Volunteers needed for summer
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 01, 2012 | 1781 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local volunteers are needed for recovery projects being sponsored by the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Local volunteers are needed for recovery projects being sponsored by the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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The Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee is looking for local residents to continue the work of faith-based groups who have been leading the rebuilding effort.

Those volunteers have packed up for the summer and are not expected to return until the fall.

LTRC construction coordinator Richard Ruble said he has been surprised by the lack of local participation in helping survivors of the April 27 tornadoes get back in their homes.

“If it weren’t for people from across the United States and Canada, we would be in pretty bad shape right now,” Ruble said.

LTRC currently has five homes that need to be built and numerous other existing structures that require repairs.

Each project represents an individual or a family who are still struggling to recover more than a year after the tornadoes. Examples of their living arrangements include camper trailers, houses that are infested with mold and one that has a tree growing in one of the rooms.

Ruble said members of LTRC regularly find storm survivors who fell through the cracks because they did not know where to turn for help after their resources ran out.

LTRC is requesting that individuals, churches or civic groups commit to at least three days of tackling projects such as laying laminate flooring, hanging sheetrock, light carpentry and painting.

Ruble said experts in framing, roofing and foundations as well as professionals who have their own equipment are also needed.

To volunteer, contact Ruble at 388-4517.