How to volunteer, help, and donate to those affected by the tornado
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: If you are someone who has been affected by the tornado that went through Sedgwick and Bulter counties on April 29, here are some resources for help if needed. For those who are trying to join clean-up efforts or want to donate, those links to help are below.
Resources for the affected: For people affected by the tornado who need assistance (both in Butler and Sedgwick counties), a multi-agency resource center is open at the Andover Community Center, 1008 E. 13th Street. You must register there with the United Way and the Red Cross in order to qualify for possible financial assistance. At the center, you can also find access to other services and resources, including things like water, snacks, and supplies. The resource center is open daily through May 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Volunteering: Another volunteer day is scheduled for Wednesday. If you would like to volunteer, arrive at 9 a.m. at the Andover United Methodist Church, 1429 N. Andover Road, to sign up. Organizers will let you know where to go. Work right now is focused on moving debris to the side of the road so it can get picked up and helping find and save any remaining belongings of tornado survivors.
Donations: If you want to help people impacted by the tornado, officials say the best donation is a monetary donation as it allows agencies like the United Way to get exactly what families need. You can do that here: TORNADO RELIEF
The City of Andover also announced that those affected by the Andover tornado could visit the Andover Community Center. United Way of the Plains will be assisting residents who are now dealing with financial loss. Water, snacks, and supplies will also be available to those who need them.
Volunteering: The City of Andover is currently working with victims to assess their needs. Starting May 2 at 10 a.m., those interested in volunteering can stop by the United Methodist Church in Andover to register for Tuesday’s work. Volunteers can also wait to show up on Tuesday, May 3, to register.
“It is our hope to start volunteers at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, to avoid upcoming severe weather,” said City Administrator Jennifer McCausland. “We are so incredibly grateful for our community during this difficult time and have appreciated your patience as we have continued to assess how you can best assist.”
Donations: The Andover Community Center will be open until 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2. United Way of the Plains says Cash donations are still most important and are being accepted. You can donate online here.
For those looking to donate in-kind donations, call 211 to inform them of what you have to offer the community. Keep an eye on the City of Andover Facebook pages for the most current updates.
YMCA is also accepting donations that will be going to those affected by the tornado. Click here to donate.
Since Friday, multiple GoFundMe’s have been created to help families in the area. To donate to their fundraisers, click here.
First responders continue to survey the damage to assess specific needs of the community, like clothes, food, and money, and how you can help. Those opportunities to assist those in need should be available soon.
“For those who need help or want to assist, please dial 211,” United Way of the Plains President Pete Najera said. “That’s our social services hotline. We’re also set up online, but you have to be very patient because our phone banks are overrun now. It takes some time to get through to an operator.”
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