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TORNADO Recovery at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Joplin, Missouri 

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 a violent tornado ripped through the heart of Joplin, decimating homes and lives as near as one block away from our church and school. This storm affected a third or more of our city. Immanuel is committed to transforming neighborhoods and lives in Jesus' Name.

 

 

TORNADO Recovery at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Joplin, Missouri 

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 a violent tornado ripped through the heart of Joplin, decimating homes and lives as near as one block away from our church and school. This storm affected a third or more of our city. Immanuel is committed to transforming neighborhoods and lives in Jesus' Name.

 

 

VOLUNTEER and DONOR FAQ's

 1.  What kind of work can I do? 

Below we have listed our main Skill Categories. If you have these skills, we would love to have you. We also have a great need for unskilled workers. Our sign up sheet at "Lutheran Church Charities" will tell you more.

C - cleaning
D/H - drywall hanging
D/F - drywall finishing
F - carpentry rough framing
H - helper
L - landscaping
M - masonry & concrete
O - other ?______________(plumbing,electrical,HVAC,roofing,stumps and tree work, neighborhood canvasing, home visits, writing thank you notes etc)
P - painting
S - siding
T - trim or finish carpentry
W/D - window & exterior door installation

 

2.  What should we bring?  Bring sturdy shoes, durable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and long pants in case the job requires it.  Coolers, rakes, shovels, tools, etc. are great.  We have a supply of these, but bringing your own is great too. We usually have sunscreen and bug spray, but feel free to bring that as well.  Bedding and towels are advised.

 

3.  Are there meals and what do they cost?   We are no longer preparing meals in our school kitchen.  Volunteers have several options for lunch.  Free boxed lunches are available nearby on the parking lot of Joplin High School (20th and Indiana)  Registered groups can bring the lunches to our church fellowship hall where they can eat and rest in a comfortable place.  Groups are also welcome to bring their own food and eat here.  Dinner is on your own.

 

4.  Where can we stay?  We are not able to house volunteers at Immanuel, but Good Shepherd in Carthage may have space available.  Contact Mary in the church office for availability.  (417-358-1325) 

 

5. What donations can we bring?  Storage has reached a crisis point for all supplies.   If you have collected supplies and you are able to redirect them, please do so.   If not, bring them along and we will distribute them if we can.  Encourage your members to send a monetary or gift card donation (especially to places like WalMart, Home Depot and Lowes).  Doing so helps support the Joplin economy and allows us to meet needs as they arise without delay or storage issues.  

 

6.  How do I make a monetary donation?  Checks can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church marked "tornado recovery" in the memo.  Checks for tuition assistance to help tornado victims send their children to Martin Luther School should be marked "tuition assistance" and sent to the attention of Jeremy Schamber, principal.

 

7.  What are your greatest needs?  Skilled labor to help people knock down walls — also skilled in the jobs listed above.  Heavy equipment like bobcats and stump grinders are still being used.  Gatorade and gift cards to places like WalMart, Lowes and Home Depot are much appreciated.

 

8.  When and where do we check in?  Volunteer check in is 8:00 am.  If you will be arriving later, we are happy to check you in whenever you arrive.

 

9.  The website says you are closed on Sunday.  Can we still volunteer on those days?  Yes!  Our staff needs to rest on Sunday, but we are still happy to check you in and give you work assignments for the day. We will need to know when you plan to arrive so someone is here to greet you.  

 

10.  How can we help with school?  Check out Adopt-A-Flame under the Martin Luther tab for ways to help with school supplies.  As of the last week in September, we are STILL working on getting our buildings back to pre-tornado condition. Please pray that this work will come to completion soon.  Contribute to tuition assitance to help those affected by the storm attend our school.  Contribute funds to MLS for Camp Noah- a program for kids affected by a disaster.

 

11.  Who can come to help? What kind of groups are desired?

NEW TEAM GUIDELINES

As the response effort is changing and moving into the rebuilding phase the needs for our volunteers is changing as well.

You will notice in our skill categories that we are looking for mostly construction related skills but please don't be discouraged from serving with us if you don't happen to have a construction background!!!

We still want you and can use you if you are willing to learn, we will endeavor to teach you the basic skills to be able to help us. Every weekend Habitat for Humanity builds hundreds of homes with volunteers, many of them do not have construction back grounds, if they can do it then so can we :-)

We would prefer that each team brought someone (or more then one) with some construction skills to help lead and guide your team through whatever activity that you are assigned.

