Doing Our Part For The Future of Oklahoma Education

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Like many of you, Serve More staff and volunteers have watched the last several weeks of political news unfold here in Oklahoma. Educators have finally had enough of working with shrinking budgets.. Today, across the state and in all of the communities we serve, teachers and administrators have walked out and begun to march on the Capitol to demand action. 

And just like many of you as well, we've asked ourselves: "How can we help? How can we serve?" Apart from being parents, teachers, and citizens ourselves, Serve More volunteers and staff know that we can leverage our expertise in neighborhood renewal to give educators every possible tool they can use to invest in our children and serve the future of Oklahoma.

So, today we're announcing School Projects — a way for classroom teachers and school administrators to request the help of Serve More Volunteers. 

We're already in the planning stages of some playground renewal projects with our friends at the Moore Public Schools Foundation but we want to do more. We want to serve and love our teachers and students by helping to prepare classrooms, to renew playgrounds, and to create innovative learning environments with ideas such as outdoor classrooms, learning gardens, and the like.

Soon, we will begin taking applications from educators and nominations from neighbors. But we'll need to be ready to buy paint, lumber, and supplies to pull these projects off. So if you'd like to chip in a small donation, we'll use it to renew classrooms, playgrounds, and campuses in central Oklahoma this year. Like any other effort, we can do more together than we ever could apart!

Help us do this part. Donate today and join us this summer to volunteer. 

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? 

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!



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:

Serve Moore Saturday

You know how they say, "All good things must come to an end?" 

Yeah, I don't think "they" really understood good things. Good things are important. Good things can be contagious. Good things bring people together.

Serve Moore Saturday is a good thing. Rather, it's a bunch of people doing MANY good things.

In the last 15 months, Moore has seen tens of thousands of volunteers cross city, state, and national borders to come serve in the wake of a devastating EF-5 tornado. These people coming to serve our city has been a good thing. Eventually though, all those volunteers go home -- back to their cities, states, and nations. 

But remember -- all good things do NOT have to end. You and I still live here. You and I still know people suffering. You and I still want to keep Moore a great place to live. So it's you and me -- and our families, friends, and neighbors. Let's keep this good thing going to #RenewMoore!

Let's push to get hundreds of people together for October's Serve Moore Saturday and make a huge difference in our community! Invite everyone. Even if you helped at Serve Moore after the tornado, there's still PLENTY to do!

Join in on October 25th from 9am till 3pm at 200 S Howard Ave, Moore.

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

December & Beyond

Winter is setting in here in Moore. This first week of December alone threatens frigid temperatures, ice, and snow. Pray for our volunteer teams as they either travel or make the call to stay home this week. Current Work Outlook

Our work for December is shaping up to remain in the roofing/interior rehab area. We are putting new roofs on a few houses this month using both volunteers and our partner churches. The interior rehab we're involved in is mostly removing and replacing water-damaged drywall but in some cases also includes flooring. The next steps for these homes will be mud, tape, texture, and paint.

There are a few outdoor jobs that will need attention soon but finding a day with good weather AND with available volunteers is proving difficult. All that's to say, if you're a local volunteer reading this post, we sure could use your help!

One last note, we have a new brick-laying need on the horizon as well. If you are a mason or know of one interested in leading a team to lay brick, we need your/their help!

Holiday Plans & 2014

Serve Moore will be breaking for the Christmas holiday on December 14th. Headquarters will be closed from 5p that day until 9a January 2nd. Our small staff will spend this time resting and recharging for a full 7 months of work coming out of the holidays. We would so appreciate you praying for them.

2014 is shaping up for us to be a time of great community renewal. Right now, we're working hard to organize lots of renewal projects for the Spring and Summer of 2014. We're looking for lots of volunteers who have big, flexible hearts for Moore. These volunteers will be doing anything and everything from building new playgrounds to painting house numbers on curbs. All of these projects will carry the same vision of showing Christ's love and power to our city. We would love for you to be a part of it all.

As always, you can get the volunteer process started by heading to servemoore.com/serve or you can give to the effort by heading to servemoore.com/give

Chasing Pavements Project

"I recently volunteered for a day with your organization," university student Ellie Gray wrote in an email to Serve Moore. She and her friend Emily Andreoli, both students of the University of South Carolina, were on a cross country road trip from North Carolina to California and back, filming their adventures and posting updates for their online readers.

The tornado swept through Moore while Ellie and Emily were in Houston, contemplating what they should do to break up the monotony of the drive ahead of them. For the next few days, the radio inundated them with news of the relief effort in the wake of devastation, so when Emily’s mother suggested the women make a stop in Oklahoma City and spend a day volunteering in Moore, the idea was welcomed with enthusiasm.

"We were so glad we had the chance to stop in and do what we could for the little time we had to help the people who were affected," Ellie says in her email. After documenting what turned out to be an emotional day while they volunteered with Serve Moore, they wrote with this thought in mind: "We wanted to share the video with you to show how much the experience touched us. We hope it will raise awareness of the need."

Read more about Ellie and Emily’s experience in their own words and watch their heart touching video at Chasing Pavements Project.

Serve Moore thanks Ellie, Emily, and all the volunteers prompted by many and varied reasons to serve Moore.

Serve Moore, Oklahoma from Chasing Pavements on Vimeo.

Sheds of Hope sheds hope

While working with ServeMoore.com to help link those who had needs with those who had items/services to donate, I was amazed at some of the situations volunteers have been able to resolve. It often takes clever thinking and resourcefulness to connect the dots. Now, if someone had told me about this effort called Sheds of Hope before I worked with ServeMoore, I wouldn’t have thought much of it.

But then I started reading the horror stories from tornado victims.

“We had some of our things in storage before the tornado. I can see our storage unit and it’s intact, but the storage company said they’re not allowing anyone in for safety reasons... They’re planning to bulldoze our unit on Saturday.”

Now I see how Sheds of Hope offers the perfect solution for families with an immediate need for storage as they begin the process of rebuilding.

Sheds of Hope will be building permanent, on-site storage for tornado victims to use while their homes are being restored/rebuilt. Families will own their sheds outright, meaning they will not pay storage fees and won’t be subject to the whims of a storage company. And since this is all sponsored by The Presbyterian Church of North America’s Mission to North America (MNA) and their partner churches and organizations, the sheds will be built at no cost to the homeowner.

Some families may even be interested in helping to build their own sheds, a positive and proactive endeavor which Sheds of Hope believes will remind them of the hope of The Lord.

Follow this link to read more about Sheds of Hope.