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Old 11-22-2018, 01:02 PM   #31
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I volunteered through VolunteerFlorida. Most of their efforts seem to be at various distribution centers. I would prefer trying to help individual people, however, I can't find any organization that I can work with. I've tried contacting several of the local churches but they have not gotten back to me. Does anyone know how I can get plugged into a faith-based group that is working over there?


I lived on the MS Gulf Coast during Katrina a know what the continuing and long term need is following a hurricane like Michael.


Tom, do you have any POC's you can recommend?
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Tom, do you have any POC's you can recommend?
I know an Insurance Agent that joined the Methodist Volunteer Program. She had to take a course to be certified in doing so. Then she will allowed to go and cut trees, clean debris that kind of stuff.

She is an agent at Zarahn Insurance Agency, Inc. Here is an article about it.


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Thanks, Tom


Do you happen to know her name? I'd like to call her and speak with her.
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Do you happen to know her name? I'd like to call her and speak with her.
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I know an Insurance Agent that joined the Methodist Volunteer Program. She had to take a course to be certified in doing so. Then she will allowed to go and cut trees, clean debris that kind of stuff.

She is an agent at Zarahn Insurance Agency, Inc. Here is an article about it.


https://www.umnews.org/en/news/um-co...icane-recovery
Tom are you saying that if someone want to offer their time for free to help the people in need that they have to be certified to do so.
I have never had to do that to offer free help or labor.
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Tom are you saying that if someone want to offer their time for free to help the people in need that they have to be certified to do so.
I have never had to do that to offer free help or labor.
I think that he means they need some certification if they want to do it through that Methodist program. I'm sure it is a liability issue in case the worker gets hurt or causes damage to the people they're trying to help.

I met a group of 7 men that drove all the way from Shreveport to volunteer. They were looking for areas that needed tree removal.

I drove by a house yesterday that sat on a lot that was probably 1 acre in size. I bet he had 20-30 big pine trees already taken out, with 50-60 more to go.
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Man I'm hoping that is what he means. I can understand working for a company or a group but not as a single person.
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Tom are you saying that if someone want to offer their time for free to help the people in need that they have to be certified to do so.
I have never had to do that to offer free help or labor.
To join the Methodist Group, one needs to be certified.
They teach safety and correctness in assisting others in need.
From demo of drywall to cutting trees, and other assistant protocols.
They are giving badges to properly identify to combat looter mistaken identity.

I am not sure what all they teach, the lady I was talking to about it was very excited to complete her training and starting assisting.

They will be going in as a group
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