3 ways you can support Lee County tornado relief efforts, including United Way

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Numerous non-profit organizations and media outlets throughout Birmingham and Alabama are stepping forward to support the victims of Sunday’s tornados in Lee County and surrounding areas.

Bham Now has compiled a list of three ways you can help.

Give to the United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) in partnership with United Way of Lee County, has launched a secure and trusted donation site.

“Today we launched a single fundraising drive for United Way of Lee County, which will provide relief for the residents in Smith Station, Beauregard and surrounding communities,” said Drew Langloh, President & CEO, United Way of Central Alabama.

“While the Lee County leadership is concentrating on its rescue and recovery plans, UWCA is equipped to process online donations that will be available to the victims faster,” said Rebecca Benton, Executive Director, United Way of Lee County. “Our focus now is setting up a disaster reception center to register and organize all the volunteer groups that are helping with the rescue and recovery, “ said Benton.

To help with the rescue and recovery, go to https://www.uwca.org/helpleecounty/

“Together for Alabama” Telethon on March 6

WBRC Fox6 News, WVTM 13 and other networks are teaming with the Alabama Broadcasting Association to host “Together for Alabama” tornado relief telethon. The telethon is being held in partnership with the Birmingham Salvation Army and American Red Cross. The telethon will be held all day on Wednesday, March 6.

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, there are three groups organizing  recovery efforts.

  • The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is hosting local volunteer rescue efforts. Stop by Sanford Middle School for direction on where volunteers and search and rescue personnel are needed most.
  • The American Red Cross is organizing volunteers to address multiple issues. Call the Red Cross at 205-704-1777 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
  • Birmingham’s Church of the Highlands is organizing volunteers to help those in need and to assist in clean up efforts. Text the word “response” to 74000 to get updates on ways to get involved.

Stay tuned for additional details about how you can help.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.