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How to Respond to Disaster Relief Assistance (Updated 5/10/11, 7:26 a.m.)

Posted by Philip Poole on 2011-04-28

Samford's Give. Serve. Pray Tornado Response Website 

tornado relief (Editor's Note: Updates from Randy Pittman and Renie Moss regarding university-specific response opportunities will be added following the links below. Other updates provided by other employees, students and local announcements will be at the end in the order they are received.) 

The Samford University campus and areas immediately around the campus were spared damage in the wake of the devastating tornadoes which hit Alabama on April 27. As of Thursday, April 28, the university is operating on regular schedules.

There are many ways for the Samford University community to assist with disaster recovery efforts. This site will maintain a running list of opportunities to respond.

"Our natural instinct is to respond immediately, but we must remember that the response will be more than just today. It will be a marathon need that lasts for weeks and months," said Samford University President Andy Westmoreland.

Westmoreland has encouraged the Samford community to give authorities adequate time to assess needs and then respond to specific requests that are made. He has asked Randy Pittman, Samford's vice president for advancement, to coordinate the university's response process. Renie Moss, assistant dean for campus life, is working on opportunities for student involvement.

The following websites are for state or local organizations that may be coordinating disaster response efforts:

Hands On Birmingham 

Mission Birmingham 

  • Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief 
  • Christian Service Mission 
  • Alabama Possible 
  • Red Cross 
  • Salvation Army 
  • Greater Birmingham Ministries 
  • FEMA 
  • City of Birmingham 
  • Alabama CBF Disaster Relief 
  • Alabama Governor's Office 
  • A message from Randy Pittman (5/4/11) 
  • Thanks for your continued overflowing generosity as you pray, give and serve in the aftermath of the devastating storms last Wednesday. One way our Samford family has helped that you might not know about: we have been the temporary “home” for several hundred Red Cross volunteers who have come here from around the country to help in our community. I thought you’d want to see this note sent last night by one of those volunteers:

    To the Administration of Samford University: 

     I just wanted to take a minute to personally thank you for the accommodations that you have provided to me and my fellow American Red Cross volunteers here at Samford University.  Your generosity has made it possible for us to have a place to stay while working to help the people affected by the terrible disaster that took place with the recent tornadoes.  As a Red Cross volunteer from Gainesville, FL, I was especially touched by your willingness to share not only the gymnasium for sheltering which I have been at the past 4 nights, but opening up the locker rooms and laundry as well.  While sleeping with 200 other folks on cots in the gym is not the most desirable place to be, your granting of guest internet privileges has also been most helpful to us in staying in touch with our loved ones at home.  I also must tell you that I had dinner at your cafeteria tonight and was amazed at all the great selections of food and the friendliness of the students and staff there.  So, again, thank you for all your efforts in this time where we all must pull together to help those most in need. 

    Kindest Regards,  

    Dottie Dreyer, Gainesville, FL   

    American Red Cross volunteer 

    Dottie is right…we all must pull together to help those most in need. Thanks to all of you who have made these guests feel welcome here.

    Keep serving.

  • An update from Renie Moss (5/4/11, 5:15 p.m.) 
  • Samford Community,
    Please continue to forward me pictures, links, or your stories of service in this time of need!

    GIVE:The vital needs for donations that continues to get twittered, facebooked, and emailed are mainly infant and children's items like diapers, baby food, baby wipes, etc in addition to:
    •         Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes
    •         Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water
    •         Tarps of all sizes
    •         Sunscreen
    •         Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
    •         Coolers
    •         Batteries
    •         Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
    •         Feminine care products
    •         Cleaning supplies (convenience items, lysol wipes, shop towels, etc.)
    •         First-aid items
    •         Bug spray
    •         Trash bags and ziploc storage bags of all sizes
    •         New unopened medicines such as Children's Tylenol/Advil, adult versions, etc.
    •         Work gloves
    •         Packing tape, duct tape, etc.
    You can bring your items directly to the Christian Service Mission located at 3600 3rd Avenue South or:
    Bring your donations to First Baptist Church of Birmingham, located at the corner of Lakeshore and 31.  When you enter their parking lot, go to the "back" of the lot (opposite the side facing Lakeshore) and that is the entrance to the church.  Supplies are being collected there.
    Shades Mountain Baptist Church is also collecting supplies in their foyer which is located at the corner of Columbiana Rd and Canyon Rd (turn left onto Columbiana from Lakeshore, go up the hill and you will see the church on your left).

     

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    SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR HACKLEBURG

     

    The town of Hackleburg is asking for school supply donations. Kappa Delta Pi is sponsoring a school supply drive from May 5th-May 10th. Please drop off new school supplies outside of Room 233 in the OBB.

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    Consider donating to either the employee emergency assistance fund or the student emergency assistance fund.
    Employee Assistance Fund Giving Form <http://www4.samford.edu/giving/employee_assistance_form.html>
    (This is the “Other Designation” page; donors must specify that they want to donate to the Employee Assistance Fund.)
    Student Emergency Assistance Fund Giving Form <http://www2.samford.edu/giving/index.php?area=seaf>  
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    Mission Birmingham<http://missionbirmingham.jimdo.com/> is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.
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    Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/
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    Ashley Gassner in Brooks 122 is collecting items for magiccitymom.com  relief efforts.  They are putting together care packages for children.    Abi Williams in Brooks Hall 107 is collecting infant and child items for the relief efforts through birminghammommy.com and MOMS Market.  
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    Kids Market located at the old Academy in Wildwood Shopping Center on Lakeshore has reopened in order to collect children's and infant items (NO CLOTHES) to be donated to tornado relief.  For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/notes/kim-edwards-meadows/kids-market-gives-back/10150233993610908 

     

