The Community Tornado Relief concert raised over $500 tonight to support local recovery efforts through the Daviess County Organizations Active in Disaster. Special thanks to musical guests, Michael Cochran band, Joe & Jenna, and Overbored! Thanks to Harvest for hosting and everyone for coming out!
Don't forget the tornado benefit concert tonight at the Havest Community Fellowship Hall!
We are one month and two days out from the tornado that hit Washington and Daviess County. Here are just a few thoughts of mine after I just left an early morning meeting with a tornado victim family.
1) Thankfulness abounds. I am grateful for the help that our local community and outside organizations have been able to give at this point. The brotherly love shared between strangers has been inspiring!
2) The road to recovery is a long one. Even with insurance, some fam...ilies struggled to meet deductibles and will struggling replacing the items insurance may not cover such as storm doors, garages, vehicles, etc.
3) People can feel undeserving. I am encouraged but also a little saddened by those victims who say, "We'll be alright as we piece things together little by little. Go help someone else who needs it more." Often they feel they haven't done enough or been good enough to warrant all the help and attention they are getting. We in the helping fields must be patient with them as they slowly realize their needs.
4) God has been good to our community.
Where do we go from here as a community? I would encourage you to keep your ears open for small needs that you can meet. If you know a tornado victim, pickup a small gift for them next time you are out shopping and leave it on their doorstep just to say "We're still thinking of you."
Don't forget to help your local organizations who are still helping tornado victims such as:
Daviess County Organizations Active in Disaster
The United Way
The Salvation Army
The Red Cross
Feed My Sheep
May you have a very Merry Christmas!
Due to weather concerns the benefit concert has been postponed.
***Due to the weather we decided to postpone the Benefit concert. We are currently working on another date to reschedule. As soon as we decide on a date that ...works for everyone I will post on here!!! Spread the word please:) Stay tuned for the upcoming date and hope to see you all there!!!;) Stay safe on the roads people!
Does anyone know of a rental property for $500 or less in Washington that is open? We are still relocating tornado victims into permanent homes. Reply here or send a message to Christopher Wiles with your information.
*Picture Posting* If you have photos from the debris cleanup process, especially of our community volunteers hard at work, we encourage you to post them here to our timeline. It will serve two purposes:
1) To help us honor and thank the many of those who spent hours of their time serving the community in need
2) To develop a photographic timeline of the debris cleanup stage to go along with the textual narrative we are compiling.
As you upload photos, please make effort to tag them with a date and people involved. Thank you for your service!
We need the help of our community. With organizations willing and wanting to help the tornado victims with their needs, it is important that we are able to contact those who were residing in the tornado path on November 17th, 2013. Filling out this contact form could mean the difference between a family receiving free aid and not receiving it. This form is not a promise of aid, but rather an attempt to get contact information for those who might qualify for aid.
*A Thank You Note* Many of you were blessed to work hard alongside three experienced disaster relief responders from Tennessee, the Volunteer State. They stayed Monday through Friday morning, directed high school work crews, cleaned up dishes in the church building, and were just great guys to be around! Click the links to their FB profiles below to send them a thank you.
Please share with us the contact information for any victims of the Nov 17th tornado in Daviess County. Use this link within our Facebook page to give any information that might be helpful in contacting victims. Click here to read more of the description. https://www.facebook.com/washingtontorn…/app_190322544333196
#PleaseShare We need your help! With organizations willing and wanting to help the tornado victims with their needs, it is imperative that we are able to contact those who are living or once lived in the tornado path. Filling out this contact form could mean the difference between a family receiving free aid and not receiving it. This form is not a promise of aid, but rather an attempt to get contact information for those who might qualify for aid.
Due to the fact that so many families have moved quickly to alternate temporary/permanent addresses, contacting them is difficult. We understand that you as their friend or relative might not know all the information below, but just providing what you do know can help us develop the contact list. We will compare this form with postal records and other community resources to determine who the residents are from the damage area and how to contact them.
This information will be treated with the utmost care and not given out to contractors or businesses, but will be treated with confidentiality from the Mayor's office and the County Emergency Management Agency.
Thank you for volunteering your time as you fill out this form in care for others!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mayor Joe Wellman's office at 812-254-5575 or the website administrator of this form, Christopher Wiles (Minister at Washington Church of Christ), at 812-610-2484.
Contact Info for Help and a "Thank You" from the Mayor: http://washingtonindianatornadorelief.blogspot.com/…/messag…
A few of the photos we found of students serving our Washington in a time of need. Thank you to ALL who served!
If you know of another group who served who is not listed, send us their info and a photo please. http://washingtonindianatornadorelief.blogspot.com/…/studen…
From Mayor Wellman:
"After being open for a week, Our Volunteer Center at the Assembly of God has served its purpose & closed yesterday afternoon. Thank you to the church & Pastor Steven Thomas for letting us use your lot & church this past week. If anyone needs assistance going forward the best place to call would be Connections, 257-2650. Could also contact United Way, 254-1038, or Red Cross, 254-8676. If you can't get any of those, call my office 254-5575. We really do want to help anyone who was affected by the tornado last Sunday."
After the close of the Volunteer Center on Nov 23rd, we made one last drive around Washington to survey the cleanup efforts. This sign sums up the sentiment of the victims and the leadership of this city toward all 925+ of the registered volunteers who helped this week. May God continue to bless this city as it begins the rebuild stage. "Thanks for the help!"
After the close of the Volunteer Center today we made one last drive around Washington to survey the cleanup efforts. This sign sums up the sentiment of the victims and the leadership of this city toward all 925+ of the registered volunteers who helped this week. May God continue to bless this city as it begins the rebuild stage. "Thanks for the help!"