Public radio listeners are accustomed to pledge drives and the interruption (admittedly, for a good cause) in their daily listening. This is about a public radio pledge drive of a different sort.
Vermont was especially affected by Hurricane Irene, which swept up the East Coast last month. Through the wind and rain, flooding and power outages, Vermont Public Radio's reporters and staff worked tirelessly to keep their listeners informed with important safety information.
As VPR continued to report on the destruction and cleanup efforts, they heard from many concerned listeners who wanted to know how to help.
The staff of VPR did what they do best: they held a pledge drive with all donations going to hurricane relief funds.
During last week's one day drive, VPR listeners donated more than $628,000 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
VPR posted the results of the special fundraiser on their blog, saying:
It has been inspiring to see Vermonters from all walks of life reaching out to one another for support, and we were so pleased to carry that spirit of community at VPR through this special fundraising effort.
VPR's ongoing coverage of the hurricane's aftermath can be heard on their air and online at www.vpr.net