River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience Group (previously known as the Long Term Recovery Group Region 1) is providing resources and connections for people in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties who are working to recover from a natural disaster or community crisis.
Recently, R2RDR provided $30,000 in funding to help 76 families in Monroe, Vernon, Crawford and La Crosse Counties who were behind on their energy bills as a result of Covid-19.
Couleecap has funding for persons in Vernon and La Crosse Counties who are affected by lost wages or job loss as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Current relief efforts are for those who experienced damage in the flooding of August/September of 2018.
Estimates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) show more than 900 families and more than 90 businesses in this region were impacted by floodwaters. River 2 Ridge is a group of volunteers striving to make sure each person and each business is able to access as many available resources as possible to continue on the road to recovery.
A natural disaster is defined as an occurrence that causes human suffering or creates collective human need that requires assistance to alleviate.
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The R2RDR group, in partnership with national Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), has hired case managers to assess the remaining unmet needs of individuals and businesses in Vernon, Crawford, Monroe and La Crosse counties.
In the meantime, the collaborative is gathering resources, from financial contributions, to volunteers, to in-kind donations to small loans to help as many people, without duplication, as possible. Priorities for funding involve safety, health and loss of income.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"