A BUILDING FOR KEEPVOLUNTEERING.ORG!!!

You have helped us raise thousands to help families affected by disaster and assist in disaster relief efforts, now lets show them what you are made of again!  We have found a building!!! Although, non-profit, working to obtain our 501c3 Status, we need your help to get in the building!

This building will not only provide an office area and warehouse for us BUT it will allow us to house volunteers, it has a full kitchen, it has a bathroom (with shower) and a room off the office, big enough for people to sleep.  The building was built to where the owner can easily expand if need be.  There is plenty of room for a community tornado shelter (which is in our future plan) and community garden.  The building’s office area will allow us to accommodate volunteers that come in to update and inform via the web.  The warehouse has plenty of room to hold the machinery needed to immediately respond to disasters.  There is extra storage shed on the backend on the building.  This building will allow us to have a place to put the donations we receive somewhere other than our livingroom, laundryroom and downstairs. 😉

This building sits on 3.395 acres.  This will allow us to be one of the VRCs (Volunteer Registration Centers) for VOAD.  The acreage will also make it possible to set up a cooking tent/soup kitchen in the event of another local disaster.  This property will only help us, but it will help our community even more.

We have to raise $290,000 in order to get into the building.  There are so many ways you can help raise money!  Give up your birthday, run a race, sell lemonade, sell baked goods, shave your mustache…grow a mustache!  You can do anything to fundraise for KeepVolunteering.org. We need your help to reach our goal!

REMEMBER…THIS IS A SPECIAL PROJECT!  ALL OUR DONATIONS ARE EARMARKED FOR PARTICULAR TASKS OR (FAMILY) PROJECTS.  THIS IS A PROJECT FOR KEEPVOLUNTEERING.ORG.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO US THAT YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING.

GREAT NEED TO FOOD AND VOLUNTEERS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY JANUARY 23RD TORNADOES!

Alabama has once again been hit with devastating tornadoes.  This time it is not as widespread throughout the south, although it did cover quite a bit of Alabama once again.  With April 27th still fresh on everyone’s mind, everyone took the tornado warnings very seriously and took shelter.

Please keep in mind that the damage is mostly to residential, some of which are VERY low income and elderly communities. This is not a federal disaster therefore the funds are just not there.

Over the past 10 months we have had the pleasure of working closely with another organization in feeding 1000s of people.  Food4Disasters.org is an awesome organization who will be setting up in the city of Clay in order to cook for those affected by the January 23rd Tornadoes.  We need your help in supporting them!

Please contact us if you can assist with any of these. We are also looking for monetary donations to help with further expenses. Call 256.429.9254 or email. Thank you so much!

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS!

From Food4Disasters.org
“We have confirmed and dedicated our volunteers and equipment to set up and provide hot meals for Clay/Chalkville. The City officials requested us to help manage mass feeding for long term needs of their area. We have only limited start up supplies as we were not fully recovered from 2011 storms where we fe d over 36,000 meals. We need the support of our Christian brothers and sisters to manage what they have asked of us. We are asking for operating funds to buy cooking and travel gas as an immediate and most urgent need. I will have a more detailed material list after Saturday. We intend to obey what God h as shown as His will. We know if it is His will, we will be part of this relief effort.”

The immediate need is:
Any type chicken – boneless if possible.
*If you pay more than a dollar/pound they can get it for a dollar/pound at the site.

fingers
boneless/skinless
breasts
hamburger meat
mixed vegetable cans
soup stock
commercial beef stew bag
crackers

VOLUNTEERS:

We need help with preparation and serving the volunteers and tornado victims THIS SATURDAY!

Serve time is from 12-1:30, although preparations will start at 8:00.  Location below!

Clayridge Baptist Church
6712 Old Springville Road, Clay, AL

Keep Up The Holiday Spirit, Even After The Holidays!

KeepVolunteering.org had the honor and blessing to deliver hundreds of gifts to hundreds of families throughout North Alabama.  While doing so, we traveled back into areas that were extremely hard hit.  It seems that there are still a great deal of areas that are in great need.

Our point in saying this is, we are going into yet another season of tornadoes.  We certainly don’t hope for or anticipate anything close to the devastation we experienced on April 27th, but we still have so much to do to help those affected by the April 27th tornadoes.  We plan on going into other disasters but this is our home and we need to be sure to not forget.

As we went through Hackleburg, we saw that some of our families that were in FEMA trailers, were not longer in FEMA trailers, they had been taken away.  We need to find out why, what happened to 18 months and what the families plan to do now.  We also have families here that are still struggling to recover.

KeepVolunteering.org is in need of volunteers.  We need people with compassion, time and dedication.  We are not asking for a great deal of time just what you can give.  We are growing and plan to continue to do so but we can only do that is with your help.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please email info@KeepVolunteering.org or call 256.429.9254.  We look forward to working with you!

