Help flooding victims in West Virginia

At least 24 have died. Those who are inclined to give can donate to West Virginia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) or to one of the community foundations of the affected counties (be aware that some of this money may be co-managed by the United Methodist Church). We can also donate to the West Virginia chapter of the American Red Cross.

For those who are unaware, West Virginia is one of the poorer states in the U.S., with measures of prosperity and welfare consistently putting most the state among the three poorest in the nation, due at least in part to the reliance of the state on mining and resource extraction, which are industries in freefall. Fellow Americans, these people deserve our help.

~ by Servetus on June 26, 2016.

11 Responses to “Help flooding victims in West Virginia”

  1. This is awful.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have relatives in Virginia (just outside DC) and haven’t heard anything on FB regarding this.
    Do you know what caused the flooding?


    • DC is quite a distance from West Virginia. There’s been a ton of rain in DC this spring (my FB friends are all complaining about it), but no flooding there. As far as I know this is just the result of excessive rain, as much as 10 in per day on several days recently.


      • The weather has run amok globally. We’ve had the driest June and an almost tropical summer so far. Really unusual here.
        I feel so sorry for those afflicted. I’ve contacted my relatives for support.


  2. How awful. So sorry to read this. Not sure about the stats – is it densely populated or more ‘rural’? Poorer due to the declining traditional industry’s from what you wrote.


    • *industries even


    • Rural, mountainous, populated heavily by coal miners, who have been exploited by everybody everywhere forever. The kind of place that takes the first wage hit in any recession because the workforce is poorly educated and jobs migrate to places where wages are even lower.


  3. So sorry to hear that🙁always hits in the same areas and the most vulnerable Thanks for passing the appropriate links for help.


  4. I live in SW PA and West Virginia is only about 1/2 hr. away from me and it is indeed one of the poorest states in the US. Since our county is so close to them it is also a very low income for PA and the closer you get to Pgh the better you are. It always seems such disasters hit where it hurts the most.And you are right Serv. these are coal mining and steel working areas and we know where that has gone now.


  5. This was a diffuse time in West Virginia but watching people come together since then to rebuild has been a heartwarming process.


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