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    SERVE:Samford Gives Back volunteer shirts remain available to you at the Hub in the University Center from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm 7 days a week.  The smalls and mediums should arrive on Thursday morning for those of you with smaller frames but big hearts!  And we also ordered a few XXLs for those of you with big hearts and big muscles too :)  .  Please do pick up a shirt if you've not already done so.  These shirts clearly identify you as a legitimate volunteer compared to unwelcomed sightseers or worse, looters.   Make sure your shirt  and your actions show that you are there to do good work.  Please also remember to wear closed toed shoes if you are going into the community for volunteer work.
    Don’t question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done.****************************************Student Amanda Gargus has organized this opportunity:
    YMCA Camp Cosby is gathering a group to go down to the communities surrounding Tuscaloosa on Saturday May 7. We will be meeting at 8am in the Rotunda Parking Lot to load supplies and equipment to take to these hard hit areas such as Holt, Alberta, Peterson, and Snoddy. While there we will also be helping tarp roofs, search through the rubble, and provide first aid THOSE WITH FIRST AID EXPERIENCE ARE GREATLY NEEDED.   Also we are in need of some necessary supplies: FIRST AID SUPPLIES, food that does not need to be heated, water, baby supplies (bottles, diapers, formula, and wipes), feminine products (especially pads), CANDLES, NAILS, and HAMMERS. We are also trying to collect supplies for the children in the Holt community such as candy, coloring books, and crayons. If you are interested in volunteering please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and your Samford Gives Back shirt. BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES and if possible a hammer and a bag of nails. To learn more or if you want to drop off supplies contact Amanda Gargus at agargus@samford.eduLOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!! 
    ****************************************Birmingham Baptist Association  Meal preparation desperately needed: Food Trailer is stationed at 4825 Avenue W Ensley Just behind Fire station #20 near the fairgrounds. There are four shifts available for volunteers, with the two greatest needs the 5:00am shift and the 6:00pm shift. This will take place at least through this week.  If you can form a team to assist with any one of these shifts, please contact Bill Morrison at bmorrison@alsbom.org.
    1st shift: 5am-10am, Preparation of 3000 meals
    2nd shift: 10am-1:30pm, Preparation of 3000 meals
    3rd shift: 1:30pm-5:00pm, Preparation of 3000 meals
    4th shift: 6pm-10pm, Clean up and preparation for following day
    *******************************************************
    Chainsaw crews needed: Assist in removing trees from property. If students don’t have access to a chainsaw, they can drag limbs to the curb. Saturday will be the biggest day for this work.  Wear appropriate work clothes and closed toes shoes.  Central Park Baptist Church; 1900 43rd   Street in Ensley at 9:00 am through Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday.
    ***********************************************************
    Samford Greek Community is being asked to partipate in Alabama Greeks for service in the Tuscaloosa area.  Melissa Carlisle and Director of Greek Life Dr. Denny Bubrig are coordinating this effort.  Students are not to skip class to participate!  However, if you are available, you can learn more about this initial work day this Thursday at the facebook event page:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199093363460014
    *******************************************************
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT The Foundry<http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Foundry/97815266274>: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be sorting/sizing clothing donations at Bessemer City Hall Auditorium located on the corner of 18th Street North and 3rd Avenue. We need volunteers to help sort and size from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. All you need to do is show up. Email mandrews@thefoundryonline.org if you can help
    ************************************
    From the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship:
    McDonald's Chapel outside of Birmingham is an isolated community without much help. We have heard that 35 homes were destroyed, additional damage done to most of the other houses and at least six dead. We have identified them as one area where we will be doing extensive long-term work to restore their housing.
    There is an IMMEDIATE need for debris removal, clean-up, supplies, and people to come and listen and talk with these victims.
    If you want to help right away, we need people to come (bring your own supplies - chain saws, gloves, bags, water, gas, etc) on Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm, and then all day Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 starting at 9 am.  Mart Gray of Covenant Church will be organizing these few days of activity (contact: mart@troycable.net or 334-806-8118). We do anticipate more work days in the future. You are encouraged to be updated on your tetanus shot.
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    BB&T bank will sponsor a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shades Valley Branch, 2501 20th Place South, Birmingham, Ala., 35223
    *************************************
    Critical need for psychiatrist and TRAINED shock, grief and depression counselors in Pratt City.  Please call Anne  Lucas at 205-746-6850 if you are qualified and can help.
    *************************************
    United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  Students can email their availability to 211volunteer@uwca.org<https://email.samford.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> to sign up for a 4 he shift (any times are appreciated).
    Students will be trained to answer phones at the emergency hotline to direct calls as necessary
    ***************************************************
    Hands On Birmingham has specific site needs available for volunteers.  If you've not already formed a volunteer team or signed up as an individual you can do so here:
    http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=423
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    Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site.  Addresses where you can drive to and go into the community from a set location are also listed. http://www.facebook.com/ChristianServiceMission <http://www.facebook.com/ChristianServiceMission> .  Literally the needs change by the minute so be sure to sign up for their updates.  CS Mission is reaching into Birmingham, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, and the smallest cities in between.  The best thing is to sign for their daily email newsletter which lists the service sites, instructions for volunteering, as well as the day's most pressing donation needs.  From there, simply show up, individually or as a group, or follow instructions given in the email to fulfill one of the needs they share.
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    Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief<http://bbaonline.org/dr> is offering training for disaster relief deployment.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    MPower Ministries has set up a medical clinic in Pratt City and needs medical volunteers as well as chaplains, pastors, and pastoral counselors.  Find out how to help at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Satellite-Clinic-in-Pratt-City.html?soid=1101981087329&aid=3c0yI-dUwTY <http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Satellite-Clinic-in-Pratt-City.html?soid=1101981087329&aid=3c0yI-dUwTY>  or contact Ryan Hankins at ryan.hankins@mpowerministries.org <mailto:ryan.hankins@mpowerministries.org> <mailto:ryan.hankins@mpowerministries.org> .
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    Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham  will continue to send daily teams every weekday from 7 am and 1 pm.
    (This is the group that meets at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023)
    ***************************************************************
    Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Healthhttp://www.adph.org/volunteer/Default.asp?id=2760
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    The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions also has a website with regularly updated donation and service effort needs at   http://www.alsbom.org/feature2
    PRAY:Take a moment to reflect on those affected by these storms, including members of the Samford community by viewing today's guided prayer video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JeF5LZHg_0.
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    Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.
    Continue to check www.samford.edu<http://www.samford.edu> for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.
     

An update from Renie Moss (5/3/11, 5:30 p.m.) 

There is so much work to do and so little ability for my finite mind to grasp the long-term plan for how people, families, business, communities will come out of this disaster.  Worshiping as a community this morning in Reid Chapel reminded me that  "My God is so great, so strong and so might there's nothing my God cannot do!"  The next time my five year old son sings that song, it will mean so much more to me.  I pray that those directly affected by these storms can find that same peace, understanding, and solace.  A link to the guided prayer from today's service can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JeF5LZHg_0

The weather has made situations even more difficult today but out of the chaos, let me share some of the service that has flowed out of the Samford community over the past few days.  If you have stories to share, please do email me directly. 

Over 200 members of our campus community went out on Saturday morning to serve in Pratt City and Pleasant Grove.  Many other volunteers served directly at the Christian Service Mission sorting and receiving donations all weekend long.  Today around 10:00 am the Christian Service Mission sent out an urgent facebook/twitter call that their supplies were virtually gone and that anything and everything was needed.  Yesterday evening the Cullman Food Bank ran out of food and the Christian Service Mission sent a truck immediately to relieve their efforts.   If you don't think sorting at a distribution center is service, understand how quickly donations are coming in and needing to be sorted in order to send out into the community ASAP.  This is a worthy and vital piece of the service outreach puzzle.

