Saturday, March 22, 1997
Volunteers needed for cleanup

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Three weeks after the Flood of '97, the Great Dryout is beginning. As communities say goodbye to the mud, they're welcoming cleanup crews. And volunteers are needed.

Here's how you can help:

  • The Salvation Army, which received 12 truckloads of supplies Thursday, needs help sorting items. The Northside warehouse is full, so volunteers can go to the new warehouse in Independence, Ky., which opens at 9 a.m., or call 681-5938.

    Directions: From Cincinnati, take Interstate 75 south to I-275 east to Ky. 17 (also called Madison Pike south). Take a right off the ramp and a left onto Rolling Hills Drive. Pass the White Castle headquarters and go left onto Lake Park Drive. The road dead ends into the warehouse on the left.

  • St. Vincent de Paul needs people willing to work on weekdays. In Ohio, volunteers are needed to collect donated furniture from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and people to sort clothing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 421-0602 or 562-8841.

    In Kentucky, volunteers can help at the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse, 2687 Circle Port Road, across from The Gap Outlet in Erlanger. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Hard-hit Falmouth, Ky., will take any cleanup help it can get this weekend, said Craig Peoples, Disaster Emergency Services director. Volunteers should take U.S. 27 south - the main road through town - ''and stop where anybody needs a hand. There will be plenty of them,'' he said.

  • Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses Inc.-East End branch also needs people to help clean houses. Call 321-7520.

  • The Interfaith Commission of Northern Kentucky also is accepting volunteers. Call 581-2237.

    ''We can use almost anything,'' volunteer Mary McCormick said. ''People at the moment are cleaning and cooking and providing day care. We have a great need for construction workers and people who can haul and deliver items.''

  • The Kentucky Council of Churches, which works with Interfaith volunteers and provides disaster relief, also has a toll-free hot line: (888)-253-3027.

  • Little Caesars restaurants in the Ohio Valley will begin raising money Sunday to aid flood victims. Restaurants in 49 counties of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will donate a portion of sales from March 23 to April 5 to flood victims.

  • The Red Cross continues to accept volunteers and donations. Call (800)-HELP NOW.

    Since the flooding began in Greater Cincinnati, the Red Cross has opened 19 shelters that served 1,557 victims. More than 155,000 meals were served, and 7,140 packages of cleaning supplies and personal care packages were doled out. The Red Cross also has coordinated relief efforts of 2,935 volunteers and staff.