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Storm victims give thanks to volunteers giving time


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - During a time while many are giving thanks, others are giving their time to help with recovery from the Floods of 2008.
It's a Harvest of Hope.

Its been nearly a year and a half since the floods, But for many families in Cedar Rapids, the work still isn't finished.

Volunteer Coordinator Laura Narum said, "Its more of getting the homeowner back into it and that's where a lot of these houses are right now is waiting.  They're either in line for contractors. They don't know who to contact to get free volunteer labor or things like that."

The city wants all flood damaged houses to be boarded, or mucked and gutted before the freeze.

Harvest of Hop Site Manager Jimmy Kelly said, "It's just different circumstances for everybody and the longer we do wait, the harder its going to be on some of the projects, but as long as they can get a crew in here to do the work that comes after us it should be just like it was before the flood."

But volunteer numbers have been declining.  Kelly says around 100 to 200 people volunteer each week during the summer, but numbers are down in the winter months.

Since its a school break, many volunteers that show up are high school and college students.

For every hour of volunteer work, FEMA gives $16.70 to flood recovery.
Saturday around 30 volunteers worked at six homes.

Online producer: Adam Amdor

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