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Team Rubicon on WTVC: 1,000 Volunteers Rebuild Adairsville

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

By Mikaya Thurmond – February 3, 2013

It’s been just over 72 hours and volunteers have arrived from across the country to help with the tornado clean-up in Adairsville.

The tornado that blasted through Adairsville, Georgia has displaced more than 90 families and 500 people, but the community spirit is one thing that wasn’t destroyed.

Today was a volunteer work day for anyone over the age of 18.Teams of volunteers, from veterans to the national guard, responded to the call. Joyce Coomer has been organizing volunteers with her church. She says “by ourselves it would be overwhelming but we know the lord has blessed everything that we’ve done.”

Her son, Kenneth, adds “I’m glad the community has come out in force to be a part of this rebuilding effort and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Residents expected 400 people, but by noon, more than 1,000 showed up.

One Navy veteran, who volunteers with the Rubicon Organization, says she was shocked by the amount of people that showed despite the devastating damage. ” They have been incredibly supportive of us. Their volunteers they’ve had show up today. It’s been amazing,” says Dee Clancy.