Additional groups from our campus have gone directly to the hard hit areas in Tuscaloosa, Cullman, and I believe the Fort Payne area.  These include fraternities, sororities, University Ministries student organizations, groups of athletes, as well as students and faculty from our Moffett Nursing school.  Student Amanda Gargus stopped by today to tell me how a random group of students, including her, have now formed a service opportunity for this Saturday (see below) in and around the Holt community outside of Tuscaloosa, working alongside Camp Cosby YMCA employees doing the same service work. Not so random anymore! Additional faculty are gathering their classes in the Brock Business school to go out into the community later this week in organized groups, armed with supplies to remove debris, a huge need right now.  I have glimpsed pictures of our students on various facebook service group pages, working tirelessly to offer hope to those that need it most right now.  If you are willing to share your experience in word or picture, please do let me know at rmoss@samford.edu.

You may have contributed to or seen the 24 foot Samford Gives Back truck that was parking at the West Gate exit.  In addition to the over $1600 collected in donations at the Avett Brothers concert,  two full truck loads of donated supplies went to the Christian Service Mission, all from the Samford community.  More is needed so please read below how you can continue to give, serve, and pray.

You may also have seen Red Cross volunteers being housed in Bashinsky over the last few days and they will also be staying in the South Colonnade of the Pete Hanna Center and the third floor of the Cooney Field House.  Samford will provide shelter for these 24/7 Red Cross volunteers until next Monday, May 9th when they are routed to additional service sites through the Red Cross efforts.  Thank you to the campus community to your patience and cooperation as we have opened our doors to these volunteers who have come from all over the country to assist our state.

GIVE: 

We will no longer staff or maintain a cargo truck for donations of supplies but ask you direct your ongoing donations to one of several sites below.  The vital needs for donations remain

  • Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes
  • Bottled and gallon drinking water
  • Tarps of all sizes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
  • Coolers
  • Batteries
  • Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
  • Feminine care products
  • Cleaning supplies (convenience items like lysol wipes, presoaped sponges, shop towels, etc.)
  • First-aid items
  • Bug spray
  • Trash bags and ziploc storage bags of all sizes
  • New unopened medicines such as Children's Tylenol/Advil, adult versions, etc.
  • Work gloves
  • Packing tape, duct tape, etc.

You can bring your items directly to the Christian Service Mission located at 3600 3rd Avenue South or:
Bring your donations to First Baptist Church of Birmingham, located at the corner of Lakeshore and 31.  When you enter their parking lot, go to the "back" of the lot (opposite the side facing Lakeshore) and that is the entrance to the church.  Supplies are being collected there.

Shades Mountain Baptist Church is also collecting supplies in their foyer which is located at the corner of Columbiana Rd and Canyon Rd (turn left onto Columbiana from Lakeshore, go up the hill and you will see the church on your left)

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Consider donating to either the employee emergency assistance fund or the student emergency assistance fund. 

Employee Assistance Fund Giving Form
(This is the "Other Designation" page; donors must specify that they want to donate to the Employee Assistance Fund.)

Student Emergency Assistance Fund Giving Form 

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Mission Birmingham<http://missionbirmingham.jimdo.com/> is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.

****************************************************************************************************

Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/ 

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Ashley Gassner in Brooks 122 is collecting items for magicitymom.com  relief efforts.  They are putting together care packages for children.    Abi Williams in Brooks Hall 107 is collecting infant and child items for the relief efforts through birminghammommy.com and MOMS Market. 

SERVE: 

Samford Gives Back volunteer shirts remain available to you at the Hub in the University Center from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm 7 days a week.  We have ordered more shirts (size small and mediums that ran out so fast, even some XXLs for some of our big strong athletes!) so there should be no shortage.  Please do pick up a shirt if you've not already done so.  These shirts clearly identify you as a legitimate volunteer compared to unwelcomed sightseers or worse, looters.   Make sure your shirt  and your actions show that you are there to do good work. 

Please also remember to wear closed toed shoes if you are going into the community for volunteer work.

Don't question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done. 

**************************************** 

Student Amanda Garbus has organized this opportunity:

YMCA Camp Cosby is gathering a group to go down to the communities surrounding Tuscaloosa on Saturday May 7. We will be meeting at 8am in the Rotunda Parking Lot to load supplies and equipment to take to these hard hit areas such as Holt, Alberta, Peterson, and Snoddy. While there we will also be helping tarp roofs, search through the rubble, and provide first aid THOSE WITH FIRST AID EXPERIENCE ARE GREATLY NEEDED.   Also we are in need of some necessary supplies: FIRST AID SUPPLIES, food that does not need to be heated, water, baby supplies (bottles, diapers, formula, and wipes), feminine products (especially pads), CANDLES, NAILS, and HAMMERS. We are also trying to collect supplies for the children in the Holt community such as candy, coloring books, and crayons. If you are interested in volunteering please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and your Samford Gives Back shirt. BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES and if possible a hammer and a bag of nails. To learn more or if you want to drop off supplies contact Amanda Gargus at agargus@samford.eduLOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!!  

**************************************** 

Birmingham Baptist Association  Meal preparation desperately needed: Food Trailer is stationed at 4825 Avenue W Ensley Just behind Fire station #20 near the fairgrounds. There are four shifts available for volunteers, with the two greatest needs the 5:00am shift and the 6:00pm shift. This will take place at least through this week.  If you can form a team to assist with any one of these shifts, please contact Bill Morrison at  bmorrison@alsbom.org.
1st shift: 5am-10am, Preparation of 3000 meals
2nd shift: 10am-1:30pm, Preparation of 3000 meals
3rd shift: 1:30pm-5:00pm, Preparation of 3000 meals
4th shift: 6pm-10pm, Clean up and preparation for following day

*******************************************************

Chainsaw crews needed: Assist in removing trees from property. If students don't have access to a chainsaw, they can drag limbs to the curb. Saturday will be the biggest day for this work.  Wear appropriate work clothes and closed toes shoes.  Central Park Baptist Church; 1900 43rd   Street in Ensley at 9:00 am through Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday.

***********************************************************

Samford Greek Community is being asked to partipate in Alabama Greeks for service in the Tuscaloosa area.  Melissa Carlisle and Director of Greek Life Dr. Denny Bubrig are coordinating this effort.  Students are not to skip class to participate!  However, if you are available, you can learn more about this initial work day this Thursday at the facebook event page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199093363460014 

*******************************************************

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT The Foundry<http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Foundry/97815266274>:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be sorting/sizing clothing donations at Bessemer City Hall Auditorium located on the corner of 18th Street North and 3rd Avenue. We need volunteers to help sort and size from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. All you need to do is show up. Email mandrews@thefoundryonline.org if you can help

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From the Alabama Baptist Fellowship:

·  McDonald's Chapel outside of Birmingham is an isolated community without much help. We have heard that 35 homes were destroyed, additional damage done to most of the other houses and at least six dead. We have identified them as one area where we will be doing extensive long-term work to restore their housing.    

