WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Community Fund for the Spruces has announced that thanks to an outpouring of support in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, the fund has raised over $77,000 to date.
Contributions have ranged from $20 to $25,000, with donations coming from local organizations, churches, individuals, families and foundations. According to a press release, a recent Mount Greylock Middle School dance alone raised $831 for the fund.
Liz Costley, chairwoman of the coordinating committee for the fund, reports that 71 Spruces residents have received funding, with grants averaging nearly $400. Funding has provided support for temporary housing, food and transportation, as well as for relocation expenses including security deposits, moving costs and replacement appliances.
The fund is still seeking donations, and they can be sent or delivered to the Williamstown Savings Bank. Costley, said that the needs of The Spruces residents will outstrip available resources in a few weeks without additional donations.
Spruces residents can still apply for aid from the fund, and applications are available at the First Congregational Church's emergency response office, the Williamstown Savings Bank, Town Hall, other local churches and the public library. Completed applications should be returned to the Williamstown Savings Bank.