Thank You To All Our Grassroots Volunteers!

Thank You To All The Grassroots Volunteers Who Supported KeepVolunteering.org! from KeepVolunteering.org on Vimeo.

This is our little thank you to all the Grassroots Volunteers who supported us, helped us, spread the word about us, donated to us, and volunteered with us!

Thank You To All The Grassroots Volunteers Who Supported KeepVolunteering.org! from KeepVolunteering.org on Vimeo.

A Family Who Lost Everything Has Made Such An Unselfish Christmas Request

There is a family that those of us at KeepVolunteering.org have grown to love dearly.  In December of 2010, the week before Christmas, they lost their oldest child that was special needs .  As if that was not hard enough for them to deal with, they then lost their home in the April 27th tornadoes.  Not only did they loose their home but so did their father, brother and sister-in-law.  Then in June of this year, the husband lost his job.  Things have really piled up for this family this year.  Our goal was to get this beautiful family in their new home before Christmas rolled around.  It looks like things are about 2 weeks behind.

Despite all of this, when I ask the wife what their needs were she asked one thing.  She asked that we try to help her friend.  Her friend has had a rough year too….a rough couple of years.  Read below to get the whole story.

In December of 2007, my husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with cancer. Surgery was scheduled immediately, not knowing if it had spread to his lymph nodes or not. He underwent 2 aggressive surgeries within 3 months of each other. The first to remove the mass and any nearby tissue & lymph nodes. His physician decided it was a good idea to do a complete lymphectomy of the face & neck and partial removal of the parotid gland.
After 2 years of routine check ups and scans that all came back ok a strange mass appeared. Due to its rapidly increasing size and location Jeff’s physician decided to send him to UAB to a head & neck specialist. After a consult and the tumors ever increasing size surgery was scheduled ASAP.
We knew the risks of this surgery but the benefits outweighed them. September 7th was probably one of the longest days and just when I couldn’t stand it anymore the nurse called us back into the room to wait for the surgeon to come out. He came in and told us that everything went well and he felt that he got the majority of the cancer but had to sever Jeff’s facial nerve due to the tumor being so large and wrapped completely around it this has caused paralysis on the entire left side of his face. There were more tumors in the lymph nodes in Jeff’s neck that had presented since his scan a couple of weeks prior and the surgeon was almost certain that they would test positive for cancer as well. He said Jeff would need to go through 6-8 weeks of radiation treatment to eradicate whatever if anything was left. He explained Jeff would have to teach himself how to eat given the paralysis and would also have to undergo surgery as soon as the occuloplastic surgeon would schedule an appointment to implant a gold weight so that Jeff’s eyelid would close without him having to manually close it.  If not he could lose his eye.  As happy as we were that everything went well we were both upset & concerned about what was ahead of us.
After a few weeks and an ok to proceed, we travelled back to Birmingham on October 3rd to have a gold weight implanted into his eyelid.  The surgery went well and we got to go home the same day.  Jeff had to train his body to relax so that he could close his eyelid.
He  was released by both physicians in Birmingham, so on October 17th began radiation here in Huntsville.  At first he thought he could work like normal but after a few days his body just would not let him.  He then tried working in the morning that became too much for him as well.  Thankfully his employer has offered to pay his health insurance until he returns back to work.
Here we are 90 days after his first surgery, 7 weeks into radiation, and 70 days without our sole provider working-We have eaten up what little bit of money we had saved up and have had to apply for all kids for our 3 children, food stamps and Social Security Disability. Fortunately, the sweet people at the Department of Human Resources expedited our case and we were given food stamps almost immediately.  Jeff’s Social Security Disability will not be paid until he has been out of work for 5 months, this will not pay out until mid April. The children’s insurance coverage has not been approved as of today.   Which puts another layer of stress on Jeff & me given the ages of our children.
Presently Jeff sleeps about 20 out of 24 hours a day, his mouth is covered in ulcers, is unable to eat much of anything and has lost 35 pounds.
We need a bridge between the gap from now until his disability begins.

14 Year Old Boy: iTunes gift card, game stop gift card, he likes Aeropostale & American eagle.

10 Year Old Girl: anything from justice or a gift card, anything crafty, iTunes gift card.

6 Year Old Boy: game stop gift card, anything Legos, matchbox anything

If you can join us in helping these families please contact us. 256.429.9254 or info@KeepVolunteering.org  We have seen some miraculous things happen over the past 7 months and especially in the past week, we know it is possible. Please consider join us, for we all know, KeepVolunteering.org would not accomplish anything if it weren’t for the Grassroots volunteers like you! We love you all and hope you have a Merry Christmas!

