Nashville flooding survivors aided by World Vision’s collaborative long-term disaster response
Federal Way, WA. July 25, 2011 – Nearly 5 months after severe thunderstorms flooded much of Tennessee, World Vision continues to pledge its long-term support to area survivors. This week, World Vision is partnering with volunteers from Renton Christian Center in Washington to host the organization’s first domestic disaster ‘service project trip.’ Nearly two dozen volunteers will participate in the organization’s latest long-term response effort in collaboration with World Vision’s domestic disaster
response team, local partners, donors and corporations.
Volunteers have traveled from Washington to Nashville to spend this week refurbishing several flood damaged homes identified by the southeast Nashville Recovery Group as gutted or destroyed by last year’s flood waters. World Vision has also deployed its mobile distribution pickup and 16-foot tools trailer from the Christian organization’s new domestic disaster hub in North Texas to deliver tools to Nashville including hammers, safety helmets/goggles, saws and gloves. World Vision is also delivering a truckload of building materials including new doors and high quality sinks. The group of volunteers includes 2 licensed contractors who will be assisting World Vision with multiple home restoration projects including hanging dry wall, painting and installing sinks and doors.
“World Vision was specifically looking for those areas of Nashville that have fallen through the cracks throughout this past year,” said Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s domestic emergency response director and a veteran of the agency’s Hurricane Katrina response. “Disasters of this scale don’t take months but years for families and communities to recover which is why World Vision is committed to being there over the long haul.
In 2010, World Vision shipped 50 pallets of relief supplies from its distribution centers in Chicago and Appalachia to assist flood victims in Nashville. The supplies included men’s and women’s clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies, enough to benefit approximately 2,000 people.
World Vision is grateful for Best Western International’s generous donation toward the rebuilding effort, raised through points donations from the hotel company’s Best Western Rewards loyalty program. The additional funds will be used to purchase necessary building and contribute to the Recovery Centers ongoing efforts.
“Time and time again, our Best Western Rewards members have generously stepped up to donate massive amounts of points to help World Vision respond to natural disasters,” said Tammy Lucas, managing director of marketing for Best Western International. “Travel reward points are a valuable currency and in this case, a currency that was converted to cash to help folks in need.”
“Cash donations are invaluable in this stage of the rebuilding effort when so much is still needed,” said Freeman. World Vision is honored to partner with Best Western to better resource Nashville survivors and provide for parents still struggling to support their children.”
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