With a tornado hitting Meridian last year on April 14th, there are still several homes needing to be repaired. “Partners in Recovery is the community-based committee on relief locally in Lauderdale county that’s working to bring all the pieces together to get these homes repaired for these victims,” said Leigh Thomas who is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of East Mississippi.
MEMA has given the Community Foundation of East Mississippi $250,000 in relief funds, but it doesn’t cover things such as appliances or professional, non-volunteer labor costs. “We have a disaster relief fund here at the community fund called Disaster Relief Lauderdale County that the general public can contribute to, to help pay for expenses that the MEMA funds will not cover,” said Thomas.
The community can donate to this fund, or, they can sign up to volunteer on the nearly twenty homes in our area that need work. “There are all sorts of projects that we need volunteers for from actual putting roofs on and building to cabinet work, flooring, and also simple things that a lot people can do like painting and cleaning up,” said Thomas.
Various local groups and groups from around the country have come to help over the course of this year. Out of the nearly twenty homes still needing repairs, nearly half of those families have yet to be able to move back into their homes. If you’d like to donate to the relief fund, visit their website www.cfem.org. If you’d like to volunteer, call their office at 601-696-3035.