Two nonprofits join forces to aid storm victims

A new nonprofit organization, Albany Twin Storm Relief, has partnered with the Fuller Center to bring in more groups to help.

The founder of Albany Twin Storm Relief, Makeba Wright could not be more satisfied with the partnership. Today was the first day the Fuller Center and Wright's organization officially worked together.

“I am just glad that I have this opportunity and I have been directed to come up with a nonprofit to rebuild the community,” Wright said.

The Fuller Center provides volunteers to aid families in need, and Albany Twin Storm Relief helps financially provide. 100 percent of all donations given to Albany Twin Storm Relief goes back to the community.

The Fuller Center's current group of volunteers is a group from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Students from WU traveled to Albany last spring break for a mission trip, but there was not any storm damage at the time. This is a new experience for those involved.

"It's a lot of damage. I have seen it before, and I sympathize with all of the people down here. Anything that we can do to help them, I just want to be able to do anything I can," WU volunteer, Metta Devine-Quin said.

City commissioner, B.J. Fletcher wants to remind the community there are still more families struggling without roofs over their heads, which is why this group's efforts is important.

“They are giving these people their homes back. They have been sort of displaced on January 2nd and 22nd. This is a reminder to tell the people of this community this is not over. We see the streets clean and we think it’s over with, but it’s not. We have got hundreds of homes,” Fletcher said.

For ways to volunteer and donate contact the Fuller Center at 229-924-2900.

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