Volunteer Newsletter: September 12, 2017

Due to inclement weather, the First Responders Appreciation Day is canceled. Due to the threat of inclement weather tomorrow (Tuesday 12,2017), Volunteer Starkville will unfortunately be cancelling our First Responders Appreciation Event.  Our planning committee will meet to figure out the best time to reschedule the event in the upcoming week or so.  We appreciate everything that our community partners and first responders have done for us to help in preparing for this event!

However, you can still support First Responders and Emergency Relief organizations by donating to the hurricane relief efforts. Below are some tips and tricks for donating and volunteering:

  • Be patient and be safe. Do not self-deploy into a disaster area. We know you want to help any way possible, but you must wait until first responders announce that the affected area is safe to enter and that volunteer opportunities have been identified.
  • Sign up before you show up to volunteer. If you can volunteer, make sure to find an organization active in disaster recovery and sign up directly with them. Capacity is stretched very thin during disasters, and you need to make sure that you can be utilized. You can view a list of organizations accepting volunteers in times of disaster on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website (NVOAD) at https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/.
  • Donate cash. What most communities need is money, not things. A cash donation to a recognized national non-profit or a disaster relief organization is an effective donation you can make because it offers them the most flexibility in getting the most-needed resources. If you donate goods, organizations will have to spend time, money, and volunteer power to sort and store donations. This can be problematic, especially when storage facilities are sometimes being used as shelters. For a list of major non-profits active in disaster relief, visit this list on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s website https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/ to find an agency and donate. To obtain more specific information about disaster relief organizations in the affected area view the affected State’s Emergency Management website.
  • If you would like to support MSU students that have been affected by recent disasters, like Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, you can consider making a donation to the MSU Student Relief Fund. The MSU student relief fund is built with private gifts and is designed to help those members of the student body affected with day-to-day crises or displaced by catastrophic disasters such as the most recent Hurricanes. You can donate and view more information at http://www.msufoundation.com/studentrelief
  • For more information and additional ways to help those affected, visit the Federal Emergency Management Website (FEMA) at https://www.fema.gov/, or contact the Maroon Volunteer Center in 306 Moseley Hall at 662-325-2150 or

Remember, no matter what you do in our community, making a difference is as simple as volunteering! Take a look below at the ways to become involved in serving our community. Take action and volunteer today! For more information, visit www.volunteerstarkville.org or contact us at 662.268.2865 or 

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