Local Church Offers Volunteer Opportunities

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Carlos Marquez
News Reporter

Photo taken by Todd Salmi
Photo taken by Todd Salmi

The First United Methodist Church has assigned groups of 10-15 volunteers to reconstruct houses and make them safe and sanitary for those affected by the floods.

The church was able to mobilize one thousand volunteers the following week of the Memorial Day Floods but has now recruited over three thousand volunteers.

The volunteers had been focused on clean-up and removing debris but are now able to go inside the houses and begin repairing them.

Pastor Todd Salmi says that the church has received help from across the nation that has helped the volunteers continue to rebuild.

“We’ve had help from across the nation, in particular in the site that we’re at today, we have people from Keller, which is in North Ft. Worth helping. They have 120 youth that they sent down to help repair the houses. That’s been an amazing benefit. We have people from New Orleans here that are also helping direct some of the repair and rebuilding. So it’s been fabulous.”

The volunteers have been working seven days a week from about nine A-M to three P-M for about a month now, with a short lunch break and water provided by the church. The volunteers are working hard and fast to get those affected by the floods back into their homes and back into their living situations.

Pastor Todd Salmi says that one of the houses being rebuilt belongs to a man suffering from dialysis.

Photo taken by Todd Salmi
Photo taken by Todd Salmi

“The particular house that we’re at today, an individual, an elderly citizen here of San Marcos, he has dialysis for some chronic illnesses. So he needs a clean, stable living situation so he’s currently in a hotel but he’s a priority of someone’s house we’re trying to rebuild as soon as possible because the sooner we can get him back in his home, in a healthy situation the better his quality of life will be.”

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit the First United Methodist Church at 126. W. Hopkins in San Marcos, Texas to register.

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