·  There is an IMMEDIATE need for debris removal, clean-up, supplies, and people to come and listen and talk with these victims. If you want to help right away, we need people to come (bring your own supplies - chain saws, gloves, bags, water, gas, etc) on Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm, and then all day Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 starting at 9 am.  Mart Gray of Covenant Church will be organizing these few days of activity (contact: mart@troycable.net or 334-806-8118). We do anticipate more work days in the future. You are encouraged to be updated on your tetanus shot.  

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BB&T Bank will sponsor a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shades Valley Branch, 2501 20th Place South, Birmingham, Ala., 35223

*************************************
 

Critical need for psychiatrist and TRAINED shock, grief and depression counselors in Pratt City.  Please call Anne  Lucas at 205-746-6850 if you are qualified and can help.
 

*************************************

United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  Students can email their availability to 211volunteer@uwca.org to sign up for a 4 hr shift (any times are appreciated).
Students will be trained to answer phones at the emergency hotline to direct calls as necessary
 

***************************************************
 

Hands On Birmingham has specific site needs available for volunteers.  If you've not already formed a volunteer team or signed up as an individual you can do so here:
http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=423
 

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Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site.  Addresses where you can drive to and go into the community from a set location are also listed.  http://www.facebook.com/ChristianServiceMission.  Literally the needs change by the minute so be sure to sign up for their updates.  CS Mission is reaching into Birmingham, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, and the smallest cities in between.  The best thing is to sign for their daily email newsletter which lists the service sites, instructions for volunteering, as well as the day's most pressing donation needs.  From there, simply show up, individually or as a group, or follow instructions given in the email to fulfill one of the needs they share.
 

****************************************************************************************************
 

Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief<http://bbaonline.org/dr> is offering training for disaster relief deployment.
 

****************************************************************************************************
 

MPower Ministries has set up a medical clinic in Pratt City and needs medical volunteers as well as chaplains, pastors, and pastoral counselors.  Find out how to help at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Satellite-Clinic-in-Pratt-City.html?soid=1101981087329&aid=3c0yI-dUwTY or contact Ryan Hankins at ryan.hankins@mpowerministries.org.

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Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham  will continue to send daily teams every weekday from 7 am and 1 pm. (This is the group that meets at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023)
 

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Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Health: http://www.adph.org/volunteer/Default.asp?id=2760
 

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PRAY: 

Take a moment to reflect on those affected by these storms, including members of the Samford community by viewing today's guided prayer video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JeF5LZHg_0
 

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Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.
Continue to check www.samford.edu for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.
 

An opportunity for parents to participate (5/3/11, 5:15 p.m.): 
Samford Parents Association 

A 5/2/11 update on service opportunities from Renie Moss (5:38 p.m.): 

Samford Community,
It is not about the experience we gain from performing service but the service and love we provide to others in the process.  It has been inspiring to me to hear the stories of what volunteers have been doing in the last few days.  While it is inspiring to see the outpouring of love and service to the communities in need, it is most inspiring to me to hear from volunteers how their own perspective is forever changed by their experience.  My prayer is that we will all feel a calling to reflect on our role in this world and how we might be willing to change our daily roles to be more Christ-like.    At tomorrow's worship service (read below), you will be able to see pictures and hear the stories of how we are changing lives in our service to the community right now. 

Samford Gives Back volunteer shirts remain available to you at the Hub in the University Center from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm 7 days a week.  We have ordered more shirts so there should be no shortage.  Please do pick up a shirt if you've not already done so.  These shirts clearly identify you as a legitimate volunteer compared to unwelcomed sightseers or worse, looters.   Make sure your shirt shows that you are there to do good work. 

Please also remember to wear closed toed shoes if you are going into the community for volunteer work.
 

Don't question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done.
 

SERVE:   

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ATThe Foundry:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be sorting/sizing clothing donations at Bessemer City Hall Auditorium located on the corner of 18th Street North and 3rd Avenue. We need volunteers to help sort and size from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. All you need to do is show up. Email mandrews@thefoundryonline.org if you can help

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BB&T bank will sponsor a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shades Valley Branch, 2501 20th Place South, Birmingham, Ala., 35223

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The Birmingham Baptist Assoc and Baptist Health System have set up a medical unit, feeding stations and supply distribution center at Scott Elementary School in Pratt City--Hwy 78 and Hibernan Street.  If you can assist as medical professional, checking in patients, distributing food and supplies please come tomorrow beginning at 6:30 AM.
 

Critical need for psychiatrist and TRAINED shock, grief and depression counselors in Pratt City.  Please call Anne  Lucas at 205-746-6850 if you are qualified and can help. 
 

Also there is a big need for people to man the Birmingham Baptist Association feeding unit 3825 Ave W in West End behind the fire station---other volunteer needs exist also.
 

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United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  Students can email their availability to 211volunteer@uwca.org to sign up for a 4 hr shift (any times are appreciated).
Students will be trained to answer phones at the emergency hotline to direct calls as necessary
 

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Hands On Birmingham has specific site needs available for volunteers.  If you've not already formed a volunteer team or signed up as an individual you can do so here:
http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=423
 

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From Alabama Possible<http://alabamapossible.org/2011/04/tornado-relief-how-you-can-help/> you can review numerous links to community agencies and register online for volunteer opportunities that will communicated to you as soon as they are able to create opportunities for registered individuals and groups.
 

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Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site.  Addresses where you can drive to and go into the community from a set location are also listed.  <http://www.facebook.com/ChristianServiceMission>
 

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Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief<http://bbaonline.org/dr> is offering training for disaster relief deployment.

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Come to Christian Service Mission headquarters at 3600 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham 35222.  From there they will direct you to where you can go for cleanup efforts, serve hot meals, etc.  Relief efforts are daily from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm each weekday.  We will be serving in the following communities with additional communities that may be added based on communicated needs each day:
Pleasant Grove
Wylam
Hueytown
Pratt City
Moody
Cordova
 

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Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham  will continue to send daily teams every weekday from 7 am and 1 pm.
(This is the group that meets at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023)
 

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Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Health<http://www.adph.org/volunteer/Default.asp?id=2760>
 

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For those of you who have been interested in helping out the Tuscaloosa area.  The main Tuscaloosa area seems to be pretty covered by volunteers.  We know that the smaller surrounding communities are in need.  The best way to find out about needs in the Tuscaloosa area is by twitter at one or more of the following accounts:

ua_greek_relief
tuscaloosanews
TheCrimsonWhite
tuscaloosacity
uasga

GIVE: 

Samford Gives Back truck will be parked in the lower lot from 8-9 am on Tuesday morning but after that it will be driven to Mission Birmingham to drop off donations.  We will not man a donation truck after tomorrow morning.  Instead we will direct your donations to area churches and business that will maintain donation sites on a regular basis in the coming weeks.  Donations that are DESPERATELY needed as of 5/2/11 are as follows.  We are no longer accepting clothing as the service agencies have indicated that is not a primary need right now: 

  • Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes
  • Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water
  • Tarps of all sizes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
  • Coolers
  • Batteries
  • Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
  • Feminine care products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First-aid items
  • Bug spray
  • Trash bags and ziploc storage bags of all sizes
  • New towels, baby formula, food, and bottles, linens, laundry detergent

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Mission Birmingham<http://missionbirmingham.jimdo.com/> is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.

