Volunteers canvassing tornado damaged neighborhoods to help with the recovery

Hands on Nashville, UMCOR assigning case workers for tornado victims
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 09:49:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Next week marks four months since a deadly tornado tore through Nashville and Middle Tennessee. While some people are well on their way to recovery, for many, it was put on hold due to COVID-19.

Saturday morning, volunteers with Hands on Nashville and the United Methodist Church's Committee on Relief (UMCOR) went door to door in tornado ravaged neighborhoods, to make sure their their neighbors are seeking the help they need.

"It looks like your home is in pretty good condition, can I leave a card with you in case you need anything related to the tornado?" asked Erin Evans, District 12 Metro Councilwoman for the Donelson area.

Evans was one of several volunteers who knocked on doors in the Donelson neighborhood near Donelson Christian Academy. Their goal was to hand out as many tornado relief cards as possible. Each card has a phone number -- 615-270-9255 -- that will link tornado victims with a case worker that can assist them with whatever needs they may have.

"We just want to make sure they can get the information that they need," said Evans.

Evans quickly discovered, those who need their help the most can no longer stay in their houses. So we watched as she placed cards in just about every nook, mailbox, door and neighbor's hand she could find.

"It’s hard. We’ve got a lot of work to do to connect with everybody to make sure they know there are resources available," said Evans.

Greg Bailey with the Long-Term Recovery Group says they will also do a direct mail campaign to help spread the word about the tornado relief phone number.

If you or anyone you know is struggling to recover from the Super Tuesday tornado, just call -- 615-270-9255.