The City of Minneapolis announced that Saturday, June 4 will be the official North Side Volunteer Clean-Up Day in north Minneapolis following the May 22 tornado. Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barb Johnson, Council Members Don Samuels and Diane Hofstede, and Senator Al Franken thanked many of the agencies and volunteers who have already given their time to help the residents and businesses at an event.
Since the tornado, thousands of people from Minneapolis and beyond have asked how they can volunteer on the North Side to help residents clean up their properties and get folks back on their feet to make it through this difficult time. Urban Homeworks, a local housing organization, has helped coordinate the initial debris cleanup volunteer efforts on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. Since Sunday, 3,000 volunteers have conducted initial debris assessments and cleanup, and professionals are now handling the removal of heavier debris in the affected area. Due to this huge response, additional volunteers are not needed for debris cleanup until Saturday, June 4.
The City of Minneapolis is hoping to mobilize 2,000 volunteers to help in light debris cleanup in the affected area. Those who would like to volunteer on Saturday, June 4 must call 311 (612-673-3000) to register. Only people who have registered will be able to take part in the effort that day.
Urban Homeworks estimates that its volunteers have helped remove debris from more than 3,500 homes since Sunday. The Minneapolis Red Cross operated the shelter for those affected by the tornado at the Northeast Armory and estimates that it has served more than 1,000 meals and 6,000 snacks, distributed 196 comfort kits, made 180 medical service contacts, hosted 396 overnight shelter stays, and deployed three mobile feeding and bulk distribution trucks.
For more information about tornado recovery for North Minneapolis visit the Minneapolis Recovers website.