Tuesday, August 10th marks one year since the derecho struck eastern Iowa.
And even a year later, cleanup is still going on in those areas hit hard by the storm, especially Cedar Rapids.
Volunteers from Delaware County have been making the trip down to help their neighbors to the south. Many of them volunteer through the Delco Circuit Disaster Program of the United Methodist Church. The program has around 50 volunteers from twelve local churches who are trained and able to respond to local and regional disasters such as the derecho.
Former Regional Medical Center CEO Charlie Button is one of the program’s volunteers.
Button says they could always use more volunteers.
And to help fundraise for the program, the Delco Circuit Disaster Program will be holding a Rummage Sale/Bake Sale at the Delhi United Methodist Church this Saturday.
The proceeds from Saturday’s BBQ and sale will go to the disaster ministries of the local United Methodist Church Delco Circuit – and more specifically, to equip and maintain two response trailers with additional tools and supplies. Button says it’s important to be prepared because you never know who will need help next.
If you’d like volunteer with the Delco Circuit Disaster Program and help derecho victims in Cedar Rapids who still need assistance, you can reach out to Charlie Button at 563-822-0533.