Volunteer Opportunity Roundup – 500 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. A base station has been established right in the midst of the destruction. At 8:30 AM meet other volunteers of Frontline Church at Covenant Life Assembly (their gym) at 207 S. Howard Ave to assist in the clean up. We have been asked to clean Moore Cemetery to prepare for graveside services. Ben Hill will be your point person upon arrival for the entire day. See you there! From Frontline Church Website: http://frontlinechurch.tv/
The City of Moore is looking for volunteers for a cemetery clean-up on May 22nd at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be picking up debris from the May 20th Tornado. If you would like to volunteer your time, please meet at the Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard, at 9:00 am on May 22nd. The group will be escorted to the Southgate Baptist Church, where they will walk to the cemetery on foot. Please bring gloves, rakes, etc., and be sure to wear heavy-soled shoes. This is the only volunteer opportunity at this time. For more information, please contact the Moore Parks Department at 793-5090. From City of Moore Website: http://www.cityofmoore.com/
Volunteers with health and medical experience may try the Oklahoma Medical Reserves Corp at www.okmrc.org
Beyond donations, many people are seeking other ways to volunteer their time and energy to assist with the recovery of those areas affected by the May 19-20 storms. First responders are still on the ground, but clean up volunteers and Operation BBQ will be looking for help later in the week/ over the weekend. Visit Moore Recovers for additional opportunities as they become available.
Operation BBQ has set up shop at the Warren Theatre in Moore and are looking for donations of meat and grill-able items. To learn more or to participate, visit OperationBBQRelief.org
FreeOK with the help of local stores will be providing breakfast to responders, volunteers and individuals working in the disaster areas in Moore through Friday, May 24th. Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread have graciously provided the fare. The work will likely continue through the holiday weekend, so if anyone wants to contribute any additional items or funds specifically for this project, email email@example.com. Also desired would be pretty signs indicating where to find us or anything witty/encouraging so break out those sharpies and posterboard and hop to it!
Many businesses and organizations have opened their doors to become donation drop off centers for the relief effort. A list of available drop off locations can be found here. Contact one of the places gathering donations and offer to help with organizing those items for distribution.
Volunteer Drive at the Moore Community Center
A large group of volunteers gathers at the Moore Community Center ( 301 S. Howard) in the morning and disperses to various clean up tasks in the area by 9am. Get there early with shovels in hand and ready to work! If coming from the north, we recommend exiting I-35 at 119B and taking the West Service Rd to Main Street.
This location also acts as a donation drop center.
It is common for blood banks to be inundated with an overwhelming number of donations following a natural disaster. Because of this, many donations go unprocessed before they are no longer viable. Our sponsors at Oklahoma Atheists are hosting a blood drive on June 8th, just outside the overflow window for disasters. You may schedule your own appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred time slot and a contact phone number and we will get you set up. Whole blood and 2rbc donations are available.
Stuffed Animal Drive
Received Wednesday, May 22nd:
Two of our schools are “hosting” the two displaced schools on Thursday for a time of reuniting and saying goodbye to their teachers and staff. We have a dream. A dream of every one of those children walking out with a back pack and a new/practically new stuffed animal, we don’t want them leaving empty handed. That’s 1200. But we know we can do it. Time is of the essence. We have 24 hours to do this.
We need all donations brought to St. Andrews Methodist Church on SW 119th by 10pm Wed. night. PLEASE PLEASE share this. Get the word out. We’ve asked Journey Church to provide goodie bags, as well. Hoping it hits media tonight. Thank you to the PTAs at both Wayland Bonds Elementary and Eastlake Elementary for helping with making this a special event for these kids.
Volunteering in Outlying Areas
Areas outside of Moore hit by the storms are getting less attention and fewer volunteers. FreeOK will be organizing a volunteer drive this weekend, on May 25th to get volunteers and resources to the Shawnee/Carney area. Carpooling will be available and we will be accepting donated items for that area at the Red Dirt Report offices until our departure at 10am. Visit our Facebook page for additional details. Other affected areas include Dale, Newcastle, Bethel Acres, and Lake Thunderbird/Pink. Keep in touch with those localities as clean up efforts continue through the Memorial Day weekend.