Rotarians throughout our district have been asking how they can help those affected by Sunday’s devastating tornados.  Governor Sarah is in regular contact with Rotarians in District 6460 who are directly involved in coordinating the large and complicated multi-agency response effort.  We will regularly update this story as new information becomes available.
 
As of the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, this is what we know:
 
The easiest and most useful way to respond is to provide monetary donations.  This will allow those close to the scene to provide the most useful assistance to those in need.  To support work by local Rotarians to help victims and address needs in all the tornado-ravaged areas in Central Illinois:
 
Make checks out to:  Rotary District 6460 Foundation.   Note "tornado disaster" in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Rotary District 6460
P.O. Box 311
Springfield, IL  62705-0311
 
To support work by Washington IL Rotarians to help victims and address needs just in their extremely hard hit community:
Make checks payable to:  Washington Rotary Club Foundation. Note that it is for tornado disaster in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Washington Rotary Club Foundation
2075 Washington Road
Washington, IL  61571
 
Currently, there are no opportunities to volunteer.  All slots for clean-up activity are filled and there is a substantial waiting list.  If this changes and volunteers are needed, the District will put out a call for help.
 
While there will be a need to donated goods, at this time the collection sites are full.  At this time they are not requesting any household goods or clothing.  Consumables such as food, pet food, toiletries, and such will continue to be needed, but where to send them is not clear at this time.  We will update when we know more.
 
The best places to keep abreast of recovery activity and learn how you can help are at www.illinois.gov/ready and www.facebook.com/CentralIllinoisEmergencyInformation, and by check back here regularily.
 
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