Volunteers Needed to Help With West Liberty Tornado Cleanup Efforts

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NeighborWorks® America Week brings awareness to recovery projects

Destroyed homes following the deadly tornado in West Liberty

Each June we in the FAHE network celebrate Home Ownership month and NeighborWorks® America week. What better way to celebrate both these events than by volunteering in West Liberty with our member and fellow NWA member, Frontier Housing?

NeighborWorks® America, in conjunction with the nonprofit housing organizations Fahe and Frontier Housing, is sponsoring a daylong volunteer event in West Liberty, KY on June 8 to clear the ruined lots of two families that lost their homes in the March 2 tornadoes. West Liberty was one of the areas worst damaged in a series of deadly tornadoes that struck Kentucky and Indiana. Volunteers need not be from Kentucky to come and lend a helping hand to a community in need.

“The March 2 tornado’s devastated my neighboring community of West Liberty, Kentucky. Many homes were lost in the storm,” Said Executive Vice President of Membership and Advocacy at Fahe, Tom Carew. “Each June we in the FAHE network celebrate Home Ownership month and NeighborWorks® America week. What better way to celebrate both these events than by volunteering in West Liberty with our member and fellow NWA member, Frontier Housing?”

NeighborWorks® America Week has always been a time to bring awareness and to promote advocacy for the housing crisis facing both urban and rural America. During this time, members across the country mobilize thousands of volunteers to make a change through rehab, construction, cleanup, and education. As part of this event, local Kentucky officials are expected to attend to speak and to help with the cleanup efforts.

Work will begin at 9 am sharp on June 8. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Madalyn Willis of Fahe at 859-986-2321 ext. 2144 or via email at mwillis(at)fahe(dot)org. Location details will be provided upon registering. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

The work at hand will involve demolition and removal of debris to make way for reconstruction. Tools and safety equipment will be on hand, but volunteers are encouraged to bring tools, boots, gloves, goggles and other safety gear to avoid shortages.

Fahe is a regional nonprofit based in Berea, Kentucky that leads a network of Appalachian organizations to create housing and promote community development in KY, TN, VA, and WV. For more information visit http://www.fahe.org.

Frontier Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit for 38 years in Eastern Kentucky, builds and develops single and multi-family housing. Frontier, a NeighborWorks® Network Homeownership Center with an Exemplary rating, is the largest residential builder in its service area and the largest nonprofit builder in Kentucky. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a NeighborWorks® Full Cycle Lender, Frontier has a reputation of ensuring sustainable homeownership with low foreclosure rates of less than 1%. For more information, visit http://www.frontierhousing.org

About NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks® network – more than 235 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks® organizations have generated nearly $20 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks® America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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