Harveyville Progress "Exceeds Expectations," Volunteer Need Limited

With quick progress in the first two days, Harveyville now has a limited need for volunteers. Individuals or organizations wishing to volunteer should first contact harveyvilletornado@gmail.com.

What's left of a home hit by a tornado in Harveyville, Kan. on February 28, 2012. Photo by Eric Ives

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - With more than 1,000 volunteers descending on Harveyville over the past two days, community leaders say they are able to scale back the response needs.

“The outpouring of assistance we received so far has exceeded our expectations,” Mayor Dustin Kuntz said. “In fact, in just a few days they accomplished so much that our need for spontaneous volunteers has been reduced drastically.”

Because of that, the community is implementing a new procedure. Individuals or organizations wishing to volunteer should first contact harveyvilletornado@gmail.com. Potential volunteers will then be contacted by local coordinators who will match them to specific needs in the community.

The current volunteer center at Mission Valley High School will no longer be able to accept spontaneous volunteers.

“So much has been accomplished in the past few days,” Kuntz said. “The volunteers and our residents have worked tirelessly removing debris and restoring services. We have designated Sunday as a day of rest and reflection for our community.”

Kuntz says the city will have no organized debris removal or other recovery efforts Sunday, so no volunteers will be needed. Volunteer activities will resume on a limited basis Monday, using those who register via email.

While many people have offered direct donations of material goods, city officials say there is no where to keep them. The State of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, has established a donations management website to assist in connecting people who wish to donate money to responding agencies.

The public is asked to go to www.ksready.gov and click on Donate to Kansas Disaster Relief or call 211 for information on donations and other support. Donors can use the www.ksready.gov site to specify where their donation should go.

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