2012 has been a busy year for us at Portlight, with the renewed commitment from Dr. Jeff Masters and Wunderground.com, the new website, tornados in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas and Oklahoma, new partnerships with Team Rubicon, The Mahalia Partnership and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, the Harrisburg House project. So busy, in fact, that we thought we’d take a few minutes and recount some of the things our volunteers have done, with your help:
In February we premiered the new Portlight website; we had a number of volunteers who contributed. The volunteers were so numerous we won’t name any names here but we’re grateful to everyone who contributed. You ladies and gentlemen know who you are and you should be very proud of the work you did.
March brought severe weather to the Midwest. Harrisburg, Illinois was hard hit and Thomas Hudson, volunteer extraordinaire, was there, providing relief and clean up assistance with our new partners, Team Rubicon. Harrisburg also brought us Dylan Stanek and Karen Foster, Dylan a volunteer and Karen, a leading figure in town and through them we became involved in the Harrisburg House project, an effort to provide a house for a single mother of three and her children who lost nearly everything in the tornado.
Thomas Hudson and the Portlight Relief trailer in Harrisburg Illinois
In April we provided assistance after the tornados in the Dallas Texas area. Again, Thomas and Team Rubicon responded and helped in the relief efforts. When Woodward Oklahoma was struck two weeks later, we again responded with Team Rubicon to provide relief assistance.
When the wild fires struck in Colorado in June, we were there with our new friends at the CCDC (The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition), helping with people that you identified for us.
Now we’re in July…things have gotten quiet, but we know they won’t be quiet for long. We’re in the middle of Hurricane season and mid-summer is a time of unsettled and dangerous weather that happens when we least expect it. Our work is never really done and new tasks pop up all the time. With your help and the help of our friends like the amazing people at Wunderground.com and our new friends at Team Rubicon, The Mahalia Partnership and CCDC, we will be ready.
Where do we go from here? That depends on you, our supporters, volunteers and friends. Our purpose hasn’t changed: we will continue providing support, relief and aid for unserved, under-served and forgotten people wherever they may be…