Janettee & Nathan

Early last month, Janettee reached out to Serve More with a desperate request. She and her husband Nathan had been given an ultimatum to make repairs on their home or suffer criminal prosecution and eviction. Old, rotting siding, warping facia boards, and peeling paint had caught the attention of city inspectors. So for nearly a year, they'd been trying to make repairs to their home that would stop the code violation citations from the city. Then, inspectors gave them a deadline of July 27th to make all the needed repairs and paint. 

With two small kids and what seemed like never enough time and never enough money, they had been looking for some help to stop the tickets. 

Look at these photos from the day we first met Janettee & Nathan:

Few people realize this but when you live in a city, you live under municipal codes such as "No Deferred Maintenance." That means missing siding or peeling paint can earn you a citation — a ticket you must pay, just like a speeding ticket. But what happens if you don't have the cash or supplies to make those repairs right away? Or working two or more jobs means it's tough to fit that project in to your schedule? Well, the tickets continue to come.

That's exactly what happened to this family. Several tickets in, this situation became a disaster. See, after issuing several citations, city officials can write an eviction notice or threaten criminal prosecution. Since Janettee and Nathan didn't have the cash, supplies, or time to make the repairs, they now faced arrest for their mounting tickets or worse, being kicked out of their home with their two kids. 

But there's hope. 

This is why we launched our Neighborhood Renewal program — to provide critical home repairs to families facing eviction or unsafe living conditions. Not everyone has a neighbor who can help or even wants to help families like this. Jeanettee & Nathan's neighborhood is made up largely of elderly folks and single moms. So Serve More Volunteers can step up and be great neighbors to these folks!

Check out the finished product once Serve More Volunteers fixed the siding and painted:

It's very likely that you and I both know what it's like to try to do a project for a while and have it just constantly escape us. But when that project getting done is the difference between you going to jail or continuing to provide for your kids, you need help.

Why give to Serve More? Why volunteer to love your neighbors? Because there are neighbors suffering disasters alone when all they need is a few pairs of hands and some donated materials. We must remember — in this city, we are all neighbors. 

 Nathan and Janettee with their two kids in front of their completely renewed home. Serve More Volunteers were able to correct all the code violations that threatened the family's eviction. 

Nathan and Janettee with their two kids in front of their completely renewed home. Serve More Volunteers were able to correct all the code violations that threatened the family's eviction. 

The Final Piece of A Home

Close your eyes and imagine something. Think about your home and try to make a list in your head about everything in your home—every device, piece of clothing, tool, and toy. Now count the doors—yep, the doors, and the windows, ceiling fans, appliances, and furniture. Finally, imagine all of that gone and you're left with the task of replacing it all—often from that list in your head—with a set amount of money that will undoubtedly be too little.

Many of our neighbors faced that exact reality in the years since the 2013 Tornadoes in South OKC & Moore. Maybe YOU are reading this and that is EXACTLY what you had to do! The fact is that rebuilding a house after a disaster is one thing but rebuilding a home is sometimes another thing altogether. The list is incomplete, the money isn't enough, or there's simply no way to replace somethings that were lost. 

We’re getting our hands dirty and planting flowerbeds at homes rebuilt after the tornadoes.

But as neighbors, we want to love and serve. We want to make a house into a home again. So we're getting our hands dirty and planting flowerbeds at homes rebuilt after the tornadoes. Our hope is that we can give our neighbors one of the final pieces of their home. We want to bring beauty where there is pain; some emotional healing where there is hurt.

So which are you? A neighbor who had to rebuild your home after the tornadoes? Or a neighbor who wants to love and serve others by helping plant a flowerbed? Find extra information below and buttons to request a flowerbed or volunteer to help build one! 

Homeowner Details:

  • Flowerbeds are offered free of charge thanks to Rotary Clubs Western Oklahoma Dist.
  • Flowerbeds are planted at homes that were destroyed or received major damage in 2013 or 2015 tornadoes.
  • Beds are designed by a landscape architect and will be a mixture Oklahoma-native flowers and ornamental grasses.

