Habitat for Humanity looking for financial aid for flood victims

MILWAUKEE (WKOW)  — Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin, the statewide organization supporting the 37 local Habitat affiliates throughout the state, is in critical need of donations for rebuilding efforts to help Wisconsin families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by recent floods and tornadoes in the state.

More than 700 families have reported damage to their homes in communities throughout Wisconsin, with hardest hit areas in the central, southwest/central and northeastern portions of the state, according to Jennifer Hartwell of Habitat for Humanity.

With several rivers cresting later this week, there is a strong possibility that the number will continue to rise.

“We are in the process of identifying families that don’t have the resources necessary to recover from this devastating disaster,” stated Sara Kierzek, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin. “Once the waters recede and homes are ready for repair, our mobile disaster response van and our volunteers will be partnering with low-income families to help them recover.”

Donations big and small can be sent to: Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin, 420 S 1st Street, #6, Milwaukee, WI 53204, or online.

Donors will be able to designate a particular area or community where they’d like to direct their gift, or have it go to areas of greatest need.

Many of the Habitat for Humanity ReStores in storm affected areas will also be working with families who have lost furniture and household items.

Stores will be accepting new or lightly used donations in support of recovery efforts. Click here for a list of store locations and web sites with lists of accepted items.

Several of Habitat’s local affiliates in heavily-affected areas will need volunteers in the coming weeks and months to help with recovery efforts.

People interested in helping out are encouraged to sign up on HFH-Wisconsin’s web site under the volunteer tab to be contacted when repair work begins.

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