The storm last week and subsequent flooding have caused significant damage, injury, and the tragic loss of life across West Virginia.
Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) joins all people of faith in prayer for those who have lost loved ones, lost homes, and those that have been affected by the devastation.
Since the on-set, CCWVa’s Statewide Disaster Coordinator Janet Kelley has participated in WV-VOAD (Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster) calls. The group of organizations includes first responders, emergency management personnel and disaster recovery organizations. CCWVa’s disaster services play a significant role in the long-term (sometimes years) recovery after a widespread disaster.
As CCWVa participates to stay informed and assess need, disaster services and outreach staff are assisting in response and relief efforts. Kelley is currently leading a VOAD Volunteer Reception site in Elkview. The site is open 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., seven days a week and will support volunteers with supplies and meals as they work in clean-up and recovery in the Clendenin/Elkview area. Also, CCWVa outreach staff near or within the affected areas are working in their local communities to collect items for relief (rakes, shovels, contractor size garbage bags, rubber boots, gloves and bleach), and to contact volunteers who have registered at VOAD’s volunteer registration through Volunteer West Virginia’s webpage www.volunteerwv.org.
CCWVa will be there in the many months to come to help people recover their homes from the devastation. For more than 15 years, CCWVa has been active in disaster recovery in West Virginia; working closely with WV-VOAD and Long Term Recovery Committees to help people who have suffered damage or loss of their homes return them to safe, sanitary and secure homes.
Donations can be made online at https://catholiccharitieswv.org/paypal-donate/, by calling 1-888-900-2989, or by mail to Catholic Charities WV, 2000 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.
CCWVa’s mission is to alleviate poverty, distress, and injustice by providing comprehensive social services to the poor and vulnerable, advocating for social justice, and calling all people of good will, especially those of the church, to service.
In support of its universal mission, CCWVa is open to all people regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, protected Veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, marital or family status.