Volunteers needed to help with tornado recovery in Wadena
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, together with Lutheran Disaster Response, is working with other disaster relief and faith-based organizations to coordinate volunteers to assist those affected by the tornado that ripped through Wadena on June 17.
Volunteers are needed this week, Wednesday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to help families remove debris, rake yards, chainsaw trees and assist with general cleanup efforts.
Volunteers should pre-register by calling 2-1-1 from a landline or 1-800-543-7709 from a cell phone. Groups larger than 15 should pre-register by calling 2-1-1. No volunteers will be needed on Sunday, June 27.
Volunteers should wear work clothes and sturdy gloves and bring shovels, rakes and brooms. They will meet in Wadena at the Pamida Parking Lot, 801 Jefferson Street North, located a half mile north of highways U.S. 71 and U.S.10.
"Volunteers not only provide valuable physical help, but they also let families know that they are not alone by simply showing up and that is a great comfort," said Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
While assessments of the impact are still under way, recent reports indicate that 25 homes have been destroyed and 270 buildings affected in the Wadena community, including schools, churches and businesses.
"In the near future, we will be meeting with community leaders to determine how we can help in long-term recovery efforts," Peterson said. "In our experience, we know that it takes months and years for families and communities to rebuild their homes and lives."
To make a donation that will help families in their recovery efforts, send financial contributions to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, 2485 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, memo: Minnesota Tornadoes, or visit www.lssmn.org.