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Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/ 

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Ashley Gassner in Brooks 122  and Abi Williams in Brooks Hall 107 are  collecting infant and child items for birminghammommy.com's relief efforts.  You can learn more at http://magiccitymom.com/2011/05/moms-for-children-helping-the-children-affected-by-the-alabama-tornados/ 

PRAY: 

Tuesday May 3rd at 10:00am in Reid Chapel there will be a prayer service for those affected by recent storms. This is not a Convocation event, but simply a service for faculty, staff and students to join together to pray for those in our community who are suffering and in need.

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I encourage you to go to the Christian Service Mission facebook page and Mission Birmingham's page and view some of the pictures of the relief efforts.  There are also pictures of homes and families affected.  When you do, remember that these people are experiencing grief, anxiety of missing loved ones, or lack of resources for the foreseeable future.  Pray for them that their hearts would be comforted by the love of Christ and through the love and support offered to them by all of us in their time of need.

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Reports from Tuscaloosa say that there are still 75 Bama Dining employees that they have not been able to reach and there are fears of additional fatalities among their dining staff.  Pray specifically for the University of Alabama family.

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Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.
Continue to check www.samford.edu<http://www.samford.edu> for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

An important update for Samford employees from Randy Pittman (5/2/11, 2:15 p.m.): 

Several of you have asked about time off in order to help with volunteer efforts going on in our community. We discussed this today in Dr. Westmoreland's cabinet meeting and decided on the following:

In light of the extraordinary damage caused by the storms of April 27, 2011, Samford University is going to offer 2 paid service days to all full time staff employees. These days must be used between last Thursday, April 28 and Thursday, June 30, 2011. The two service days must be used in the disaster relief effort related to the 4/27 storms in the state of Alabama and in the service of people (other than the serving employee) affected by those storms.

The service days must be approved by your supervisor, and taken at a mutually acceptable time so as not to disrupt our normal operations. You will also be required to complete a Tornado Relief Service Day Request Form which must be signed by someone in a position of leadership of the organization for which you are volunteering at the service site (i.e., Samford, your church, Red Cross, etc.). A copy of this form will be available on-line through our Human Resources website in the next couple of days. If you have questions about eligibility or other details, please contact Fred Rogan, Director of Human Resources.

Seeing the response of our colleagues to this tragedy renews my hope. I hope each of you will take advantage of this time off to serve others in a meaningful way. Please see the daily updates to the list of ways you can be involved on our home page at http://www.samford.edu/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=6442468436, and stay tuned to periodic updates from Renie Moss, Assistant Dean of Campus Life, who is doing a great job of organizing ways we can help.

A service opportunities update from Renie Moss (5/1/11, 3:20 p.m.): 

Samford Community,
Today marks the start of another month, a long month for the thousands of tornado victims surrounding us today.

The service work continues and will continue for weeks and months.  Please consider one of the following ways you can give back.  Samford volunteer shirts at the Hub for anyone who would like to head out to one of the service sites listed below.  Please be sure to take one to wear if you have not already so that you will be easily identified as a legitimate volunteer in the community.  Curious onlookers and looters are not welcome, and we want to make sure you are not mistaken in your efforts as you go into the communities.

Please also remember to wear closed toed shoes if you are going into the community for volunteer work. 

Don't question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done.

SERVE:
United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  Students can email their availability to 211volunteer@uwca.org to sign up for a 4 hr shift (any times are appreciated).
Students will be trained to answer phones at the emergency hotline to direct calls as necessary

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Hands On Birmingham has specific site needs available for volunteers.  If you've not already formed a volunteer team or signed up as an individual you can do so here: 
http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=423 

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From Alabama Possible you can review numerous links to community agencies and register online for volunteer opportunities that will communicated to you as soon as they are able to create opportunities for registered individuals and groups.

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Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site.  Addresses where you can drive to and go into the community from a set location are also listed. 

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Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief is offering training for disaster relief deployment.

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Come to Christian Service Mission headquarters at 3600 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham 35222.  From there we will direct you to where you can go for cleanup efforts, serve hot meals, etc.  We will start our relief efforts at NOON until 8PM on Sunday  We will be serving in the following communities:

Pleasant Grove
Wylam
Hueytown
Pratt City
Moody
Cordova

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Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham  will continue to send daily teams every weekday from 7 am and 1 pm.
(This is the group that meets at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023)

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Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Health 

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GIVE:

Samford Gives Back truck will be parked in the lower lot by the West Gate on today and tomorrow and will accept donations. 1-4 on Sunday and from 8-4:30 on Monday.  On Monday morning, the truck will be staffed by 8:00 am for employees and students arriving for the day.  It will remain open until the close of the work day or until the truck is full. 

  • Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes
  • Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water
  • Tarps of all sizes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
  • Coolers
  • Non-Perishable food
  • Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
  • Feminine care products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First-aid items
  • Work gloves
  • Clothing (t-shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, etc.)
  • Other times that can be for immediate need (new towels, baby formula, food, and bottles, linens, laundry detergent,
     

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Mission Birmingham is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.  We understand that they are also putting together service site initiatives and will communicate with Samford as soon as these needs are known so that we may assist.

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Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/ 

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PRAY:

I encourage you to go to the Christian Service Mission facebook page and Mission Birmingham's page and view some of the pictures of the relief efforts.  There are also pictures of homes and families affected.  When you do, remember that these people are experiencing grief, anxiety of missing loved ones, or lack of resources for the foreseeable future.  Pray for them that their hearts would be comforted by the love of Christ and through the love and support offered to them by all of us in their time of need.

Reports from Tuscaloosa say that there are still 75 Bama Dining employees that they have not been able to reach and there are fears of additional fatalities among their dining staff.  Pray specifically for the University of Alabama family.

Tuesday May 3rd at 10:00am in Reid Chapel there will be a prayer service for those affected by recent storms.  This is not a Convocation event, but simply a service for faculty, staff and students to join together to pray for those in our community who are suffering and in need.

Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.

