Tornado Relief

Stay Informed!

Information, needs and opportunities shift rapidly in the wake of a tragedy like Sunday’s storms. The Washington IL Tornado Recovery Facebook page and the Central Illinois Emergency Information Facebook page have up-to-date information about donations and volunteer information.

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Donation Opportunities

Because of the changing nature of recovery efforts, cash donations are always incredibly powerful, because they are fast and flexible.

Raising the funds to fuel relief is critically important and now you can donate to the Eureka College Tornado Relief Fund to support the efforts taking place in our backyard. All donations will go to the Red Cross response for victims of the Central Illinois tornadoes of November 17. Checks can be made out to Eureka College with Tornado Relief Fund in the memo field.

You can also give directly online by visiting Redcross.org

Needs are a constantly evolving situation early in relief efforts. Crossroads is currently looking for tarps that can be used to temporarily cover parts of damaged roofs. The nails or screws that can be used to secure the tarps are also needed.
The tornado's path through Washington, Ill. — Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18, 2013

The tornado's path through Washington, Ill. — Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18, 2013

The genuine, heartfelt servant leadership seen during times of crisis is perhaps among Eureka College’s finest attributes. During and in the aftermath of Sunday’s devastating tornadoes in our region, EC community members have been examples of service to others in unique and profound ways, including:

Lisa Fischer personally communicated with each of the EC students who were severely impacted by the storm. Working with Rob McChesney and Senior Staff, she has made housing arrangements on campus for many of our commuter students and their families;

Neal Buck (’15) has coordinated on behalf of the campus Greek organizations to collect supplies for impacted families and deliver them to Crossroads United Methodist Church where they are being deployed by the Red Cross (donations are being accepted on campus in Ben Major. A list of necessary supplies is at the bottom of this message);

Mike Murtagh was in immediate touch with Red Cross leadership in Central Illinois and has had regular communications on behalf of the Administration. The College has extended the offer to house displaced families in residence halls;

Dr. Junius Rodriguez and Marc Pasteris have been working with volunteer relief groups for housing support. The College will house volunteers from across the country beginning later this week;

Rachel Tapp

Rachel Tapp (’14, above) was the guest preacher at Eureka Christian Church and just as she was about to begin her sermon on Sunday morning, the tornado warning was issued. She helped the church family get to the basement and once safely in place, she kept the service going, delivering her sermon with confidence and grace, instilling a calming presence in her worried parishioners;

Coach Kurt Barth and Interim AD Mark Scherer have made arrangements for the Washington Community High School football team to use EC facilities for practices in the coming weeks;

Dr. Mike Thurwanger volunteered all day Monday at the Joint Information Center, helping to handle crisis communications and manage the national and international media outlets that converged on Washington;

Dr. Bill Staudenmeier has been volunteering almost non-stop at the Crossroads United Methodist Church since Sunday’s storm and has been effectively sharing information about necessary donations with the campus community;

Lilly, the dog

John Morris, Malone Sizelove and dozens of EC students also volunteered at Crossroads on Monday. Helping to clear debris in the fields and neighborhoods, John Morris met a family who had lost their home but were overjoyed by having been reunited with their dog, Lily, just minutes before;

Michele Lehman and her family are volunteering as call handlers with the Peoria telethon hosted on WTVP Channel 47 tomorrow night to benefit tornado victims. All Peoria television stations will broadcast the telethon live from 7:00 to 8:00 pm tomorrow. WTVP will carry the telethon live until 10:30 p.m.;

Anna (Freidinger) Palmer (’07) has launched a clothing donation drive for the region, with drop-off locations at Northwoods Mall in Peoria, White Oaks Mall in Springfield and online via mail-in at www.fashionproject.com/tornado.

Many others in the campus community have given of their time, talents and treasure to assist in the aftermath of the tornadoes. We know that the outpouring of support from the Eureka College family will be ongoing, as the relief efforts will be long and will require sustained, concerted efforts. Thank you for all you are doing and will continue to do.

If you want to help, please:

Give: Raising the funds to fuel relief is critically important and now you can donate to the Eureka College Tornado Relief Fund to support the efforts taking place in our backyard. All donations will go to the Red Cross response for victims of the Central Illinois tornadoes of November 17. Checks can be made out to Eureka College with Tornado Relief Fund in the memo field.

You can also give directly online by visiting Redcross.org

Donate: You may donate your items by delivering them to Ben Major on campus, or by dropping off directly to Countryside Banquet Facility in Washington or to Dozer Park in Peoria. Crossroads has exceeded storage capacity.

A list of additional items requested includes:

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Ponchos
  • Work gloves
  • Totes or bins with lids
  • Bubble wrap

Clothing is no longer being accepted.

Volunteer: If you are able and desire to physically volunteer, Crossroads Church has been welcoming volunteers during working hours each day. You may also sign up online to volunteer with the Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter directly.

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