Officials coordinating Wessington Springs’ recovery from a June 18 tornado have established a volunteer reception center to match those offering assistance with community resident who need help.
Mayor Melissa Mebius said some volunteers are needed, and there is an ongoing need for cash donations. The community has received generous donations of clothing and is able to meet most current community needs for those items, she said.
The volunteer reception center will be open beginning Monday, June 23, at 8 a.m.
People coming to the community to offer their help are asked to register at the volunteer reception center located at the Wessington Springs Elementary School, 904 2nd Street NE. The most convenient access to the elementary school is into town on 383rd Avenue from Highway 34 and then west on 2nd Street Northeast.
Clean-up efforts continue in the community. The establishment of the volunteer reception center is an important step in transitioning from a focus on immediate response to longer-term recovery, the mayor said.
“We still have many things to do”, Mebius said, “and we are prioritizing the properties and people most in need of assistance”.
Mebius said help is needed with general debris cleanup. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, sun screen and rakes and to wear appropriate clothing that includes pants and hard soled shoes. Volunteers may register at the elementary school each day beginning at 8 a.m. Daily check-out is at the elementary school no later than 7 p.m.
Volunteers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult supervisor able to work alongside the youth volunteers.
Individuals and groups or businesses wishing to support recovery efforts are encouraged to contribute to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund by contacting the Red Cross. To donate, visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org and designate your donation for Wessington Springs or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
Cash donations designated to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund may be dropped off at American Bank & Trust locations in Wessington Springs, Alpena, Huron, Wolsey, Miller, Huron-Walmart, Pierre, Mellette and De Smet.