Continue to check www.samford.edu for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

A message from Samford President Andrew Westmoreland (5/1/11): 

Good afternoon.
Our first and only thoughts today turn to the magnitude of the losses suffered within our community and across Alabama.  Hundreds of Samford volunteers are serving this weekend throughout the Birmingham area, returning to campus with a fresh perspective of the challenges we must face together.  One student said that she was "wrecked and renewed" by the experience. 
I will remind us again and again in the months to come that we must discipline ourselves for a long obedience as we lend support to our neighbors.  Today it is distributing bottles of water.  Next week it will be listening as they delve into the emotional trauma that must rise to the surface.  Next month it will be the fretful and sometimes contentious planning that is part and parcel of rebuilding.  Next year it will be the hammering of nails, the painting of walls, amid the reflections of the first anniversary of the storm.
The daily messages from Renie Moss feature three words of hope:  give, serve, pray.  Give as Christ has given to us; serve as Christ has commanded; pray in the name of Christ that our thoughts and deeds may bless God and those around us.
Keep the faith, Samford.  Live out the truth of Galatians Chapter 6, Verse 9:  "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Service opportunities for Sunday, May 1 (posted 4/30/11, 4:45 p.m.):

From Christian Service Mission - same volunteer opportunities from today will repeat on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.  See below:

First come to Christian Service Mission headquarters at 3600 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham 35222. From there we will direct you to where you can go for cleanup efforts, serve hot meals, etc.  We will start our relief efforts at NOON until 8PM tomorrow.  We will be serving in the following communities:

  • Pleasant Grove
  • Wylam
  • Hueytown
  • Pratt City
  • Moody
  • Cordova

If you CANNOT come here first, then there is a site you can directly go to.  David S. Miller has graciously given his yard to set up relief efforts.  Here is the information below:

David S. Miller
512 Avenue Y 
Birmingham, AL 35214
Phone: 205-249-1482 

We are also still in need of volunteers to take items of delivery trucks and sort through items here at our headquarters.   I know many want to get out in the communities to serve, but we also need volunteers to stay and help us here.  

Christian Service Mission will also be open to receive donations of the listed items below from NOON to 8PM Saturday. We have a crew that will be here all day to receive items.  We are located at 3600 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham 35222.  Right now we are in need of volunteers to help unload these items from trucks and to sort through these donated items.

An update from Renie Moss on work done April 30 and additional opportunities (4/30/11, 4:40 p.m.): 

This morning several of our Campus Life staff members  gathered at the Hub to distribute Samford volunteer shirts to over 200 volunteers headed out into the communities and to service agencies to respond to the tornado disaster in our surrounding communities.   Community Service Council officers will staff the Samford Give Back donation truck tonight at the Avett Brothers concert. To those of you who served, thank you and please let me know via email if you are willing to share your experiences. 

Dr. Westmoreland and others have said that this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.  I suspect that after today, those of you who were in these hard hit communities or working in distribution centers can personally attest to just how long the service response will need to be to offer our love and support.

For tomorrow, there are no set specific service sites communicated to me...yet.  If service opportunities present themselves, they will be posted on the facebook pages of Christian Service Mission (http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChristianServiceMission) the blog of Mission Birmingham (http://missionbirmingham.jimdo.com/).  

Don't question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done. 

SERVE: 

United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/united_way_needs_volunteers_fo.html 

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From Alabama Possible you can review numerous links to community agencies and register online for volunteer opportunities that will communicated to you as soon as they are able to create opportunities for registered individuals and groups.

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Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site. 

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Sign up to volunteer through Hands on Birmingham

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Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief is offering training for disaster relief deployment.

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Medical volunteers can sign up atAlabama Department of Public Health 

GIVE: 

Samford Gives Back truck will be parked in the lower lot by the West Gate on Sunday and will accept donations from 1-4.  On Monday morning, the truck will be staffed by 8:00 am for employees and students arriving for the day.  It will remain open until the close of the work day or until the truck is full.  It will be delivered to Christian Service Mission. 

·         Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes

·         Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water

·         Non-Perishable food

·         Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)

·         Feminine care products

·         Cleaning supplies

·         First-aid items

·         Work gloves

·         Clothing (t-shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, etc.)

·         Other times that can be for immediate need (new towels, baby formula, food, and bottles, linens, laundry detergent,

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At the Avett Brothers Concert on Saturday night, collection efforts will continue and the Avett Brothers themselves have agreed to donate autographed guitar, banjo, and concert posters, that will be given away in a drawing.  Your donation of money or items listed below will provide you with an opportunity to participate in this drawing.  All proceeds will be provided to the Christian Service Mission.  Donations can be dropped at the Samford Gives Back truck.

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Mission Birmingham is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.  We understand that they are also putting together service site initiatives and will communicate with Samford as soon as these needs are known so that we may assist.

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Dawson Memorial Baptist Church is sponsoring a much needed blood drive on Sunday, May 1st 7:30am – 12:30 pm.  Look for signs in front of the church which is located at 1114 Oxmoor Rd in Homewood. 

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Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/ 

PRAY: 

I encourage you to go to the Christian Service Mission facebook page and view some of the pictures of the relief efforts.  There are also pictures of homes and families affected.  When you do, remember that as of today, these families are going into the fifth day of utter chaos, many experiencing grief, anxiety of missing loved ones, or lack of resources for the foreseeable future.  Pray for them that their hearts would be comforted by the love of Christ and through the love and support offered to them by all of us in their time of need.

Reports from Tuscaloosa say that there are 200 Bama Dining employees that they have not been able to reach and there are fears of additional fatalities among their dining staff.  Pray specifically for the University of Alabama family. 

Tuesday May 3rd at 10:00am in Reid Chapel there will be a prayer service for those affected by recent storms.  This is not a Convocation event, but simply a service for faculty, staff and students to join together to pray for those in our community who are suffering and in need.

Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.

Continue to check www.samford.edu for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

An update from Renie Moss about additional opportunities (4/29/11, 11:30 p.m.): 

This additional service site opportunity was in the works today and  the details were not yet available when I sent out our daily pray.give.serve email.  With so many needs, it is difficult for organizations to organize on "our time schedule" right now so again, we must approach these service opportunities with open hearts and hands and be willing to go when called.  Hopefully there are volunteers that are able to participate in this service opportunity in the hard hit area of Pleasant Grove tomorrow.

As with the other service sites tomorrow, please come to the Hub at the University Center between 7-9 am, , and there you will be able to pick up a Samford Gives Back red shirt that will identify you as a legitimate volunteer in the communities. 

PLEASANT GROVE WORK SITE THROUGH MISSION BIRMINGHAM Mission Birmingham in conjunction with Samaritan's Purse are organizing volunteers at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023 at 1pm.  Volunteers are needed to help remove debris from the neighborhood as well as deliver food and resources to the residents.  Volunteers are asked to dress in work clothes and bring work gloves any tools such as chainsaws, hammer, drills, etc that they may have.  Having the items is not a requirement for service.

Mission Birmingham will have another service opportunity later in the weekend in the Norwood community.  More details will be communicated as soon as possible. 

Mission Birmingham is also  asking for donations of personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, bandages, feminine products, deodorant, soap, towels, etc.  These items can be delivered to Mission Birmingham located at 2012 Magnolia Avenue in 5 Points South across from Bailey Brothers Music Store on 20th Street South tomorrow and all next week.

