Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

Call for Volunteers Tornado Recovery Work

My name is Barry Tucker. I’m the Pastor at Elon Presbyterian Church and the President of Elon Ruritan Club. I’m the volunteer coordinator for the Amherst Disaster Recovery Group. The group was formed in response to needs that arose when the tornado struck our county last April. As you can see, when you drive through Elon and other parts of the county, the recovery is coming along. The recovery has been due to hundreds of efforts by individuals, families, faith based organizations, businesses, state based disaster responses, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Gleaning for the World, county government and first responders, Amherst County Habitat for Humanity, utility companies, news organizations, civic organizations, Food Pantries, - the list goes on and on. We are blessed in so many ways. Thank you for the role you have played.

I’m writing today to ask for your help with a fairly large project that still needs addressing. As many of you know, there are creeks, creek beds, and bottom land … areas which lead to and affect the Harris Creek water source… between Elon Road, the Nottaway subdivision and the Hunt Club subdivision. The tornado blew trees and debris into these natural areas. These areas are among the last clean up efforts remaining. We are in the process of organizing a major effort to clear these areas before Spring. We are securing permission from the affected landowners to work on their property. We hope to clear downed trees, brush and debris so that various groups like the James River Association,  R. E. Lee Soil and Water Conservation and 4H can begin restoring health and plant trees along those areas after we’ve cleared away the damage.

Amherst County Habitat for Humanity has applied for a Grant through a disaster relief partnership between State Farm Insurance and Habitat International  to assist in funding this effort.

We’ve got commitments from various individuals and organizations to provide large equipment like grapplers, skidders, chippers, and hauling services. We know it’s kind of short notice, but we’re hoping to tackle this project  March 14, 15, 16. Work schedule will rotate to the following week if there is inclement  weather

So, we’re looking for volunteers - around 40 of you - to:
• help cut up trees with your chain saws
• drag brush to the chipper site
• help collect debris to be hauled off
• donate the service of your tractor to move large limbs and or debris

Those assisting with the tasks named above need proper attire, work gloves, and thick soled boots or shoes. We suspect there will be nails, some glass and other hazards in the field of work. We will have a waiver of liability form for you to sign before you work.

We will also need a crew, or two, to work, perhaps out of one or both of the area churches, Elon Presbyterian and Elon Baptist to provide hydration, snacks and lunch for the work crews.

We could also use some bails of hay to make approaches to some areas that may be too wet otherwise.

I’m sending this out to as many individuals, churches, civic organizations, etc. that I can think of. 
I encourage you to share this with your family, your church, your club … so that we can generate a great response to this undertaking. Please include it in church bulletins, newsletters, or forward it to those who may be interested.

Please contact me - Barry Tucker - at volunteeradrg@gmail.com to volunteer as a group or as an individual.

Thanks for taking the time to consider this appeal. I look forward to seeing many of you as we undertake this important project.