Volunteers, Donations Needed for Tornado Relief

  • April 2nd, 2021

a ball cap hat reading "The University of Alabama Center for Service and Leadership" sits on top of a pile of debris at a volunteer work site.

The University of Alabama Center of Service and Leadership is searching for UA students, faculty and staff willing to help tornado relief efforts in Shelby County.

Volunteers will travel to Columbiana in Shelby County on April 10 and April 11 to clear debris, distribute donations, make light home repairs and offer support in any way they can. 20 volunteers are needed for each day. Water, snacks and dinner will be provided for volunteers.

Apply to be a volunteer at BamaPulse. If more than 40 people volunteer, names will be put on a waitlist.

“One thing we’re trying to do as a University is maintain long-term sustainable service so it’s not just a one-time thing,” said Zoe Winston, assistant director for the Center of Service and Leadership. “We’ll continue to work with community leaders to provide service to work with the communities as long as there’s a need.”

For those that want to help but can’t travel to Columbiana on April 10 or 11, donations of critical supplies listed below can be dropped off at the Center for Service and Leadership’s office in room No. 1100 in the Ferguson Student Center or at the information desk in the Ferguson Center.

Needed items:

  • Tarps
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene products
  • Toiletries
  • Menstrual products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face masks
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Pillows
  • Socks
  • Baby formula
  • Pet food
  • Gatorade
  • Bottled water
  • Laundry detergent


Jamon Smith, strategic communications, jamon.smith@ua.edu

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