Operation: Silversides Wraps Up

Operation: Silversides Wraps Up
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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.

Operation: Silversides demobilized today in Newaygo County, Michigan. Since mid-April, roughly 40 volunteers provided storm relief in the communities of Muskegon, Newaygo, and Grant. Strike teams tackled damage assessments, chainsaw operations, muck outs, and expedient home repair. They also rallied with volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation to remove debris from cemeteries in Muskegon. Catch the story from Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, MI here.

Feature Photo: USMC veteran JJ Selvig mucked out a crawl space in a flooded home in Newaygo County, MI.

Army veteran Andy Patton led strike teams to close out multiple work orders for flooded properties and said, “I left the Army a Sergeant who was in charge of the welfare and performance of five or so soldiers. Since leaving the service four years ago, no employer has challenged me to be a leader again. Team Rubicon gave me that opportunity this week. Let me tell you it feels good to be challenged to think about things from a bigger picture for the first time in years. I feel like TR is really helping me grow as a person.”

Army veteran Andy Patton revved up the chainsaw after removing brush from a homeowner's yard.
Army veteran Andy Patton revved up the chainsaw after removing brush from a homeowner’s yard.

A special thanks to those working endlessly at the Newaygo County EOC, local businesses who supported our efforts with in kind donations, and the resilient homeowners of Western Michigan who welcomed us into their homes, giving us another opportunity to serve.