Recover, Repair, Rebuild Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist in the coordination of the volunteer cleanup effort for all those families and businesses affected by the June 1, 2011 tornado. We will work with grass root and nationally recognized volunteer organizations and administrators in each town to effectively coordinate free service volunteer assistance from local, national and corporate organizations.
We are here to assist in fulfilling the unmet needs of those people whose homes and lives were forever changed. Our intention is a long term and continuing effort to ensure that the people affected by this disaster can return their lives to some sense of the way things used to be before this unexpected tragedy. Together we can spread the message of HOPE as we help the people of Massachusetts recover, repair and rebuild.
June 1, 2011 will be remembered as the day that changed a lot of lives forever in Western and Central Massachusetts. About 4:00 PM, on what appeared to be a normal June afternoon, the largest tornado outbreak to ever hit Massachusetts in 58 years started and by 7:30 PM that night at least 18 communities had been ravaged by tornadoes.
Who would have thought that an EF 3 tornado would rip a 39 mile path through our great state literally destroying everything in its path, killing 3 people and leaving hundreds homeless? Unfortunately nobody did. We have all seen the pictures and videos of the devastation in the Midwest, but never imagined that it could happen here. Well it did, and now the great people of this state and these quaint communities have had their worlds turned upside down and a lot of people need our help.
In the month following the disaster there was overwhelming support from food drives, clothing drives, furniture, and monitory donations to and many other relief organizations. It was the model of what should happen in a disaster, however there is so much more to do and the help needed comes in a different form. We need your help to help the victims.
Many of the families that lost everything have not yet received alternate housing and cannot stay in the remains of their homes. There are hundreds of people who could not afford insurance or are severely under insured. Even those with insurance cannot afford the massive cleanup, as most insurance policies offer a total of $500 for tree removal. Some people’s yards are scattered with debris and fallen trees. There are fire roads that were originally put in place in case of a fire that are entirely blocked. The potential for one fire to ravage these already devastated areas could result in many more homes and property to be destroyed. With all the downed trees over the 39 mile stretch a small forest fire could cause a chain reaction which would turn the remnants of one disaster into a blazing disaster of epic proportions.
We need to help!!! Over the past month and a half, many volunteer groups and neighbors have lent a hand, they are tired and volunteer efforts are starting to diminish. It’s time to revitalize the volunteer effort and assist our neighbors. Many of the construction crews and volunteers that want to help don’t know who to contact and where to start in the cleanup effort. We are here to help match the grass root and corporate volunteers on what will hopefully be one of the largest scale cleanup efforts this state has ever seen.
We are a small group of professionals, some who live in the affected communities, some that have gotten together and brain stormed in order to come up with a way to bridge the gap between the people wanting to help and the people who need it. We have pooled all our resources along with the support of local and state agencies and have devised a plan to do just that. We are working closely with government to put forth this disaster web site and the programs that we are moving forward with to make the effort more organized and to match the potential cleanup volunteers with the cleanup efforts which are best suited for them to handle in a timely fashion.
These efforts will include but are not limited to a one weekend mass cleanup effort with the help of local municipalities, nonprofit organizations, large retail stores and of course the general public. Other individual efforts can and will be organized through this site to continue with ongoing relief efforts.
We appreciate any and all support to make these efforts a success. We will keep you updated through the “Recovering, Repairing, and Rebuilding” of our great state. Together, each pair of hands can make a difference and we can help our neighbors heal.