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Joplin Looks to Volunteers for Help in Rebuilding

Many organizations are still hard at work providing help to people in Joplin and thousands from across the country are looking for ways to lend a hand. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

With much work still left to be done in Joplin, The United Way, a volunteer resource center, has a 2-1-1 hotline and website for volunteers to find out how they can assist those in need.

Martha Love works for Springfield-Greene County Libraries and is organizing the 2-1-1 hotline for The United Way.

“When we ask people to go to the www.211missouri.org and click on that you want to be a volunteer there is now a list of over 200 projects. And you can select projects you’re interested in working on and click on it register yourself to participate in those projects,” says Love.

Love says volunteers can also dial 2-1-1 or call 1-800-427-4626 to reach the 2-1-1 hotline to receive information about groups that are working in Joplin and need help.“Lots of projects for sorting donations, even projects for making and delivering sandwiches. But a lot of supply warehouse types of things and debris clean up is a huge need right now,” says Love.

The website www.211missouri.org also has information on what volunteers should bring and what to be prepared for.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.