Lipscomb recruiting volunteers for flood relief
Lipscomb University is recruiting volunteers to help with Nashville, Tenn., area flood relief this weekend.
The university, already serving as a Red Cross emergency shelter for flood victims, announced this news Wednesday:
Leaders from Service International (SI), a nonprofit disaster relief organization headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., are partnering with Lipscomb University and several Nashville churches to provide clean-up efforts for residents whose homes have been damaged by the flood.
Teams will tear out carpet, move furniture, do demolition work, and, in general, do as much as possible to clean and stabilize a house.
SI was founded in 1993 and has since provided disaster clean-up services around the world including during the 2005 Katrina clean up. Lipscomb will provide housing for what is expected to be more than 80 out-of-state SI-trained and experienced volunteer leaders.
SI trucks and equipment have arrived in Nashville, using Western Hills Church of Christ in Bellevue as an equipment center. SI hopes to quickly recruit a number of crew chiefs in the next couple of days which will be trained to direct what is hoped to be 400 to 800 volunteers from the Nashville community to clean up as many as 80 homes this weekend.
Read more details from Lipscomb.
Flood damages could top $1 billion, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean told The Tennessean. Church member Bill Goodpasture forwarded me the video below. It really helps capture the extent of the devastation. For more information, read our previous posts on the flood and church members’ response.
FeedbackI am sorry that people in Nashville feel that nobody was hearing about their plight, but they are absolutely wrong! CNN and Weather Channel carried almost nothing else on Saturday. If the power was out how did they know what was on the TV? Or is it that they are so trained to watch only one network that they didn’t know what was going on on other outlets. I have family in the area, I have family buried there and I certainly know what is going on.Andy RitchieMay, 6 2010Disaster Assistance CoC is also going to be setup at Western Hills Church of Christ cooking meals. We have orders for 1000 on both Saturday and Sunday. www.disasterassistancecoc.comMike BaumgartnerMay, 7 2010