Volunteer Details:

  • Flowerbed Projects are part of our monthly Serve More Saturday event where you can volunteer as a Project Volunteer.
  • Volunteers must be 14 years or older to work at project sites. 

Summer of Sheds

One very important part of the recovery and renewal effort in our city has been replacing or creating storage for our impacted neighbors. Storage can be an afterthought in times of disaster but often even more storage is needed following a disaster than was needed before.

We've heard from many homeowners in need of storage. Most lost their sheds in the storms. Some are forced to pay a new monthly bill to keep a storage unit; still others are moving back into a smaller home and need additional storage.

What is provided?

Through incredible partnerships with the Moore/Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund and the Tulsa Community Foundation, Serve Moore will provide all the materials for an 8ft by 12ft wooden shed and the volunteer teams to build and paint the shed! The process takes a few weeks for some application information and verification. Once we start construction, we typically build a shed in 4 or 5 days, depending on the volunteer team skill and size.

Who qualifies?

To qualify for a shed through this program, your household must have been impacted in the May 2013 tornadoes in South OKC, Moore, and Shawnee (plus communities along the entire path of the storm). We'd ask that you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Your onsite, outdoor storage was destroyed as a result of the tornado; or
  • You relocated or rebuilt to less square footage; or
  • You pay or are risk of paying a monthly storage fee as a result of the tornado.

How do I sign up? 

If you meet these qualifications or have questions about them, please give us a few pieces of information to get started. We'll be in touch to talk through your questions. After we determine your qualification, you'll be emailed or mailed an application to complete. 

Paint The Town New

We're excited to announce a dream for this year — 

We're going to paint 100 homes by the end of 2016.

We're calling it our dream to Paint The Town New!

In communities throughout central Oklahoma — from Moore to Edmond, in Classen Ten Penn, in Capitol Hill — there are neighborhoods of homes that need a little TLC. As years pass between coats of paint on the outside of a home, paint cracks and fades losing it's color and beauty. Worse still, those cracks and peeling cause energy loss, moisture buildup, and can even result in a fine from city code enforcement. 

Sadly, many of these homes belong to the elderly or disabled who likely lack the energy or ability to apply a new coat of paint and seal up windows and trim. Or consider single moms or dads who work full time and are the only parent to care for kiddos. Time is a luxury many of them don't have. And let's not forget those families who are struggling to stretch every paycheck. They simply cannot afford to paint the outside of their home.
 

Enter Serve Moore Volunteers

With more than 500 Spring & Summer volunteers scheduled and incredible partnerships like Wooster Brush Company, we're ready renew and beautify 100 homes in neighborhoods across central Oklahoma. We want people to feel good about the house they call home. We also want that house to be energy efficient and to stay dry. This is the first step toward community renewal in these towns and neighborhoods. We hope the power of the volunteer inspires whole blocks to get involved to make their neighborhoods safe, lovely, renewed places. 
 

Who qualifies?

To qualify for our Paint The Town new initiative, we ask that your household be in central Oklahoma (the OKC Metro area) and that someone living in your home be any one of the following:

  • physically or mentally disabled
  • elderly (60 or more years old)
  • a single parent with minor children
  • veterans of of the United States Armed Forces
  • living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level

Ideally, volunteer services can be provided to individuals or families who own their homes. If you are in need and are a renter, please still apply but all rental property applications will be decided on a case-by-case basis and we make no guarantee that we can or will work with your landlord.

For questions about the application or services, please call Serve Moore at (405) 735-3060.
 

Wanna get involved?

Do you want to apply to have your house painted? Here's the button for you! More info below.

Want to jump in and grab a brush to renew homes and communities in central Oklahoma?! Sure you do.

Would you like your company involved with volunteers or as a sponsor of this initiative? 

