RV Dealer Helping Village Green Recovery Efforts
One of New England’s largest RV dealers has launched a nationwide fundraising effort to help Village Green Family Campground rebuild after a tornado destroyed the park June 1, according to a news release.
“We think it’s the right thing to do,” Danielle Hanoud, vice president of Marty’s USRV, Berkley, Mass., said of the park, which is located near the central Massachusetts town of Brimfield.
Marty’s USRV has pledged to contribute $1 to Village Green Family Campground on behalf of anyone who becomes a fan of their Facebook page during the month of July – up to a maximum of $1,000, according to a news release.
“We’re very pleased to see an RV dealership reaching out like this to help a campground in its time of need,” said Marcia Galvin, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Campground Owners (MACO), which has also set up a relief fund to process donations from campground owners and others who want to help Village Green Family Campground rebuild.
Village Green Family Campground owners Meg and Les Twarowski have already begun rebuilding their family owned campground and hope to open at least half of it by late October.
The tornado destroyed 95 of the 97 RVs that had been parked in the campground as well as several campground buildings, including its 3,000-square-foot pavilion, which had been a focal point for special activities and events throughout the camping season.
The camp store has also been damaged so severely that it may be condemned. The park is also covered with fallen trees and other debris, but with the help of volunteers, a cleanup effort is well underway.
Brimfield community members have also been donating food, bottled water, Gatorade, work gloves, rakes, shovels, brooms and other supplies.
As of late June, about 30% of the cleanup had been completed, Meg Twarowski said, adding that insurance adjusters are frequently coming to the park to assess the damage to privately owned RVs that were there when the tornado hit.
MACO has rallied its members to help the Twarowskis rebuild their park, and park operators from across the country are sending donations to help with the reconstruction effort, said Galvin.
She added that as of late June, MACO had received checks and pledges from about half of the association’s 75 Massachusetts members as well as checks from park operators, associations, and businesses in other states.
MACO also designated July 4th weekend as “Support Village Green Family Campground” Weekend! Participating parks pledged $1 of every site in their park to be donated to the relief fund to help rebuild Village Green.
If you would like to donate food, equipment or supplies to help with campground reconstruction effort, please contact Meg Twarowski at (413) 245-3504 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campground operators can also send donations directly to Galvin at MACO P.O. Box 47 Foxboro, MA 02035. All checks should be payable to Village Green Campground and “relief fund” printed in the memo.