Westminster’s Response to Greensboro Tornado

As new ways to help develop, we will provide updates here. 

4/23/2018

As a congregation, we continue to lift up our Greensboro neighbors affected by the devastating April 15 tornado.  As you can imagine, this is a very fluid situation.  Please visit the church website at westpreschurch.org for the most recent updates. As of right now, here are the active ways you can help:

Financial donations:
If you are interested in making a financial gift for tornado relief and recovery efforts, we suggest donating directly to tornado relief funds at the United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro  Both organizations are meeting critical recovery needs in a strategic and coordinated manner.  


Volunteer Opportunities:

1.) Guilford Education Alliance is in need of volunteers to sort four busloads of school supplies at their warehouse Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - April 24, 25 and 26.  Sign up is required through this link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49a4a72ea3f58-warehouse  There are many 3 hour shifts available and I already see Westminster names on the list.  GEA is coordinating this effort themselves.  The address of the warehouse is in the link above.  Please direct all questions about this opportunity directly to GEA at 336-841-4332.

This opportunity is now FULL.  Thank you!!!  This has changed to a 3:00 pm start time.  2.) Out of the Garden Project has been blessed with donated truckloads full of fresh produce and frozen chicken.  They are planning special fresh food distribution in the Peeler, Hampton and Erwin Elementary neighborhoods the week of April 23 to replenish fresh foods for tornado-effected families now that power has been restored.  They need volunteers to help distribute the food.  This will operate be much like our Fresh Mobile Market opportunity the third Saturday morning of each month.  Westminster has committed to provide 10 – 12 volunteers this Wednesday April 25 at 4:00 pmChildren ages 13 and up are welcome with a parent or responsible adult.  We will meet in the Peeler neighborhood and Ann will provide the address when available.  PLEASE respond directly to Ann Comfort asap.  This opportunity IS first come first serve.  Once we have 10 – 12 people, that will be all we can accommodate.  Please plan to arrive at 3:00 pm and stay for at least 2 to 2.5 hours to see the work to fruition.  This all hands on deck work - arriving late and/or leaving early will disrupt the work flow.  Please wear closed toe shoes and bring light work gloves. 

3.) Clearing debris/chainsaw work in the Cottage Grove neighborhood.  Mustard Seed Community Health reports there is more clearing work.  Please let Ann Comfort know directly if you are able to meet at Westminster at 8:00 am on Thursday April 26.  If we have enough people to form a work team, Ann will provide the suggested street names for canvassing.  We will need to ask permission from residents/homeowners prior to beginning work on a lot/house.   

4.) The Volunteer Center of Greensboro is maintining lists (and sign up's) for a variety of tornado recovery volunteer opportuntiies for a variety of organizations.  Sign up directly via their website:  https://www.volunteergso.org/

5.) Habitat for Humanity Greensboro is organizing tornado recovery workdays.  Their workdays are from 7:45 am - 3:30 pm and they ask you arrive on time and stay for the duration of the work day.  You can sign up directly through this link:  http://disasterrelief.habitatgreensboro.volunteerhub.com/events/indexv1

Ann Comfort - ann.comfort@westpreschurch.org, 336-299-3785


If you would like to donate relief items, we have learned of the following needs:

School supplies are being collected by Guilford Education Alliance for immediate distribution to impacted schools as they begin classes in other district schools.  Donations should be delivered directly to GEA at 311-E Pomona Dr. 

The Interactive Resource Center is receiving laundry detergent, jelly (they have plenty of peanut butter), fresh fruit and flashlights for those impacted by the tornado. Items should be delivered directly to the IRC at 407 E. Washington St. and will be distributed directly to impacted areas. 

Habitat for Humanity is requesting outdoor tarps and good condition plywood sheets. Please deliver these items directly to the Greensboro Housing Hub at 1031 Summit Ave.

Greensboro Urban Ministry has waived the number of food assistance visits for residents impacted by the tornado.  They are currently in need of size 3, 4 and 5 diapers (they currently have large quantities of smaller sizes), Similac infant formula, bottled water and prepared sandwiches for their emergency assistance and Potter’s House clients to take for later.  Please deliver these items directly to GUM at 305 W. Gate City Blvd.

4/16/2018

Dear Westminster Friends,

 Please be in prayer for our Greensboro and North Carolina neighbors affected by last night's tornado and storm.  We have reached out to several of our local community partners and the City of Greensboro to determine how Westminster can help.  As of this morning, many agencies were still assessing damage to their respective neighborhoods and constituents. 

 Our ministry partner, Mustard Seed Community Health, is in immediate need of large tarps, flashlights, volunteers with chainsaws, non-perishable food, baby formula, and disposable diapers.  Mustard Seed serves the Cottage Grove neighborhood in Greensboro.  Volunteers with chain saws should report   to/donations should be delivered directly to the clinic located at 238 South English Street.  Their phone number is 336-763-0814.

 Our friends at A Simple Gesture suggested donations of non-perishable food for their east Greensboro partner pantry Guilford County Food Pantry (part of Final Call Outreach Ministries).  Please bring these donations directly to the church and we will deliver it later this week and/or next week. 

 We have also, thankfully, learned that Eastside Park Community Center has power and did not receive any damage from the storm.  

 As the week unfolds, we hope to learn of more concrete ways Westminster can assist our neighbors and community partners in their recovery and rebuilding efforts - both physically and financially. 

 We will send another update later this week with more details. 

Blessings,

Ann Comfort, Butch Sherrill and your Outreach Committee