How To Make A Teenager Speechless

If you've seen anything about Serve Moore in the last three months, you've probably seen our work to #BringJannehHome

Just before his 13th birthday back in June, Janneh was paralyzed by a gunshot while riding his bike around his dad's snowcone stand in South OKC. After some pretty intense surgeries and months of rehab, he was nearly ready to come home. Just one problem — nothing about his two story house was ready for a quadriplegic in a motorized wheelchair. Almost $20,000 worth of modifications stood between Janneh's parents and bringing their oldest son home. 

One of Janneh's physical therapy assistants had heard about the incredible work of Serve Moore volunteers in repairing homes and neighborhoods impacted by tornadoes in 2013 & 2015. So she made a phone call — just in case. Maybe this organization who had mobilized thousands of volunteers for one kind of disaster could help in this one. So we got to work.

Now, after $15,000 in donations, 268 donors from around the world, 120 days of construction, 43 volunteers and volunteer contractors, 4 little brothers and sisters, 2 grateful parents, and 1 surprise visit from Russell Westbrook — Janneh is home!

The Children's Center Rehabilitation Center wished him a tearful goodbye this morning and our staff alongside our incredible partners Kendra with Home Mods by Therapists and Wes with KG Construction Services welcomed him home to see his new home and room for the first time! THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make a firecracker of a teenager speechless! For the first time since we met Janneh, he simply didn't know what to say. 

We'll be sharing a video of the event very soon. Until then, enjoy the photos of our little Welcome Home Janneh party!

We can't say THANK YOU enough to all the incredible partners and friends that made this possible. Janneh's parents want you to know that you've made their house a renewed home now that all their kids are back together under one roof.

If you'd like to chip in a few dollars to help us pay for final inspections & plumbing on this project, you can! We'd be so grateful for your support.

A Whirlwind of Awesomeness

Just one week ago, we introduced you to this young man. You heard the heartbreaking story of a bullet that paralyzed him just shy of his thirteenth birthday. You heard that he's a good-hearted boy who wanted to meet Russell Westbrook for Christmas. And you heard of the immense hurdle his family faces to bring him home — $80,000 in repairs, travel, and equipment.

And then — you got busy.

In the seven days since we launched our campaign to #BringJannehHome you have raised almost $10,000!  You've pledged your time and your services to help make it possible for Janneh to come home! You have tweeted and written to Russell Westbrook, asking him to visit Janneh — WHICH HE DID

In fact, Russell showed up to The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital unannounced to surprise Janneh and his family. It wasn't a PR stunt — no reporters, no entourage, no videocameras — and that sincerity melted everyone's hearts. The story broke on Reddit and quickly got the attention of national news outlets and bloggers:

And from there it just got bigger...

...and bigger.

Folks. Let us tell you — Janneh was starstruck. For a kid who talks a big game, he was speechless. But Russell hung out with him for about half an hour. He also brought a signed pair of his basketball shoes and his Sunset-Orange Jersey for Janneh to keep!

As the story has grown, so has support of the family and our efforts to #BringJannehHome! So far, 145 people from around the WORLD have given to help pay for the home modifications, the emergency generator and the a van for the family:

View Donations to #BringJannehHome in a full screen map

Incredible, huh?! Well, we still need to mention that several companies have committed time and products to help:

We've definitely hit the ground running to #BringJannehHome but we still need help. If you haven't already, jump in by pledging your time, giving cash, or providing a product or service. Volunteer work will start at the home after the first of the year. Know people who can help spread the word? Get them connected! Just like anything else, we'd rather do cool stuff with friends. Let's go!

What is Volunteerism to You?

VOLUNTEERISM: (n.) \vä-lən-ˈtir-ˌi-zəm\ the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service. 

But to others, volunteerism means much more. Volunteerism is the chance to help communities, not only with labor, but through emotional relief and spiritual support. Volunteerism gives everybody a chance to truly make a difference in another’s life; to give to those in need, and receive in return. This week, Serve Moore hosted 65 volunteers from Next Step and Kaw Prairie. They worked a total of 1,461 hours on 7 different homes, saving those homeowners over $15,400! 

