By Sabrina Westfall
Residents in Daviess County who are still trying to put the pieces together after last November’s tornado could see help from volunteers.
The Daviess County Organizations Active in Disaster currently has 28 cases which they are looking for funds and volunteers to help restore, according to Case Manager Sherry Davis.
The Long Term Recovery Committee, a part of the Active in Disaster group, consists of groups like UMCOR, Catholic Charities and the Red Cross. The group was organized following the flood in 2008, and has since started working together again to help after the tornado.
The Long Term Recovery Committee is creating a plan for volunteer workers to help get the necessary work done, and applying for grant funding to make the work possible.
“I’m working with the families to try to get an assessment of damage and what needs fixed … I don’t reveal the names. I assign them a number and I go to the committee and tell them, ‘this case needs this, and how can we get the resources?’” Davis explained.
Additional expenses associated with the damage are being taken into consideration, such as boarded windows causing high utility bills.
She said the families are in various stages of recovering from the damage, ranging from re-homed from destroyed rental properties to homes that were without insurance.
The United Way has partnered with the committee as a fiscal agent. Brenda Sobecki, with the United Way, said there have been donations from the community that have been helpful.
Davis added they hope to have a contractor volunteer time to oversee any the construction work done for the homes in need.
Sobecki said there have been discussions with Camp Illiana to furnish a place for volunteers to stay while working.
The program is still accepting donations for the project, which can be sent to the United Way, with a memo of Tornado Relief, at PO Box 2241, Washington, Ind. 47501.