They will also  eventually need more volunteers to help assemble and distribute the care packages so I will communicate when they are ready to receive volunteers to coordinate this effort.

An important update from Renie Moss, assistant dean for campus life, about service opportunities on Saturday, April 30 (4/29/11, 3:40 p.m.):

Samford Community,

So many of us are hearing of needs and the natural initial reaction is to simply act before considering how the act in the most helpful way.  The disaster and service experts are telling us to volunteer through organized agencies and not to go out on our own.  You will be turned away if you do act on your own.  Although your intentions are good, understand that these disaster areas must be controlled for protection and out of respect for the affected citizens, what property they may have left, and to provide organization to the service initiatives now underway.  There are opportunities to serve and here are ways encourage the Samford community to go forth and serve.    Form a group of student organization members, gather your faculty or staff department, or gather age appropriate members of your family together and simply show up at one of the designated places listed below, ready to serve. The most recent need posted is medical volunteers so please note the link below if you have a medical expertise area that can be of service.   

Don't question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done. 

SERVE: 

There is a need for help in the Disaster area to clean and set up the command center in Pratt City on Saturday. If you would like to participate, you need to come to the HUB in the University Center at 7:00 am Saturday morning to receive a Samford service t-shirt that will identify you as a legitimate volunteer in the Disaster area.   T-shirts are on a rush to be printed and will be delivered late tonight to make our 7:00 am deadline.    Community officials communicated that volunteers need to have some kind of "uniform" to identify them as legitimate volunteers in these hard hit areas.  Meet at the listed address to be involved with these cleanup efforts.  If you are not able to come to the HUB tomorrow morning, be sure to wear a Samford t-shirt of some kind so that you can be identified as a designated volunteer.  We will have cleaning supplies to take to this command center as well and will give them to the volunteers that will be headed that way.  Please carpool to the site as parking is likely to be limited. 

After obtaining your t-shirt at the HUB, go directly to

Holy Trinity World Outreach  (take 20/59 toward Tuscaloosa, take US 78/Arkadelphia Rd exit off of 20/59, turn left on to US 78,  turn left onto 16th Avenue West  )
1010 16th Ave West 
Birmingham, AL 35204

In case you have trouble finding the church - Phone number of Pastor Eric Harris (205)  515-6781  

Volunteers arriving at that site will be sorted and divided into work groups to assist with disaster relief.  Come dressed ready to work and willing to do whatever you are directed to do.

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Christian Service Mission (3600 3rd Ave. S.) has asked for volunteers to come at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning to help receive donations and help sort and organize donations so that they can be quickly sent out for distribution.   It is likely that volunteers may be directed to service sites as well to prepare and deliver meals to the hard hit communities.  No matter the number that shows up Saturday morning, there will be work to do and volunteers will be vital to the operation.  By tomorrow morning they anticipate designated work sites in disaster areas as well so volunteers that come at 10:00 am may be diverted to work the disaster areas.  You also need to come to the HUB in the University Center between 8:00 – 9:00 am to receive a Samford service t-shirt that will identify you as a legitimate volunteer in the Disaster area should you be sent into the community.  Community officials communicated that volunteers need to have some kind of "uniform" to identify them as legitimate volunteers in these hard hit areas. 

In just the last 24 hours the Christian Service mission served an estimated 2000 meals.  Efforts are increasing so they need volunteers to help ramp up efforts to expand on Saturday.

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From Alabama Possible you can review numerous links to community agencies and register online for volunteer opportunities that will communicated to you as soon as they are able to create opportunities for registered individuals and groups.

Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission facebook site. 

Sign up to volunteer through Hands on Birmingham

Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief is offering training for disaster relief deployment.

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Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Health 

GIVE: 

Beginning at 5:00 pm, Saturday morning a 24 foot truck will be parked in the Wright Center parking lot with a banner designated it as a site for donations of the following items: 

·         Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes

·         Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water

·         Non-Perishable food

·         Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)

·         Feminine care products

·         Cleaning supplies

·         First-aid items

·         Work gloves

·         Clothing (t-shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, etc.)

·         Other times that can be for immediate need (new towels, baby formula, food, and bottles, linens, laundry detergent,

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At the Avett Brothers Concert on Saturday night, collection efforts will continue and the Avett Brothers themselves have agreed to donate autographed guitar, banjo, and concert posters, that will be given away in a drawing.  Your donation of money or items listed below will provide you with an opportunity to participate in this drawing.  All proceeds will be provided to the Christian Service Mission.  Donations can be dropped at the Samford Gives Back truck.

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Mission Birmingham is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.  We understand that they are also putting together service site initiatives and will communicate with Samford as soon as these needs are known so that we may assist.

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Dawson Memorial Baptist Church is sponsoring a much needed blood drive on Sunday, May 1st 7:30am – 12:30 pm.  Look for signs in front of the church which is located at 1114 Oxmoor Rd in Homewood. 

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The Samford Gives Back donation truck will remain the lower stadium parking lot by the west gate until Tuesday morning to continue to collect donations so employees as you go home for the weekend, consider returning on Monday with donations you and your family have gathered.  I know for my young children, this is a learning opportunity to teach them in a simple way, what hearts and hands of Christian love and service can look like, even at the age of 3 and 5. 

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Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at http://www.familyvoicesal.org/ 

PRAY: 

In speaking to one fellow employee who was walking across campus today, he introduced me to his son, who is a student at the University of Alabama.  The student shared with me his story of being in his basement as his college house in Tuscaloosa was blown away above him.  There are no words that could accurately describe his experience and the experience of so many others in our communities.  In the midst of so much tragedy, it is important to remember to thank God for his mercy and grace in during this difficult time.  Please continue to pray for the victims but also pray for our community that we may show the love of Christ in our efforts to serve others.

Tuesday May 3rd at 10:00am in Reid Chapel there will be a prayer service for those affected by recent storms.  This is not a Convocation event, but simply a service for faculty, staff and students to join together to pray for those in our community who are suffering and in need.

 Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.

 Continue to check www.samford.edu for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

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An important message from Renie Moss, assistant dean for campus life (4/28/11, 9:30 p.m.):

Dear Samford Community,

There is a tremendous desire among us to do something, anything, that would offer assistance to our surrounding communities during this time of great need.  If you've watched the news, no doubt you have heard that volunteers are not being allowed into the hard hit areas as the basic work of emergency recovery must be completed and quickly.  After that, we know there will be weeks, if not months of service outreach efforts that we will call upon each of you to consider. Last night I shared with you that today I would communicate needs that are vital to the disaster response at this current time.  Each day I will do this, as we work to identify ways we can continue to be of the greatest assistance to the affected communities.  For today, here are several ways I would ask you direct your time and attention.  I invite you to consider one or more of these three ways you can participate in the work that is ahead of us.