Next Step is a non-profit organization committed to helping students grow closer to Christ through a life-changing, one-week mission trip. This past week, the team worked on a project that has been a focus for them for over a month, repairing a roof for a woman affected by the May 2013 storms. In addition to this project, volunteers worked on the other half of this duplex, preventing mold spreading and helping with roof repairs. The last project this team worked on last week was  a home flooded and damaged in the May 2015 storms. Volunteers replaced storm doors, several ceilings, and several rooms worth of flooring throughout the home. Overall, Next Step clocked 912 hours and saved local residents $6,781 in labor and materials! 

Kaw Prarie, whose mantra is “Go forth, give freely and serve,” admirably demonstrated their dedication to volunteerism this week. 27 volunteers from Kansas served almost 550 hours, saving local homeowners $8,665! They painted a couple homes and sheds around the OKC metro, and also helped a resident move some belongings that had been displaced by the May 2015 storms. The team also worked with the Wildflower Homeowner’s Association in south OKC, who had part of their neighborhood destroyed in the 2013 storms. Law Prairie helped them by designing and planting flowerbeds. The last project the team worked on was a doozy; a woman in southwest OKC had a solid 5 acres of debris from the May 2013 storms! Volunteers removed 1,100 pounds of debris- but there is so much more to do on this property. In addition to working on homes, volunteers also helped further Serve Moore’s scouting efforts by visiting over 800 homes and discovering 23 new needs in those communities! 

These teams volunteered their time, materials and labor to this week's projects, and have changed the lives of local residents. Still, there is more work to be done If you are interested in helping renew Moore in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds or supplies, contact us! Also, if you think you or somebody you know could benefit from our services, visit our website and contact us! 


Our Biggest [and Hottest] Week Yet!

Phew! This week, though. Buckle up —

Not only was this the hottest week of the summer so far, but this was one of Serve Moore's busiest! 167 volunteers came from all across the country — some as close as Texas, some as far as Wisconsin! Together. All together, they worked 4,152 hours and saved OKC Metro residents just under $43,000 — all in just four days! 

The Breakdown

Experience Mission, a team of 28 volunteers, clocked in 784 hours and saved residents almost $6,000! They worked on two sheds — painting one, and building an entirely new one for a local veteran who lost everything in the 2013 Tornadoes. They also helped a resident of Moore who was affected by both the 2013 tornado, and the March 2015 storms. Volunteers helped this man repair his fence and clear landscape debris that had been in his yard since the storms hit. However, this homeowner still needs help brushhogging his yard, so if anybody can offer any help, please give us a call! Another Moore resident bought her first house for her family, but before she could move in, had the fence damaged in the March storms.  Experience Mission's team repaired the fence and worked on the gate, giving her family a sense of privacy and security in their own back yard. 

First Christian Kenosha's team of 14 completed 10 projects in only four days, working a combined 392 hours and saving residents $5,337! Showing off their strength, they removed 3,200 pounds of debris from a home, or almost 230 pounds per person! Volunteers repaired a fence for a Moore resident who lost her fence in the May 2015 storms, and hasn't had a safe outdoor space for her grandchildren to play in since. Another homeowner had a huge tree fall during the May 2015 storms, and damage her fence, gutters, and mailbox, all of which the team repaired and replaced. First Christian Kenosha visited two other homes that had suffered damage from the May 2015 storms, as well has helped us out at HQ building shelving in our hand tool room! 

Bounce brought a group of 125 volunteers to replace NINE roofs in just FOUR days. That totaled 2,976 hours and a savings of $31,500! Seven of these roofs damaged in the March and May 2015 storms while two of the roofs were Renewal Projects to help homeowners care for their house. These projects generated more than 16,000 lbs of roof debris and used 433 bundles of shingles put back on. Bounce volunteers also did yard work at these homes improving the general appearance and making a happier place to call home.

#ServeEvenMoore

In the extreme heat, volunteers also found ways to stay inside and serve. Combined, volunteer teams spent 266 hours at the Moore Food & Resource Center, saving them $3,724 in labor! Experience Mission served 6,533 meals to 286 people, while First Christian Kenosha served 2,777 meals to 118 people. 

