Volunteer Efforts Ongoing
By Office of Communication
Posted on April 06, 2012, April 06, 2012

The Arlington community has often been described as one with a strong "can do' attitude. That spirit has been very much in evidence in the community's collective response to the April 3 tornados, as hundreds of residents have stepped forward with generous offers of support for those whose homes were damaged.

"We've been very impressed by the volume of calls and emails we've received from community members who want to help,' said Arlington Police Community Support Manager and volunteer coordinator Stephanie Gillespie. "We are very grateful to those who have responded, it says a lot about our city's character.'

In fact, there's been such an overwhelming response to the situation the City has more volunteers than jobs for them to do. Volunteer opportunities are currently limited, but assistance is needed with partnering agencies.

Want to volunteer? Here's what you need to do. Register at the volunteer table at the Tornado Recovery Center at 5501 McAndrew. Please do not show up in the affected neighborhoods. Parking capacity is very limited and homeowners need roads clear so that insurance companies and approved contractors can gain access.

How you can help Arlington's tornado victims:

Mission Arlington is asking for contributions of:

  • Non-perishable foods (canned, boxed or bagged goods).
  • Toiletries (bathroom tissue, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc.).

Items may be dropped off at Mission Arlington at 210 W South Street between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Please mark your contribution with a note indicating that the donation is designated for tornado victims.

Individuals wanting to make monetary contributions should contact the charity of their choice such as the Salvation Army or the Red Cross.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Tornado Recovery Center site in case any future volunteer needs develop, and for ongoing recovery updates.

Homeowners in need of volunteer assistance should drop in to the Tornado Recovery Center and/or contact Mission Arlington at 817-277-6620.


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