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Volunteers needed to help tornado victims rebuild

Food, funds and man-hours are needed to spare citizens from the cold

According to a news release from the Athens County Emergency Management Team, volunteers are still needed to help area residents recovering from the Sept. 16 tornado and severe weather disaster in Athens County.

The release stated that the winter weather, with its freezing temperatures and snowfalls, has made the situation even direr for those families who have been unable to repair the damage to their homes.

The Athens County Long Term Recovery Committee is working with residents affected by the severe weather disaster and is coordinating work crews to help them rebuild their lives. Many people have already volunteered over the past few months, but many more volunteers are needed.

Volunteers are needed to do work such as:

  • Stump removal and tree removal
  • Roofing work
  • Interior work on homes
  • Setting up mobile homes and making sure they are level
  • Putting down carpet
  • Putting up drywall
The Athens County Long Term Recovery Committee is also looking for volunteers to work in the disaster recovery warehouse and the committee is still accepting cash donations, as well as donations of food gift cards, furniture, appliances and household items for the disaster victims.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the work crews or who would like to donate a gift card to the families should call the Athens County Long Term Recovery Committee case managers at 740-667-6672. To volunteer at the warehouse facility, call 740856-6841. To make a monetary donation to assist with the recovery efforts, send checks made out to:

The Athens Foundation, for the Athens County Long Term Recovery Committee, to The Athens Foundation, PO Box 366, Athens, Ohio 45701

Area residents who are still recovering from the disaster are strongly encouraged to call the Athens County Long Term Recovery Committee case managers and ask about the assistance that may be available to them.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency have agreed to extend the deadline for applications for assistance in some cases, but area residents should talk to the case managers before applying. The recovery committee also has other forms of assistance available for area residents. To speak with a case manager, call 740667-6672 or stop by The Plains United Methodist Church between 3-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13 or Friday Dec. 17.