A major focus for Serve Moore volunteers this week was scouting neighborhoods. Both Experience Mission and First Christian Kenosha went door-to-door to over 1,000 homes this week, looking for needs to be met. From these interactions with homeowners, volunteers discovered almost 100 new needs that we can help with! To read more about our scouting teams and what you can do to help, visit our last blog post here.

Even though Serve Moore volunteers give invaluable time, energy, and dedication to renewal in our area, some find other ways to help those in need. Serve Moore would like to give a special thanks to Emmaus Baptist Church, Church of the Harvest, and The Salvation Army of OKC for donating materials and funds to help keep volunteers going! Also, thank you to the homeowners who helped volunteers help them by providing materials and found savings in free labor. 

If you are interested in helping in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds for supplies, or if you are looking for somebody to ask for help, please contact us! 

 


Through Rain AND Shine...

Another two weeks of summer break, another two weeks of work done! This week, Serve Moore welcomed 5 teams from across the country: Experience Mission, Next Step, Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, Mission Academy, and Project Compassion. Despite the temperatures reaching 102 degrees, these teams clocked an impressive 1,805 hours and helped residents save $28,389!

Hamblen Park was the biggest volunteer team last week, with 26 volunteers putting in 728 hours! Throughout the week, they worked on projects at six different homes, including painting two sheds and painting the inside of a house. They removed 7,500 pounds of debris, or almost 300 pounds per person at Forest Park Mobile Home Estates. Hamblen Park also spent time at the Moore Food & Resource Center, serving 8,085 meals to 365 people, saving over $2,500!

Experience Mission brought 11 volunteers and spent 308 hours working on several homes across the OKC metro. They completed a fence that was destroyed in the May 2013 tornado, tarped a roof, and worked on two other fences. Volunteers removed 1,300 pounds of debris from three different muck-out projects; over 100 pounds per person! They also spent time at the Moore Food & Resource Center, serving 572 people 14,308 meals. Through all these projects, they saved $6,605!

Next Step’s 12 volunteers worked 336 hours, saving homeowners $4,800! Working at two job sites, Next Step completed a fence damaged by March 25 storms, and hanging sheet rock inside of a house. Mission Academy brought 11 volunteers, put in 385 hours of work and saved a local homeowner $7,150! They re-sided the entire outside of a home that suffered damage in the March 25 storms. The original siding was so old, however, that it was impossible to match! Mission Academy replaced it with all-new siding on all sides of his home, and painted it all to match.

Project Compassion, a small but mighty team of 6, spent 8 hours this Monday completed painting the inside of the home Hamblen Park worked on last week! They are a youth boys trip who came from Rochester, New York on a 14-day work trip, stopping at communities across the U.S. In their combined 48 hours of work, they saved local residents $1,100!

After 720 bottles of water, 77 Chic-Fil-A sandwiches, a few dozen red, white, and blue cupcakes, and over 1,800 hours of labor — all through heat and rain — we realize yet again just how blessed we are to have such wonderful volunteers! We hope that everybody had a great and safe Fourth of July weekend, and can’t wait to see what next week’s volunteers bring! 

Money Saved by Volunteers

If you are interested in helping in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds for supplies, or if you are searching for help after this week's weather, contact us!

Serve Moore Beats the Heat

            When we receive a respite from the rain, what do we do? Offer Serve Moore volunteers some water then go out and work! This week, teams focused on debris removal, the Moore Food & Resource Center, tarping leaky roofs, and repair on a home that was still feeling the effects of the May 2013 tornado. After guzzling nearly 500 bottles of water, volunteers spent over 1,400 hours serving and saving the residents of Moore right at $20,000!

            In a feat of strength, IM Change Mission’s team removed a total of 10 tons of debris, 5 tons of that being metal in Forest Park Estates Mobile Home Park in SE OKC. This means each volunteer removed 645 pounds of debris! By completing 651 volunteer hours, this project saved residents almost $14,000!

