The fundraising arm of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee is the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund. Monies donated to this fund will be matched by the Province 2 to 1; no conditions may be attached to the donation and all donations will be tax deductible. All administrative costs will be paid by the province, not donated funds.
If you would like to make a financial donation to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund, you can do so at any Chartered Bank and the Goderich Community Credit Union.
You can also donate directly, either in person or by mail. Make cheques payable to: Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund
And mail or deliver your cheque to:
Disaster Relief Fund
Goderich Town Hall
57 West Street
Goderich, Ontario N7A 2K5
Please remember to include your name and mailing address with your cheque.
Contributions are welcome for the replacement of trees on public lands in the Town of Goderich.
On August 21, 2011 an F3 Tornado struck the Town of Goderich. The downtown commercial core and residential and industrial properties throughout the town were devastated in the high winds. We lost many historic buildings both commercial and private. We also lost many, many trees. In the historic Court House Park there were 97 trees before the tornado, today there are only 6. The centre of Lions Harbour Park was "clear cut" by the winds that gusted to over 300 km/hr. Our landscape has been altered significantly.
But we are a proud and resilient community that is dedicated to rebuilding "The Prettiest Town in Canada". There are plans to do an initial replanting in Harbour Park this fall with additional planting in the spring of 2012. The community is engaged in consultations to rebuild and replant Court House Park; we are hiring landscape architects and other professionals to assist us in envisioning the future. There are concrete plans to plant trees this spring to replace those lost on the boulevards of our beautiful town.
Your contribution will help us to purchase more trees, more varieties of trees and more mature trees. We want to sincerely thank you for contributing to our recovery. We invite you to participate in community planning that will take place over the next six months and we welcome you to come and see our progress as we rebuild with a focus on the future. Replanting of trees on public lands will be an important part of our recovery stage and financial donations will be most appreciated.
Cheques are to be made payable to:
Town of Goderich
57 West Street
Goderich, ON N7A 2K5
Please mark on cheque that the donation is for "trees".
Goderich Town Council has approved the information below to be placed on the Town of Goderich website concerning the Goderich Trees Project, on private lands subject to the following:
The Goderich Trees Project is an initiative by a non-incorporated grass roots group of individuals impacted by the F3 tornado that hit Goderich, Ontario on August 21, 2011. Our goal is to assist private property owners with replacing trees and greenery, knowing that this advocating endeavor will work to help heal our landscape, and in turn help heal our people.
The Goderich Trees Project is in no way affiliated with or represtative of the Town of Goderich or any municipal tree planting project on municipal lands. We are a non-incorporated, grass roots driven group of volunteers ONLY.
We are working with the Goderich EdgeFund which can be accessed through www.edgefund.org and reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our project receives assistance through the "Essence and Environment" heading. We are dovetailing with their mandate to contribute funds to projects that help restore the built, natural and cultural heritage of our community. The EdgeFund has established charitable designation and as such can issue tax receipts to donors. By working with EdgeFund we hope to generate revenue through donations for ongoing planting projects. To date we have been able to purchase eight large caliper tress that were successfully planted on eight different private properties this fall.
Locally, private residential tree request forms can be picked up at the East Street Train Station. More information can also be provided by calling 211. The requests are processed to assess need and placed in the Spring Campaign folder. We have a blog to keep people informed and updated at http://goderichtrees.wordpress.com and have a webpage at http://www.fb.com/goderichtrees. I can also be reached at email@example.com to help connect donors to recipients and answer any questions.
Over the winter months we plan a mass media campaign to build up to a larger scale spring campaign. The GTP is pleased to have donated a booth to host our project at the 2012 Landscape Ontario Congress in Toronto. We include Ontario Power Generation and Trees Ontario as being of assistance to our project.
There are so many stories from our residents that haven't been told yet but part of the loss we sustained was our trees. The privacy and comfort they provided us, the shade, the shelter and part of the soul of our community as other living breathing entities. The pictures you saw of the devastation don't even begin to give you a sense of how it feels to live, work and play in a landscape devoid of them. Here is a gift that will truly keep on giving.
Sincerely, Jody Armstead
Goderich Trees Project co-ordinator
Non-monetary donations can be coordinated by calling 211. If you are calling long distance please 1.866.743.7818.
Clothing donations are welcomed at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Suncoast Drive, during regular business hours Monday to Friday 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM.
Clothing and Houshold Items continue to be received and dispersed by Saint Vincent De Paul, 441 MacEwan Street.
Food donations may be dropped off at the Salvation Army Citadel, Suncoast Drive, Goderich; hours are daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Items specifically needed include:
URGENT: The Salvation Army could use donations of following items:
Remember that people needing food items are likely to need the same things you would typically have in your home, and with back to school time upon us parents will be packing lunches for their children.
In lieu of food donations, the Red Cross and Salvation Army request consideration be given to a financial donation to the Salvation Army Disaster Food Program (1.800.725.2769). This Program is used to feed community members and responders affected by the Tornado and subsequent clean-up operations.
Gift cards are an excellent way to donate food and/or household items. Please consider it as a means to make donations.
Donations of larger household items such as furniture and appliances are appreciated but more difficult to store until people's homes are repaired or rebuilt.
Please consider holding onto any donation items (non-food) until the needs of the community are fully understood. Otherwise consider utilizing pre-existing means of exchange for these items, such as Huron County Freecycle a website dedicated to the exchange of items for free.
The Goderich Signal Star is offering free word adds to people wanting to exchange needed items or available items that were affected by the tornado. Visit the office at 120 Huckins Street, or call 519.524.2614.