Monday, March 21, 2016

VOLUNTEERS ASSISTING MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOOD

PEARL – Thousands of volunteers are pouring into Mississippi’sflood affected areas to offer support to flood survivors. Volunteer efforts are often the first step of the recovery process and one of the most important aspects of long term recovery.To help with Mississippi’s flood response, go to www.msdisasterresponse.org. This portal is a place to register as a volunteer. For people who cannot volunteer but want to help, the portal also accepts monetary donations to assist with volunteer efforts.

Volunteer Reception Centers are opening to assist with coordinating volunteer efforts in flood affected areas. Volunteers should check-in at the VRCs to ensure volunteer efforts are being coordinated.

VRCs are opening at the following locations (others could open based on needs):
Coahoma/Quitman counties: Coahoma County Higher Education Center, 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Washington County/Greenville: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3600 Glendale Road in Greenville. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Forrest County/Hattiesburg: R3SM, 301 Buschman Street in Hattiesburg. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (This center will open Monday, March 21)

There are multiple voluntary and faith-based organizations helping with repairing damaged homes and basic needs like food and water, and some are even assisting affected residents with financial assistance. Several groups are assisting with coordination of volunteer efforts in affected areas.

Organizations like Volunteer Mississippi, Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Team Rubicon, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Knights of Columbus, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief, Hope Reigns/8 Days of Hope, Catholic Charities-Diocese of Biloxi, AmeriCorps and others have mobilized in Mississippi.

To sign-up to volunteer, go to www.msdisasterresponse.org or visit a Volunteer Reception Center in the affected areas.