Donate to Pickens County relief efforts:
 
To support relief efforts for the tornadoes and storms that hit Pickens County, consider donating to Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee. Checks can be sent to Pickens County Community Action, PO Box 348, Carrollton, AL 35447. Or, call 205-399-6249  
 
The Governor's Emergency Relief Fund (GERF)

To support those who respond to disasters consider one of the following Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member agencies:

Adventist Community Services 

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief

Alabama Food Bank Association

Baldwin County VOAD

Church of the Highlands

City Action Partnership

Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing

Coffee County ROCC/VOAD

Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa County

Convoy of Hope

Covington County VOAD

Cullman County VOAD

Elmore County VOAD

Etowah County VOAD

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Good Shepherd UMC

HandsOn River Region

Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response

Jefferson County VOAD

Legal Services of Alabama

Madison County VOAD

Marshall County Commission

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mobile County VOAD

Morgan County VOAD

North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

Operation BBQ Relief

Operation Blessing International

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Reach Out Worldwide

Salvation Army

Samaritan’s Purse

Southeastern Synod

St. Vincent dePaul

The Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church

Tuscaloosa VOAD

United Way of Baldwin County

United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of East Central Alabama/1st Call for Help

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Northwest Alabama

United Way of Selma & Dallas County

United Way of Southwest Alabama

United Way of West Alabama

United Ways of Alabama

Walker County VOAD

World Renew

Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee is also looking for Volunteers to help with the recovery from this disaster. If interested in volunteering contact LaKitha Bell at 205-367-2009.
Helpful tips for Donating: 
  • Cash is best! –This allows relief organizations to purchase exactly what items are needed to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Funds will also provide direct victim assistance.
  • Confirm the Need Before Collecting – Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Many groups have been disappointed that their efforts and the goods they collected were not appreciated. A community hit by disaster, however, does not have the time, manpower or money to sort and dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated goods. 
Helpful tips for Volunteering: 
  • Call 2-1-1 to register to volunteer
  • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
  • Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
  • Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

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