Town of Jay
Our working communities – encompassed by the Adirondack Park – have their roots in the lumber industry but in modern times have become more diverse. Upper Jay, once the home of numerous businesses and the Land of Make-Believe, is a quiet community with a creative streak, thanks to a thriving library, several small businesses and the Upper Jay Art Center/Recovery Lounge. Jay is headquarters to one of the largest private employers in Essex County, Ward Lumber, is a center for music thanks, to the Jay Entertainment & Music Society (JEMS) and home to the Town's iconic covered bridge at the popular Jay Falls. Au Sable Forks, the seat of town government, is the largest of the three hamlets with a main street undergoing a long-planned revival that hosts a growing number of small businesses and several thriving churches.
The impact of Hurricane Irene was felt in all three hamlets and in the surrounding countryside. In the aftermath, neighbors in this independent-minded community reached out to help each other in small and heroic ways. But even with all the care and support we can give each other, the economic loss – entire homes, livelihoods, and businesses – is beyond our means. Your donation is critical to the continued vibrancy of our communities. Please be generous.
Jay Flood Relief Committee (JFRC) is a group of residents from the Towns of Jay and Keene who are volunteering their time to respond to the needs of our neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Besides shoveling mud, preparing food, coordinating efforts with municipalities, local agencies and relief organizations like the Red Cross, JFRC supporters are establishing a resource network to get goods and services to those in need, and are actively fundraising to help those affected by floods in our community. JFRC is not currently accepting funds directly; all monies go directly to the Jay Irene Relief Fund or to charities of your choice via links on this website. The Jay Fund Relief Committee is a private committee established by citizens of the Towns of Jay and Keene and is in no way associated with or sponsored by the Town of Jay.
Town of Jay Liaisons:
The Jay Irene Relief Fund - The Town of Jay has established a restricted fund through the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) called the Jay Irene Relief Fund. The purpose of the fund is to accept tax deductible donations which will in turn provide aid to individuals, families, cultural institutions and businesses which suffered flood related damages not otherwise compensated or addressed by insurance, FEMA or other government or non-government relief efforts. The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) is the community foundation serving the Adirondack Region. ACT helps connect people who care with causes that matter. All donations to the fund at ACT are fully tax deductible and will be allocated to victims of the flooding in the Town of Jay (including the hamlets of AuSable Forks, Jay and Upper Jay). Read the Press Release, letter from Supervisor Randy Douglas & Grants Review Process for more information about the creation & operation of this fund.
The Jay Irene Relief Fund was created solely by the Town of Jay and will be administered by the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) and is in no way associated with, controlled or operated by the Jay Flood Relief Committee. The Jay Flood Relief Committee fully supports Jay Irene Relief Fund and urges all interested to generously donate to the fund.
For more information about the Jay Irene Relief Fund, contact: Archie Depo - Email: email@example.com
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