NEW YOUTH TEAM GUIDELINES

We want to encourage youth teams to be involved; however, due to the nature of the type of work and services that we are attempting to provide we ask that each team please bring at least 2 responsible adults for every 5 youth included on the team.

 

VOLUNTEER and DONOR FAQ's

 1.  What kind of work can I do? 

Below we have listed our main Skill Categories. If you have these skills, we would love to have you. We also have a great need for unskilled workers. Our sign up sheet at "Lutheran Church Charities" will tell you more.

C - cleaning
D/H - drywall hanging
D/F - drywall finishing
F - carpentry rough framing
H - helper
L - landscaping
M - masonry & concrete
O - other ?______________(plumbing,electrical,HVAC,roofing,stumps and tree work, neighborhood canvasing, home visits, writing thank you notes etc)
P - painting
S - siding
T - trim or finish carpentry
W/D - window & exterior door installation

 

2.  What should we bring?  Bring sturdy shoes, durable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and long pants in case the job requires it.  Coolers, rakes, shovels, tools, etc. are great.  We have a supply of these, but bringing your own is great too. We usually have sunscreen and bug spray, but feel free to bring that as well.  Bedding and towels are advised.

 

3.  Are there meals and what do they cost?   We are no longer preparing meals in our school kitchen.  Volunteers have several options for lunch.  Free boxed lunches are available nearby on the parking lot of Joplin High School (20th and Indiana)  Registered groups can bring the lunches to our church fellowship hall where they can eat and rest in a comfortable place.  Groups are also welcome to bring their own food and eat here.  Dinner is on your own.

 

4.  Where can we stay?  We are not able to house volunteers at Immanuel, but Good Shepherd in Carthage may have space available.  Contact Mary in the church office for availability.  (417-358-1325) 

 

5. What donations can we bring?  Storage has reached a crisis point for all supplies.   If you have collected supplies and you are able to redirect them, please do so.   If not, bring them along and we will distribute them if we can.  Encourage your members to send a monetary or gift card donation (especially to places like WalMart, Home Depot and Lowes).  Doing so helps support the Joplin economy and allows us to meet needs as they arise without delay or storage issues.  

 

6.  How do I make a monetary donation?  Checks can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church marked "tornado recovery" in the memo.  Checks for tuition assistance to help tornado victims send their children to Martin Luther School should be marked "tuition assistance" and sent to the attention of Jeremy Schamber, principal.

 

7.  What are your greatest needs?  Skilled labor to help people knock down walls — also skilled in the jobs listed above.  Heavy equipment like bobcats and stump grinders are still being used.  Gatorade and gift cards to places like WalMart, Lowes and Home Depot are much appreciated.

 

8.  When and where do we check in?  Volunteer check in is 8:00 am.  If you will be arriving later, we are happy to check you in whenever you arrive.

 

9.  The website says you are closed on Sunday.  Can we still volunteer on those days?  Yes!  Our staff needs to rest on Sunday, but we are still happy to check you in and give you work assignments for the day. We will need to know when you plan to arrive so someone is here to greet you.  

 

10.  How can we help with school?  Check out Adopt-A-Flame under the Martin Luther tab for ways to help with school supplies.  As of the last week in September, we are STILL working on getting our buildings back to pre-tornado condition. Please pray that this work will come to completion soon.  Contribute to tuition assitance to help those affected by the storm attend our school.  Contribute funds to MLS for Camp Noah- a program for kids affected by a disaster.

 

11.  Who can come to help? What kind of groups are desired?

NEW TEAM GUIDELINES

As the response effort is changing and moving into the rebuilding phase the needs for our volunteers is changing as well.

You will notice in our skill categories that we are looking for mostly construction related skills but please don't be discouraged from serving with us if you don't happen to have a construction background!!!

We still want you and can use you if you are willing to learn, we will endeavor to teach you the basic skills to be able to help us. Every weekend Habitat for Humanity builds hundreds of homes with volunteers, many of them do not have construction back grounds, if they can do it then so can we :-)

We would prefer that each team brought someone (or more then one) with some construction skills to help lead and guide your team through whatever activity that you are assigned.

NEW YOUTH TEAM GUIDELINES

We want to encourage youth teams to be involved; however, due to the nature of the type of work and services that we are attempting to provide we ask that each team please bring at least 2 responsible adults for every 5 youth included on the team.

 

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