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.
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!
“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.
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!
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!!!