Tuesday February 10, 2009
Louisville residents who are physically unable to remove tree limbs and branches left by the ice storm from their yards may apply for help through an assistance hotline. Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KYVOAD), Metro United Way and Louisville Metro Government are partnering to link residents in need with cleanup volunteers.
Residents who are elderly, sick, or disabled may call the CONNECT line (266-6328 or CONNECT) from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 through Thursday, Feb. 12 to request a volunteer team to clear their yards.
“Volunteers were a critical part of our city’s recovery from the fall windstorm,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We saw how neighbors helped neighbors – and we’re pleased to provide an opportunity to match volunteers with residents who can’t clean their properties alone.”
KYVOAD volunteers will clean up yards for those who qualify for the service. Metro United Way will coordinate the requests and volunteers while Metro Government will dispose of the limbs and branches.
“In the spirit of mobilizing the caring power of our community, Metro United Way is proud to partner with Metro Government and KYVOAD to assist the elderly, ill, homebound and disabled in our community with the removal of their yard debris,” said Joe Tolan, president of Metro United Way. “It’s times like these where we have to be flexible and do what is necessary to make our community whole.”
The CONNECT line is looking for volunteer groups, such as churches, schools, or neighborhood associations, who are willing to donate time to clean debris for residents in need. Volunteers may call the CONNECT line to sign up.
Volunteers and residents who need help may also go online at www.metrounitedway.org to volunteer or request assistance.
CONNECT line volunteers will speak with each applicant to ensure he or she meets the qualifications for volunteer help (elderly, physically disabled, etc.). Residents who call after the CONNECT line’s scheduled hours may leave a message, which will be returned the next day.
Volunteers will cut fallen branches and limbs and move them to the right of way for the city to collect. Volunteers will not remove hanging branches or limbs that have fallen on rooftops; nor will they perform any non-storm-related repairs.
Metro United Way is making a special request for donations in support of the additional emergency food, shelter, transportation and medical needs that have surfaced as a result of the ice storm. You can donate online at www.metrounitedway.org.