KeepVolunteering.org Needs Help Providing For Families

Lately families have been coming out of the woodworks as far as needs are concerned.  The things we are finding are situations like they cannot keep their utilities on, they cannot pay mortgage, they cannot buy food because they are paying mortgage or utilities.  They are having to choose between the one or the other.  This becomes even harder the closer we get to Christmas.  Because donations of clothing, diapers, baby clothes, and some personal hygiene items far out weigh the monetary donations, we try to take some of the stress and weight off by providing those things, which we have found that most of them go without.  Can you imagine waking up every morning and not having toothpaste or deodorant just because you had to decide between that and food?  It is not a good feeling.

We have been blown away at how many families are in this position.  About four weeks ago, we found a family living in their backyard out of a tent.  They have since then received a trailer from a church and are working on getting caught up with all the debt they incurred directly after the tornadoes.

These families are dealing with things like insurance companies not coming through, outrageous vet bills because they had to board their pet because they had to stay in a hotel, or they could not pay mortgage because they were staying in a hotel costing them over $1000 per week.

This past weekend, we received another family that lost their house completely.  They are living in a FEMA trailer although the dad’s left arm was crushed and he is unable to work.  They have sold everything they can just to eat, even down to their wedding bands.

Regardless of all of this, all the families we have encountered are so grateful and not the types to ask for a handout.  In fact it is very difficult for them to take the help but they know they need to in order to survive.  They are putting everything they have into rebuild efforts, or just paying what bills they can.

Needless to say, these families will not be having much of a Christmas and we are trying to help with that.  We have found some resources but still are not able to provide for all of them.  If you are able to help with any of this please contact us info@KeepVolunteering.org or 256.429.9254.  PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING STEPS TO HELP SO WE CAN KEEP FROM DUPLICATING EFFORTS!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

KeepVolunteering.org Is Expanding and Growing!

KeepVolunteering.org partners with local organizations in each location to build and rehabilitate our communities hit by disasters. Over time our goal is to develop 5 fleets strategically positioned within a 500 mile radius of Huntsville, Alabama. Appropriate technologies are crucial for providing sustainable solutions.

We cannot do this without those who support us!  Please take time to share what we are doing!  There is so much power in word of mouth and social media.

Below are the steps we have taken to start.

To Start.

We make connections. We network. We build relationships in other communities.

Meanwhile.

We start to build one First Response Disaster Relief Fleet.

Bobcat T750 – $63,900

Purpose:

The Bobcat T750, will allow our fleets to go into disasters and clear roadways, debris and make it possible for public emergency response crews (medical, police, fire fighters, utility crews) to focus on the emergencies they are trained for.

This is the work horse of each fleet. Having two T750 will allow us to get the work done quickly and more efficiently.

Ford F350 – $46,372

Purpose

The Ford F350 is a 4×4 crew cab with an 8 foot box able to carry volunteer crews and tools into disaster area.

Flatbed Trailer – $3,849

Purpose

The flatbed trailers will carry the Bobcat T750 loaders. These heavy-duty trailers will assure the safe arrival of necessary equipment for helping others.

Enclosed Trailer – $5500

Purpose

With an enclosed trailer we will be able to carry the necessary tools and gear for disaster relief such as chainsaws, shovels and rakes.

The Enclosed Trailer would also carry the following:

Chainsaws
2 STIHL Magnum 1138 (28” bar) $1759.90
4 STIHL 1140 series (18” bar) $1339.90
Climbing Gear
2 Deluxe Spur Climbing Kit $1318.00
In Addition: Tarps, Shovels, Rakes, Miscellanious tools useful for responding to a disaster.

70Ft Bucket Truck – $100,000

Purpose

With the 70 foot bucket truck on each fleet, we will be able to go into disaster areas and surgically remove the trees leaning, limbs still attached and hanging from trees. We will be able to help more people and possibly save more lives!

70Ft Crane Truck – $100,000

Purpose

The 70 ft crane truck on each fleet will allow us to lift objects as heavy as 70 tons so that we can clear debris from roads and land affected.

5th Wheel trailer – $45,820

Purpose

One of our biggest issues is accommodating volunteers in disaster areas they are unfamiliar with or do not have their own equipment on hand. As a remedy for future disaster response, we can have the necessary tools for our volunteers on location.

10,000Sq/Ft Building and Land – $80,000

Purpose

With the purchase of heavy machinery we will need the building and land to store the equipment. This building will need to be at least 5000sq/ft and up to 10000 sq/ft. There will be a need for 10+ acres for the option of dumping, recycling and burning.

Then.

Our future goal is to have 5 working fleets, strategically located in 4 places
within the 500 mile radius, to store the fleets in order to save fuel costs and work more
efficiently. Ongoing we will use the equipment for preventative measures to lessen the
impact of future disasters.