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Meggan Franks
May 2, 2014

How you can help with Mississippi Tornado Relief Efforts

May 2, 2014 by Meggan Franks

Volunteer opportunities are available in various locations across Mississippi. Below is a list of check-in sites that have opened up to register volunteers, assist them in completing the required volunteer paper work, and inform them of important safety information. Never enter a disaster area without the assistance of a local agency.


Columbus, Mississippi

There are 13 residences in Columbus that are in need of chain saws & workers to carry debris to road; another 10 just need volunteers to carry debris to the road so that city and county crews can pick it up; 1 home has LARGE logs (a tree that has already been cut up) that requires a volunteer with a tractor to move the logs; and some homes still have full trees that need to be cut up. These residences in need are mostly those of elderly and disabled individuals who have no other way other than relying on the kindness of volunteers to get this work done. Volunteer efforts are critical to overcoming the hardship placed on many from this storm and will be greatly appreciated! Volunteers are welcome any time and any day!

To volunteer, PLEASE contact Patricia Brock at United Way of Lowndes County by phone at 662-328-0943 (or by email at patricia@unitedwaylowndescounty.org after normal business hours)

OTHER NEEDS:

Food, household cleaning supplies; basic hygiene items can be brought to United Way at 223 22nd street north. The banks in Columbus have been helping  with a TOY DRIVE through this FRIDAY, MAY 23 (after that, new toys can be brought to United Way office).   Cash donations can be mailed to United Way at P.O. Box 266, Columbus, MS  39703 (write in the memo that it is for STORM RELIEF)
 
The United Way will be facilitating a COMMUNITY BASED RECOVERY COMMITTEE.  The first meeting is May 28, 9 a.m. at LOAVES & FISHES SOUP KITCHEN (also at 223 22nd st north). Click here for an outline of how this committee will look, as well as the process for individuals to get assistance.


WINSTON COUNTY (LOUISVILLE & SURROUNDING AREA):
 
To volunteer, contact:

Winston County EMA, All Hands, and AmeriCorps NCCC
Louisville Coliseum,
201 Ivy Ave.,
Louisville, MS
Phone: 513-580-8722

Samaritan’s Purse

The Samaritan's Purse is requesting more volunteers to assist with sawing downed trees and limbs and moving them for county cleanup efforts. Volunteers should check in at the Samaritan’s Purse tent at the Louisville Coliseum at 201 Ivy Ave. or go online to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/. Check-in time is 7:30am and 12:30pm.

All volunteers are encouraged to check in at the coliseum, which will enable local officials to document volunteer work hours for essential compensation to the city and county from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Make safety a top priority by wearing protective clothing such as long pants, hard sole shoes, gloves, hats and safety goggles when appropriate. Drink plenty of water and take breaks to prevent accidents cause by exhaustion.

Financial donations for disaster relief may be made through Renasant Bank or online at http://winstonstrong.com/.


LEE COUNTY (TUPELO & SURROUNDING AREA):

To volunteer, contact: 

United Way of North East Mississippi
All Saints Episcopal Church,
608 W Jefferson St.,
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-687-2735
www.unitedwaynems.org/tornado-relief-volunteer-registration


ITAWAMBA COUNTY (MANTACHIE, CENTERVILLE, RATLIFF AREA):

To volunteer, contact:

All Hands (through June 29)
Register in advance at: 
hands.org/2014-tornado-response/


RANKIN COUNTY (PEARL, FLOWOOD, BRANDON & SURROUNDING AREA):

To volunteer, contact:


United Way of the Capital Area
843 N. President Street, Jackson, MS
Phone:(601) 948-4725
www.myunitedway.com


For more information on disaster relief efforts, please visit http://www.mvc.msstate.edu  or visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MaroonVolunteerCenter or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MaroonVolunteer.