Arkville, Fleischmanns, Margaretville
Help Still Available for Flood Victims
Area residents affected by the flood of August 28 should know that they can still get help rebuilding their lives through the area’s Interfaith Council.
Did you lose furniture? Pots and pans? Bedding? Clothes?
Do you need assistance tearing out walls and rebuilding?
Are you housebound, unable to go for help, or to replace the things you lost?
Homeowners or tenants, young or old, families or singles are encouraged to contact their own church pastor, or to call Dorothy Maffei at the unofficial recovery headquarters in the Commons, at 845-586-4177; firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are here to help in any way, whether it’s furnishing your new home or apartment, providing a gas card so you can fill the car and get to work, or helping complete applications for aid from the government, the Mark Project, and other local and county agencies,” said Maffei. “There are many organizations involved in this recovery — Cooperative Extension, Margaretville Hospital, the Family Table, the churches and others. All are doing great work, but it can be confusing. We can help make those connections if you don’t know where to start.”
Added Rich Dykstra of the Interfaith Council, “We are really concerned about meeting people’s needs. Even the littlest things can go a long way to making people feel better and stronger, that they are going to recover from this. We have been entrusted by the greater community with a lot of resources and we want to make sure they are being used by the people who need them.”
Seven weeks after the flood, some people are still struggling with how to go forward, and are just now figuring out what needs to be done. Practical, immediate help is available to individuals and families, and there is no shame in asking for assistance. If you know someone who could use a hand, call 586-4177.
And if you have some time and the willingness to help your neighbors, there is a continuing need for volunteers to shop for folks without transportation, muck out properties, pick up and deliver furniture and to help with forms and logistics. Please call the number above if you can assist.
Targeting your donation
If you were untouched by the flood and are still looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution, check out http://rebuild123.org, a special website developed to collect the stuff that’s needed and put it in the hands of people who can use it.
Click on “Catskills” and “Middletown Flood Recovery” to see a list of general needs (dehumidifiers, tub mats, lamps, cookware), and also needed items that individual families have identified, from a vacuum cleaner to a well pump, a king size bed frame to a child’s dresser. Call Dorothy Maffei if you you’d like to supply an item and arrangements will be made to pick it up and deliver it.
“There is an extreme labor shortage in the area and there just are no hands available for sorting through, organizing and packaging random donations,” Maffei explains. “We are trying to meet very specific needs.”
The Town of Middletown has set up a website blog to keep you informed on municipal updates for roads and infrastructure, restrictions and public information. In addition daily updates will be posted about community services and support to help us recover from the flood. Visit: www.middletownfloodrecovery.wordpress.com
You can now listen to WIOX Radio on MTC Channel 10 Public Access TV Station. OR visit www.watershedpost.com.
RESETTLING DISPLACED PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES
We at MARK are continuing to assist those who are displaced due to the storm. We need landlords with available rental units to contact us with specifics. Also, if anyone knows of a displaced individual or family they should contact us immediately 845.586.3500 The MARK Project will accept applications for flood relief for both individuals and families starting this Thursday, September 15. The local community revitalization organization has been running full bore since disastrous flooding struck Arkville, Fleischmanns, Margaretville and other local hamlets on August 28 and it now has several avenues of help available. Learn more by calling 845 586-3500 or check on-line at www.markproject.org.
FOOD PANTRY / MEALS / SUPPLIES
The Family Table –
Catskill Mountain Christian Center
629 Main Street
Margaretville Methodist Church
55 Church Street
Fleischmanns United Methodist Church
Fleischmanns Relief Center is under the direction of Lynn Collins and coordinators Peg DiBenedetto, Jeanine Pascarella, Judy Shiner and Victoria Quesada.
Hours of Services have been cut back to 10am – 4pm through this weekend, September 17 and September 18. The meal program is coming to an end but food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and other items are still available. Coordination of volunteers for individual home and business mud removal, debris removal, and other cleaning needs are managed here.
There remains a need for volunteers. Hours are 8am to 8pm daily. Enter through parking lot in the rear of building.
Quarltere’s Garden Center
Route 30, Roxbury
First Presbyterian Church
89 Orchard Street
Open Mon/Tue/Wed 9 to 2
43365 State Hwy 28
Please call 845-586-4177 to donate furniture. This is necessary due to limited storage space for large items. By leaving your number further arrangements can be made to match what you have with someone who is in need of that item.
LLobet Medical Group
42082 Highway 28, Margaretville
Walk-in Clinic for health related concerns
Miller’s Drug Store
778 Main Street, Margaretville
Continues to been fully open to serve our communities.
42084 State Highway 28
The Commons Building, Margaretville
CVS has opened a temporary location (formerly Lil Sprouts) in The Commons Building, Margaretville.
Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm,
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm.
MONETARY DONATIONS that will reach our residents
The MARK Project
Catskill Flood Relief
Box 516 Arkville, NY 12406
Note preference for donation on check or donate online at: http://www.markproject.org
The Interfaith Council c/o NBT Bank (‘flood relief’)
PO Box 140, Margaretville, NY 12455
SUPPORT TO COUNTY AND REGIONAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS
United Way of Delaware and Otsego County Disaster Fund
To make a donation call: 607-432-8006
or mail your check to:
31 Maple Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
Note ‘flood relief’ on your check.
VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED TO ASSIST
If you would like to schedule a time to help any of our communities please contact Dorothy Maffei at 845.586.4177 or Jennifer Kabat at email@example.com to schedule.
HANAH MOUNTAIN RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB
576 W. Hubbell Road, Margaretville
Hanah management is seeking day workers to clean the golf course of debris. $10 per hour. Call Hanah and leave your name and telephone number. You will receive a scheduling call to begin work.