Wednesday Final Tornado Volunteer Cleanup Day

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

United Way has determined that one more day is needed for general cleanup volunteers to help in Oaklawn and the surrounding areas.

In the past week, nearly 2,000 volunteers have helped cleanup the tornado-damaged areas.

"There's a huge difference. I mean you can actually see the street now," said Kelly Slonecker, whose home in Oaklawn was not damaged.

Slonecker took her family on a stroll through the neighborhood on Tuesday evening. She said the difference has been thanks to volunteers and paid workers.

"I've had so many people even on my side. I can't tell who's a volunteer, who is paid to be here, because they work just as hard," she said.

Everyone has been hard at work trying to cleanup the area. Volunteers and neighbors have gathered tree limbs and debris onto the sidewalks. Then, dump trucks have taken the debris out of the neighborhood.

"Neighbor has helped neighbor, whether it's the person next door or the person that lives farther away," said Mark Stump, United Way director of direct services. "We really just couldn't get it done without all of those people that have come forward. This community could not do this on their own."

Volunteers will still be needed for specialized projects. If you'd like to help, call the United Way 24-hour hotline by dialing 2-1-1.

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