One month after the July 8 storm that damaged homes and businesses in south Dickinson, many believe that things in our community are getting back to normal. However, for those directly impacted by the storm, “normal” is a long way off.
As members of the Stark County Unmet Needs Committee, we continue to hear stories about the many people who, despite insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants, are still in need of money to help in the rebuilding process. On behalf of the committee, I would like to express our gratitude for the generous contributions already made by our community and the surrounding area. And while our committee is developing a process to distribute the money to those who apply by Aug. 17, we are still in need of additional money. We hope to continue to receive contributions late into the fall and early winter.
How can you help? Be creative. Involve friends and neighbors in raising money. Will your congregation receive a special offering for the unmet needs?
- Do you know of grants available from national organizations?
- Can your school class dream up a project to raise money?
- Would you organize a fundraiser such as a benefit meal, a bake sale, or a neighborhood rummage sale?
- Can your business donate a percentage of sales on a certain day or week?
Send contributions to Stark County Unmet Needs, P.O. Box 501, Dickinson, ND 58601.
For additional information, contact committee members Marcy Decker, Father Todd Kreitinger, Lexi Sebastian, Jason Hopfauf, Vince Reep, or Michelle Orton.
— Steve Tangen, Stark County Unmet Needs Committee chairman