After several weeks of bitter cold and minimal volunteer construction assistance, our Construction Manager resigned. The executive team will review the job description, local skilled worker capabilities and investigate alternatives including the Mennonite Disaster Service.
The building currently under construction is ready for windows, vapor barriers, paneling, and other rough construction items. Volunteers will be needed to finish work such as paint, flooring and trim work. The long term recovery group will begin to spread the word and line up volunteers.
Start planning now for upcoming Week of Caring
The United Way Annual Week of Caring is in May. During this week, Mat-Su businesses and organizations volunteer their time and talents on various community service projects. We hope to take full advantage of this opportunity of increased manpower with fire survivors. Case Managers are working with survivors now to identify and plan work that can be completed in the Spring. Some work ideas include debris removal and building site preparation, outhouse construction, etc.
Donation management continues to be managed on a case by case basis. A Donations Quality Control form is being created. By answering a few questions regarding potential donations prior to accepting them, disposal fees and management will decline, the quality will increase and transport coordination will be easier.
Survivors with pet food needs can contact their Case Managers. There is a supply available for distribution.
United Way applied for and received a grant from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that will be applied to McKinley Fire recovery efforts.