united way of greater chattanooga


June 7th, 2011

Volunteer Center Recruiting for Tree and Debris Removal

The United Way Volunteer Center is recruiting volunteers for a large, on-going disaster recovery project in the Greater Chattanooga area.

United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Call Center has identified approximately 160 individuals across the Chattanooga Valley and North Georgia area who need help clearing debris and trees off of their property. About 80 have been referred to civic groups and volunteers to be assisted, but another 80 are still waiting for help.

Most of these are people with disabilities or the elderly who are on fixed incomes and either had no property insurance or cannot afford conventional tree or yard services.

The Volunteer Center is especially looking for organizations, churches, businesses and civic groups who can help organize and oversee the work. Individuals who know how to use heavy equipment, such as chainsaws, or who have their own equipment, are also encouraged to volunteer.

Most of the affected individuals who need help are located in areas such as East Ridge, Brainerd, and Missionary Ridge, but some are also located in Apison, East Brainerd, North Georgia and Hixson.

If you want to volunteer, or if your company or civic organization would like to help, please email Windy Brooks at windybrooks@uwchatt.org or email Sara Collier at saracollier@uwchatt.org. You can also call 423-752-0329. Read more about this and other recovery responses on United Way’s website atwww.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org.

United Way advances the common good by educating children to be ready for school, promoting economic stability so people can provide for themselves and their families, and by caring for the most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to an endowment fund that covers all overhead and administrative expenses, one hundred percent (100%) of campaign contributions go directly to services that help individuals and families in the greater Chattanooga area, including Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties in North Georgia, and Dekalb and Jackson Counties in Northeast Alabama. 

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