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. 

Do you "Give Local?"

These days, we all try to "Shop Local" or "Eat Local" as a way of supporting small businesses, energizing the local economy, or because we know someone connected to the business. But have you ever thought you can also "Give Local" too? 

Consider this: small charities or organizations are commonly local establishments run by locals to lend a hand to local people! Take Serve Moore for example. Every dollar you give to Serve Moore is used by the local guys & gals who run the operation. We buy everything we can locally; supporting local businesses and energizing the local economy. Those supplies are used to help renew local homes, local parks, and local businesses. Even when we can't use volunteers, we choose local contractors to do the job. We work hard to stay local.

*in case you lost count, we used the word "local" 12 times in that last paragraph. That's a lot of local focus!

The bottom line is this; donations you make to charities are precious. Make sure that you find a hard-working, local charity about which you can be passionate and to which you can be generous. If you live in Central Oklahoma, or if you happen to be passionate about the people here recovering from multiple disasters, we would be honored to be your charity to which you can "Give Local."

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


A Statement on The Future of #ServeMoore

The words "Thank You" just seem so small. We've always seen Serve Moore as a team effort but we're talking about a team that's just rolled past 42,000 people strong. How do you tell that many people you deeply appreciate their partnership; that thousands of residents are grateful for their service; or that an entire community is forever-changed by their presence? 

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