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.
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
Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
Feminine care products
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,
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.
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/
United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line, Students can email their availability to firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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.
Christian Service Mission
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.
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:
Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief
Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief is offering training for disaster relief deployment.
Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham
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 Health
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.