            When some volunteers couldn’t stand the heat, they moved into the kitchen. The Moore Food & Resource Center, a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, is a hunger relief agency in Moore. This Serve Moore partner is located on N. Shields Blvd and serves the south OKC metro. This week’s volunteer teams spent a combined 255 hours at the Food & Resource Center serving 10,535 meals to 129 families.

            Moore residents still feel effects from the May 2013 tornado, and Serve Moore volunteers still answer the call to help. Experience Mission’s team worked at a home rebuilding a fence and a shed. This added up to $3,000 of savings to the homeowner: $1,600 for the fence, and $1,400 for the shed. Although the monetary savings are major, the feeling of security from the fence, the extra space and organization from the shed, and the lasting impression these volunteers left on this homeowner are priceless.

            Experience Mission and IM Change volunteered their time, materials and labor to this week’s projects, and have changed the lives of local residents. Still, there is more work to be done. If you are interested in helping renew Moore in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds for supplies, contact us!



Our Wet Work Week With #Bill

Even with Oklahoma’s unpredictable weather and out-of-season rain, Serve Moore volunteers have kept busy! All of our amazing volunteers clocked over 700 volunteer hours, and in turn, saved residents over $15,800.

Throughout the week, volunteers replaced a roof in South OKC that was damaged by wind in the May 2015 storms. Even with more rain coming down, our volunteers were able to complete the entire project in only four days! They also completed work on fences throughout the city- installing posts, panels, and gates. When the rain was too heavy to work outside, our volunteers still aided at Serve Moore HQ building shelving in a storage room and prepping a new office space, as well as building shelving in a storage room and repairing drywall at Moore Community Church.

Our largest project this week involved another home that was damaged by wind and water in the May storms. Volunteers tarped the roof to prevent further leaking, since the entire home had been flooded and covered in black mold. A team helped the homeowner move any salvageable furniture to a nearby storage unit, then tore out sheetrock, carpet, insulation, and other materials that could possibly retain mold. With 115 hours of work completed, Serve Moore volunteers saved the homeowner $6,500 through damage control and mold remediation.

Even when it seems our work is done, Oklahoma weather throws us a curveball! Earlier this year, we completed a shed build that to replace what had been completely destroyed by the May 2013 tornado. Just a few weeks after completing this shed, the March 25th tornado took out the shed again! The team was able to salvage some materials, but essentially built another shed from scratch.

Even though Serve Moore volunteers give their valuable time and energy to projects like this, some find other ways to help homes in need. Serve Moore would like to give a special thanks to partners like Emmaus Baptist Church and Experience Mission for funding construction materials, the homeowners who asked for help and helped with materials but found savings in free labor, and as always, the wonderful people, organizations, and churches whose donations keep Serve Moore going!

How Volunteers Spent Their Hours

If you are interested in helping in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds for supplies, or if you are searching for help after this week's weather, contact us!

Unexpected Tornadoes — March 25th

We at Serve Moore were as caught off guard as many were by the sudden development of several small tornadoes in Central Oklahoma earlier tonight. Firstly and most importantly, our prayers are for all Oklahomans who have suffered as a result of severe weather tonight — the numerous homes affected by the storms and sadly the loss of life in Sand Springs.

We are communicating with the Cities of Moore and Oklahoma City emergency management departments and have offered help. The Serve Moore team is working on a volunteer plan for Thursday, March 26th that will likely include: tarping roofs, minor home repairs, and debris removal. We will be following up tonight with more detailed information for volunteers looking to help.

No matter where you find yourself in tonight's weather, there's something you can do. If you need help, ask us and we will do all we can to help you. If you want to give help by showing up to volunteer, we will share more info with you tonight and tomorrow. If you want to give help by donating, your donations will be used to directly assist those affected by this and any future disasters in Central Oklahoma. 

18 Months & Counting...

In the time since the May 2013 tornados, so much has been accomplished! 50,000 volunteers have met more than 4,000 needs for 2,200 residents. They've built fences, storage sheds, playgrounds, gardens, and benches. They've hung drywall, rolled paint, laid tile, nailed shingles, and installed siding. Hundreds of homes and public spaces stand renewed because of volunteer efforts.

