The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 13, 2012

Volunteers available to help with yards

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Volunteers arriving in Joplin during spring break are available to help residents affected by last May’s tornado who need help with yard work or minor projects.

“There are literally hundreds of students taking their spring breaks to come and help Joplin,” Assistant City Manager Sam Anselm said in a news release issued by the city. “Residents who may need help raking the small debris out of their yards, or another set of hands in building a fence or other small projects, are encouraged to call for volunteer assistance. We are thankful for the many volunteers who have helped us in the past and those who are continuing with the recovery efforts by providing this type of help.”

AmeriCorps is managing the volunteers. City officials say more than 119,000 volunteers have worked in Joplin since the tornado.

To sign up for assistance to get details, call 625-3558.