Flooding Responses Continue
On behalf of the Center for Humanitarian Engagement here at Walla Walla University, I would like to extend a tremendous expression of appreciation to you, our university community, for responding this week to the desperate need that has come to light as a result of severe flooding that swiftly swept across eastern Washington and parts of northeastern Oregon over a week ago. Because of your volunteer support, we have been able to extend over 7,000 man-hours in the last seven days to members in the community that have been struggling to recover.
In case you are wondering how you can get involved to help, here are some areas where there is an immediate need.
- Join a daily flood response strike team with the Washington State Conservation Corps.
Volunteers are needed to follow up on assessing homeowner properties to determine what help is needed. There are also many homes that have mud needing to be removed. Volunteers interested in helping can meet up with teams every day at 8 a.m. Today Sunday, meet at the Havstad Alumni Center on the Walla Walla University campus and on Monday through Saturday, meet at the Life Church at 611 S. 9th Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362. Equipment and tools will be provided for volunteers as much as possible and help is needed until further notice.
- Donate to the Flood Relief fund through the Walla Walla University Church.
- Volunteer to help with our community emergency cleanup hotline. A specific phone number has been created for members of the community in need to call. However, there is a need for volunteers to take these calls. The emergency cleanup hotline is currently live and will run through February 28, 2020. All that is needed is an Internet connection.
Together, we have been sharing and extending the love of Jesus by standing alongside our neighbors in need. Positive relationships are being built and I have been incredibly humbled at how much of Christ’s character I have witnessed and experienced while working alongside and interacting with all of you. Thank you for your prayer and support.
E. David Lopez
P.S. CARE On The Go IG Challenge is going on now @che.wwu