking people to register to become a volunteer. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

American Red Cross Northern New England: The most well-known non-profit is raising funds for disaster relief. So far, they’ve been bringing food, water, and clean-up kits to people affected by the floods. According to the Red Cross, the funds raised go towards “food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, and other assistance. Click here to donate.

The Vermont Community Foundation: Last Tuesday, The VCF announced that they had created a Philanthropic Fund to assist towns and communities affected by the floods. After Hurricane Irene in 2011, they raised nearly $11 million to rebuild Vermont communities. Click here to donate.

Green Mountain United Way: They are raising funds “to offer immediate support, from replacing food and possessions to making repairs and more.” Click here to donate.

Stratton Community Foundation: This nonprofit organization is located near the communities that saw some of the worst damage from the floods, so they’re working hard to help locals out. They are giving aid, dehumidifiers, food, goods & services, clothing, furniture, and repair help to those who need it. You can donate to the SCF here.

GoFundMe: There are many Vermont businesses that have started a GoFundMe to rebound from the floods. Some of these endeavors include Farmers to You, Pitchfork Farm, Shackleton Thomas, and Eight Oh Brew. You can view some of the other ones here.

Vermont Mountain Bike Association: The nonprofit is one of the big drivers of mountain biking’s rise in the state, as it built over 200 miles of trails in 2012. In addition, they maintain 1000 miles of biking trails. They are asking for donations to help chapters repair the trails affected by the floods. You can donate to them here.

For Individuals or Business Owners In Vermont: If you dealt with damage from the floods, the Internal Revenue Service is offering tax relief. If you were facing a tax filing and payment deadline that occurred starting on or after July 7, 2023, you now have until November 15th to file with the universally beloved government entity.

Here are the individuals and businesses that qualify:

  • “Individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2022 return due to run out on Oct. 16, 2023. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2022 returns were due on April 18, 2023, those payments are not eligible for this relief.
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments, normally due on Sept. 15
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns, normally due on July 31 and Oct. 31
  • Businesses with an original or extended due date including, among others, calendar-year partnerships and S corporations whose 2022 extensions run out on Sept. 15, and calendar-year corporations whose 2022 extensions run out on Oct. 16.”

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