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United Way Seeking Volunteers for Flood Recovery

United Way of Hancock County is seeking volunteers for the rest of this week and into the weekend for immediate flood recovery efforts.  Tasks include removing flood soaked items, removing paneling and drywall, washing and sanitizing basements and moving furniture.

“Although many people think of us as mainly a fundraiser, organizing volunteers is another important thing we do. And, we have a big need right now. Our volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Christian Aid Ministries and Team Rubicon helped out tremendously, but we still have a need for volunteers willing to get a little dirty for those in need,” said John Urbanski, president and CEO of United Way of Hancock County. “Those groups were a blessing but many have finished their time here.”

United Way is sending out groups of four to five people to each job in order to get it taken care of quickly. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering should call the United Way office directly at 419-423-1432. No special skills are needed for the work. Volunteers must be age 16 or older.

Monetary donations are still being accepted for the flood relief efforts as well. More than $63,000 has been raised by corporations and individuals.

“We will definitely need more money than we have on hand. Contributions to our flood relief fund at First Federal Bank will be accepted until we meet the needs of those affected by this flood,” said Urbanski. To contribute online, go to and note “flood relief” in the comments section. All funds raised are going to flood relief.