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Volunteers Needed for Hurricane Michael Clean Up

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Hurricane Michael inflicted an unprecedented amount of damage on Southwest Georgia. State agencies, power companies, the American Red Cross and other relief agencies have been working tirelessly providing assistance. However, many of our neighbors in Southwest Georgia are still in need of additional help with clean up.


The next leg of recovery is to help residents clear fallen trees, brush and broken limbs. The Atlanta Regional Commission is helping organize teams to assist with the clean-up effort. Specific needs include:

• Chainsaws and chainsaw operators to cut fallen trees

• Assistance in hauling limbs from yards to the curb

• Bobcats and bobcat operators to help with heavier lifting


Volunteers will be working on private property. Teams will be assigned to a specific location and will report to either a county Emergency Management Agency or a church-led relief effort. Each has a defined footprint in southwest Georgia with a formal list of activities to be completed. Lodging can be provided as needed, and in some instances meals may be provided as well. Volunteers are needed immediately and likely for the next two months. Teams or individuals can volunteer for a day, several days or several weeks as their schedules permit.


If you would like to volunteer as an individual or team, please email Katherine Zitsch at and provide dates you are available, roles that interest you and your phone number. If you have equipment or tools that can be used, such as chainsaws or bobcats, please let her know.


If you cannot physically assist with the clean-up efforts, please keep the residents of Southwest Georgia in your thoughts and help spread the word about the need for volunteers.


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