Update on Operation: Valley Forge

Update on Operation: Valley Forge
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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.

At the request of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services (CCDES), we launched Operation: Valley Forge on Wednesday to assist homeowners affected by the severe ice storm that trampled through Pennsylvania.

Several dozen volunteer members from multiple states dug in and assisted with chainsaw operations, debris removal, and logging damage assessments through Palantir Technologies.

A team of sawyers deployed to West Chester, PA to help clear down trees across the county.
Firefighter Jeff Nobel attacks a downed tree in Chester County, PA following Winter Storm Nika.

As conditions improve, our crew will begin the demobilization process tomorrow and transfer any remaining work requests to CCDES for follow up by the Southeastern Pennsylvania VOAD. Residents can direct future requests by calling 2-1-1.

Several dozen members from multiple states donated their time and skills to Operation: Valley Forge.
Several dozen members from multiple states donated their time and skills to Operation: Valley Forge.

It’s been real, Pennsylvania, and an honor to serve. If you’d like to support our volunteers in the field, consider making a donation so we can continue to help communities in times of need.

Pam planted hugs on our team after we cleared several massive tree limbs from her roof.
Pam planted hugs on firefighter Mark Dalton after  he helped clear several massive tree limbs from her roof.