But much is left to be done.

Our list of needs is stacking up. Residents call Serve Moore HQ regularly asking for volunteer help to finish their recovery and move back into their home. Some have run out of insurance money (which was lacking to begin with); others have been victims of contractor fraud; and still others simply didn't know where to look for help until now.

That's where you come in.

We're asking for your help to attack some of the needs on our list. Ideally, we're looking for teams of 8 to 10 people to give 2 or 3 days serving alongside us. These needs require some skill but if each team has a few skilled folks, we've found that works out just fine. We're listing some of the specifics below but a few ideas that top the list are -- 40 sheds to build -- a dozen fences to build -- lots of sheets of drywall to hang. 

Would you consider organizing a small group of volunteers out of your church, civic organization, workplace, or family? We'll be working on projects all through the winter (for the most part, Oklahoma winters are mild) and into the Spring. We would love to help these tornado victims finish off their recovery and get back to a somewhat-normal life.

Jobs We Need To Do:

  • Build 40 Sheds
  • Hang Drywall
  • Build Privacy Fences
  • Build a Handicap Ramp
  • Paint New Headquarters
  • Install Base & Case
  • Lay Tile & Laminate Flooring
  • Repair Soffet & Gutters
  • Build a Swingset
  • Debris Removal

 

  • Stump Grinding
  • Farm Pond Clean Out (Tornado Debris)
  • Dead Tree Removal
  • Masonry Work
  • Dirt Removal
  • Paint Fire Hydrants 
  • Install/Repair Windows
  • Lay Sod
  • Small Home Maintenance Repairs

Things We've Been Up To Lately:

Come Build With Us!

In our last post, we teased a little bit about the building projects coming up in the fall. We are excited to finally give you a little more info about those upcoming projects!

Starting in August, Serve Moore volunteers will be working with other long term recovery organizations to build houses in the affected areas. The Serve Moore team is excited to help local families who are still struggling to recover after the tornados in May 2013. We will absolutely need skilled and unskilled volunteers to help with these house builds!

Not only will we be building houses, but we will also be continuing to build many fences, as well as more sheds. We hope to continue helping homeowners finalize recovery by aiding them in these last steps. In addition to building sheds and fences, we've been renewing properties through gardening, and even painting homes. 

As we begin new Build Projects, we will also be continuing with Renewal. This summer, we have already been busy with Playground Builds across the city (including Briarwood Elementary, Plaza Towers Elementary, and Little River Park). We have worked along side the City of Moore Parks & Rec Department, as well as organizations like Kaboom! In the fall, we plan to build several neighborhood parks in our effort to #RenewMoore.

We would love for you to join us in these projects to build houses, fences, sheds, and playgrounds - as well as all our other projects going on to Rebuild and Renew Moore. Starting in August, we have tons of weeks available to bring volunteers! Contact us for more information or sign up here to volunteer!

 

 

Summer of Renewal

This summer, Serve Moore volunteers have been busy doing many different kinds of good work. Not only are we continuing to build fences and sheds to aid in homeowner recovery and renewal, but we are also finding areas of debris that are being cleaned for the first time since the tornado hit a year ago. 

For some, the final steps to recovery...

Fences continue to be a very important piece of homeowner recovery because many cannot obtain an occupancy permit without a fence. Volunteers have been putting up fences all across the city providing safety, security, and that last step of recovery. Serve Moore sheds have also been a big help to homeowners who have been paying for storage units or those who are ready to move back into a smaller home. Every day, groups build shed kits at HQ, as well as assemble sheds in homeowners' yards. Beyond this, volunteers have helped with landscaping, painting, and other projects to renew homes and properties. It's part of our passion to #RenewMoore. 

For others, we're only getting started...

While we are working hard to renew the city, we are still finding areas in need of basic recovery. Many parks and properties have been cluttered with debris for over a year. Serve Moore has been partnering with the City of Moore to find the places still in need of clean-up. This summer, volunteers have gone to work to finally clean these areas with great excitement. 