GIVE:

The Christian Service Mission, located at 3600 3rd Avenue South in Birmingham is partnered with numerous churches, community and neighborhood agencies and regularly provides assistance to communities in the form of food, goods, services, shelter, education, you name it.  If you participated in the recent Samford Gives Back Day of service, you likely participated in a site that was coordinated by Christian Service Mission. 

Pharmacy Students – Tomorrow you have  BBQ lunch and band at noon.  Dr. Mike Kendrach has asked you to consider bringing donations of items listed below to support relief efforts. All proceeds will be provided to the Christian Service Mission.

At the Avett Brothers Concert on Saturday night, collection efforts will continue and the Avett Brothers themselves have agreed to donate autographed guitar, banjo, and concert posters, that will be given away in a drawing.  Your donation of money or items listed below will provide you with an opportunity to participate in this drawing.  All proceeds will be provided to the Christian Service Mission. 

Only these items will be accepted for donation:

  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water
  • Non-Perishable food
  • Personal care products (soap, wipes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
  • Feminine care products
  • Clothing (t-shirts, pants, undergarments, etc.)
  • Socks
  • Other items that can be for immediate need (new towels, linens, laundry detergent, etc)

SERVE: 

Christian Service Mission (3600 3rd Ave. S.) has asked for volunteers to come at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning to help receive donations and help sort and organize donations so that they can be quickly sent out for distribution.   Director Tracy Hipps stated that trucks from area churches will be arriving with donations (we'll be one of those trucks at the start of next week after our collection), and he expects volunteers will be needed to help gather items from cargo trucks, car trunks, whatever pulls up to the curb.  No matter the number that shows up Saturday morning, Tracy Hipps says that there will be work to do and volunteers will be vital to the operation. 

From Alabama Possible you can review numerous links to community agencies and register online for volunteer opportunities that will communicated to you as soon as they are able to create opportunities for registered individuals and groups.

PRAY: 

It is likely that you heard from at least one person that had a personal connection to the tragedies across the state and perhaps in states prior to the storms that affected Alabama this week.  Our own Samford family has been affected as employees, students, and alumni have shared how the storms have damaged or destroyed their homes, and tragically, the lives of loved ones as well. 

Tomorrow both Reid Chapel and Hodges Chapel will be open from 12-1 for silent prayer.  Students, faculty, staff and members of the Birmingham community who wish to join for silent prayer are invited to be present for any or all of that hour.   

Tuesday May 3rd at 10:00am in Reid Chapel there will be a prayer service for those affected by recent storms.  This is not a Convocation event, but simply a service for faculty, staff and students to join together to pray for those in our community who are suffering and in need.

Please know that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.

Continue to check www.samford.edu for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  I will continue to update you daily on additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

An important message from Randy Pittman, vice president for advancement (4/28/11, 4:30 p.m.): 

Samford Friends,

In response to my e-mail early this morning, we now know of several Samford employees and students who lost their homes, sustained damage to their homes, or had injured relatives in yesterday's storm. I have received numerous messages from faculty, staff and students informing me of nine students who had homes damaged or destroyed and twelve employees or their immediate families who had substantial home damage or injury. Tragically, we also were informed about one of our young alums, Carrie Grier Lowe, R.N. '06, who lost her life in the tornado. It will not be a surprise if we hear of more damage or injury as the next few days unfold.

Several of us have spent much of today discussing things we can do to help. Underlying our discussions has been the principle that Dr. Westmoreland has articulated in his messages to you earlier: we don't need to 'leap to action' right away, but need to wait at least a couple of days for the real professionals to do their job in assessing the damage and organizing recovery and relief efforts. If we don't do this we could actually hinder, rather than help, the efforts.

Right now, we have a few specific suggestions for you:

Pray. Pray for the victims, the affected families, the relief workers, local law enforcement, civic leaders, and those who are meeting the physical and emotional needs of the victims in local health care facilities, churches and counseling centers. Tomorrow from noon to one p.m. both Hodges Chapel and Reid Chapel will be open for prayer for all of these.

Give. We have established both an Employee Emergency Assistance Fund and a Student Emergency Assistance Fund that can be used to support Samford people and their families as they have financial needs brought about by this disaster. You can send a check to Samford designating one of these funds in the memo line, or you can give on-line by going to one of these links:

Serve. Renie Moss, our Assistant Dean for Campus Life, is working with several local charities right now to organize ways that Samford students and employees will be able to get their hands dirty and help in just a few days. She will begin announcing these efforts via e-mail later today, and you will likely hear from her often. You can also look on Samford's home page right now and see a list of agencies that can use your help or donated goods. This list will be updated frequently.

I will be updating you regularly as we see opportunities for Samford to give back to the people of our community who need us more than ever. Keep serving.

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Information on school supplies need in Hackleburg: 

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR HACKLEBURG 

Due to the recent tornado outbreak, the town of Hackleburg is asking for school supply donations. 

Kappa Delta Pi is sponsoring a school supply drive from May 5th-May 10th. 

Please drop off new school supplies outside of Room 233 in the OBB. 

 YOU can make a difference in a child's life! 

 If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Dutton at jdutton@samford.edu. 

Special notice from UAB:

There is an emergency blood drive on the 2nd floor of UAB hospital, in the atrium. It started at noon today (Thursday) and it is for the level I trauma unit here at UAB. 

From Samford faculty member Nancy Whitt:

The mayor says that the people in the downtown shelter need clothes and water.  If anyone would like me to take clothes and/or water to GBM to be distributed, I'll clean out my CRV and you can bring items tomorrow for me to take. 

From Samford faculty member Abi Williams:

I wanted to get the word out that my office (Brooks Hall 107) will serve as a drop-off location for the tornado relief effort being coordinated by BirminghamMommy.com and MOMS Market. They are collecting basic items for families devastated by yesterday's storms and will be distributing everything collected directly to the families. Right now they are collecting toiletries, diapers, clothes, shoes, wipes, blankets, formula, bottles, and other basic items for families with small children. As the effort continues, they will construct a specific needs list for individual families which I will post outside my office door. The drop-off box is being delivered at 9:45 this morning and will remain outside my office until further notice.

From Birmingham Baptist Association:

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for Disaster Relief Response to the recent devastating storms in Alabama. If you are interested please call BBA – Birmingham Baptist Association at 599-3245.

EMERGENCY NEED for blood donations. LifeSouth Blood Mobile will be at Dawson Baptist Church this Sunday, May 1. Please consider making a donation.

From faculty member Michelle Joiner: 

If anyone is specifically interested in helping families of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) who have been impacted by the recent tornadoes, Family Voices of AL is accepting donations which we will turn around to direct assistance to families.  You can check our Donate page on the FV website, www.familyvoicesal.org for more information.

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