We Got Your Back, Bonnie

Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

When severe flooding visited the city of Barre, VT, last week, Bonnie Plante was the unlucky resident whose home sustained the most damage in town. Three feet of water left mud, silt, and debris in the basement and first floor of the place she’d call home for most of her life. Bonnie had lost many of her belongings, but TR members were able to salvage roughly 4,000 square feet of property which contained several keepsakes. She referred to the team as her “guardian angels” and planted multiple hugs on those who deployed on Operation: Granite Thunder.

Volunteer Brian Harlow receives a thank you from Bonnie.
Volunteer Brian Harlow receives a thank you from homeowner Bonnie Plante of Barre, Vermont.

Bonnie also shared that her grandfather served in the U.S. Army during WWI. Region 1 volunteer Brian Harlow added, “This was the feel-good project of the weekend.” Thank you for sharing your story with us, Bonnie, and giving us another opportunity to serve.

Fifteen members deployed to Barre, VT and logged 540 hours over a weekend to help homeowners affected by flooding.
Fifteen members deployed to Barre, VT and logged 540 hours over a weekend to help homeowners affected by flooding.