The Excitement Builds for the Fall

As the good work to serve and renew Moore continues, excitement builds of what is to come. As that excitement builds, so will we! Toward the end of the summer, Serve Moore volunteers will begin building houses. These projects will last through the fall, so we are taking volunteer reservations for the months following August!

Join the team at servemoore.com/serve


Hello, April

As storm season approaches, Serve Moore churches are working harder than ever to make sure residents and their RENEWED homes finally have some of their final physical needs met. The fences, landscaping and shed-building continues to be of high importance in this process as they protect homes and belongings from high winds, drainage issues that result from high amounts of rainfall and hail.

Along with these continued efforts, this week our volunteers have been painting fire hydrants around the city (honk and wave if you see them!) and today picking up efforts to renew Orr Family Farm. The owners of Orr Family Farm are especially grateful for the volunteer efforts. The farm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and along with the many other homes and businesses, was hit hard by the May 20th storm. The large acreage of the property means lots of debris cleanup to this day. Along with the re-leveling of gravel and walkways on the property, our volunteers are cleaning up any remaining debris just in time for the farm's annual Easter egg hunt on April 19th. This is a great example of how debris cleanup isn't just for looks - it is necessary to restore the safety of outdoor spaces like the farm and our city's public parks. 

Tomorrow

The University of Oklahoma's Big Event is a highly energetic university-sponsored service group that we will be fortunate enough to work this Saturday (tomorrow). They are bringing 200 volunteers to #RenewMoore! We can't wait to update you early next week on all the progress they will contribute to renewal. 

We are so blessed to have such wonderful groups sent our way to undertake the many tasks that go along with the renewal efforts. Thank you to each of our volunteers once again for coming and spending your valuable time (including your spring breaks) to serve Moore in a very special way. 

A Huge Thank You

As always, thanks to the hundreds of new and returning volunteers to HQ this week:

Next Step Ministries joins us again from Madison, WI

Mizzou BSU from Columbia, MO

Wonder Voyage from Coppell, TX

Seattle Christian School from Seattle, WA

University of Oklahoma's Big Event from Norman, OK

Disciples of Christ Christian Church from all over

United Way of Central Oklahoma, from Oklahoma City

First Church of God from St. Joseph, MI

Toccoa First United Methodist Church from Toccoa, GA

January's Current Work Outlook

This Week

Serve Moore Headquarters has been buzzing this week as we welcomed several teams in as our first of 2014. These teams all hail from places that were covered in snow — New York, Illinois, and Indiana. We’re so thankful for people making the trip to serve alongside us; even when weather threatens their own hometowns.

Work this week has been a lot of interior rehab. Specifically we’ve seen teams demolishing drywall and flooring, installing tile, painting, hanging drywall, and mudding & taping. We’re seeing a lot of this work for several reasons. Many people who come to us for help have only just now gotten their insurance company to pay out on their property. Some homeowners have been swindled by contractors who took their money and did shoddy work or simply left town. Still others have had no where to turn and only recently heard there was still help available.

Along with that work this week, however, there were loads of debris to carry to the dump, several fences to build, and tree stumps to remove. Even those who are “lesser-skilled” volunteers this week found plenty to do in helping homeowners with their recovery.

Looking Ahead

As we move ahead in our plan for renewal in our city, there are lots of projects we hope to be involved in. Community Renewal to us is very broad. Folks who live here were affected by the storms even if their house is still standing. With that in mind, we’d like to work to show renewal in our community so that everyone can see the progress and continue the healing process.

Projects we’re planning include painting storefronts, planting trees, a community garden, building playgrounds, adding a house number to every curb in the city, and caring for parks. Add these to our list of construction projects and you can see that the work in Moore and our surrounding communities is far from over.

We’d love to have you come and serve alongside us as we work for renewal in our community. We’re praying that this temporary renewal will show people a picture of the eternal renewal Jesus brings. There are lots of needs – both physical and spiritual – and we’re gearing up for a Spring and Summer chock full of meeting those needs.