Portlight Disaster Relief

New and Improved Website

By: Portlight, 2:44 AM GMT on March 01, 2012



New Portlight Website


Please check out our spiffy new website. Wunder Blogger Floodman put a ton of hard work into this.


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Tornado Outbreak UPDATE


(L) Roof damage to the First Baptist Churh of Henryville, Indiana. (R) Tornado damage to Henryville High School.


Views of damage along the tornado's path.


(L) Volunteers unloading supplies at the FBC. (R) Staging relief supplies.

UPDATE:

6:30 PM Saturday, 03/10/2012

The following is an update from Matt (Tornadodude) Phelps, who has been assembling teams and volunteering in both Harrisburg Illinois and Henryville Indiana for the past week. His most recent trip was to Henryville where he volunteered at the First Baptist Church:

"Yesterday we went to Henryville, Indiana and volunteered for a few hours, mainly unloading trailers with water, canned goods, etc.

The people were in great spirit, eager to rebuild, and overall thankful that it wasn't worse than it was.

Myself, Jeremiah Moran, Blaize Edwards, and Andrew Newcomb made the 2 hour drive from Washington, Indiana.

We will be trying to get back this weekend or a couple of days next week."

In addition to Matt and his team, Dylan Stanek has been volunteering in Henryville this week with Kayla Kirkpatrick at the FBC. More on what they've been doing when it bcomes available.


UPDATE:

4:30 PM Tuesday, 03/06/2012
Portlight teams will be on the ground in Henryville and Marysville Indiana tomorrow, rallying at the First Baptist Church in Henryville. Pastor Toby Jenkins of the First Baptist Church and his team will be giving assignments and directing the relief efforts.

Our team in Harrisburg will be wrapping up their activities there and will be moving to Henryville tonight.

More info as it becomes available.



Portlight and Team Rubicon volunteers performed clean
up on Saturday in Harrisburg, IL; putting a chain saw
to good use!


A volunteer performing clean up in
Harrisburg IL

UPDATE:

1:30 AM Sunday, 03/04/2012
Volunteers from colleges and churches made a strong showing in Harrisburg today. Team Rubicon and Portlight will push east to Indiana early Sunday, where volunteer work is still restricted because of gas leaks and continuing SAR (search and rescue) operations. We will provide part of the earliest response to these tornado stricken rural areas.

Further assessment teams are on site or enroute to locations hit by the latest outbreak; more information on their findings will be available here later today.

We are still looking for volunteers to form teams and assist in the clean up efforts; anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or add a comment below. You can also help by clicking the donate button. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.

UPDATE:

11:30 AM Saturday, 03/03/2012
Portlight and Team Rubicon assessed properties and wrote volunteer work orders in Harrisburg, Illinois yesterday. Due to work zone hazards and continued severe weather, the two organizations were the only ones allowed into the disaster zone.

Further assessment teams are on site or enroute to locations hit by yesterday's outbreak; more information on their findings will be available here later today.

We are still looking for volunteers to form teams and assist in the clean up efforts; anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or add a comment below. You can also help by clicking the donate button. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.


UPDATE:

9:30 PM Friday, 03/02/2012
After another day of severe weather, Harrisburg is not the only place in need. While we are concentrating efforts on Harrisburg, we are looking for volunteers to work clean up and relief in other areas hit by today's outbreak. Team Rubicon will be sending teams into the areas hardest hit today to do assessment and aid in the relief efforts and we intend to provide what volunteers we can to assist them in this effort. Henryville and Marysville Indiana will not be accessible to anyone but first responders for the next few days but when they open up to relief workers we want to be able to help out.

Again, anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working in all these areas for some time and you can help. Stay tuned here and our website for updates.


UPDATE:

1:30 PM Friday, 03/02/2012
Portlight volunteers are sheltering in the hospital in Harrisburg; Team Rubicon and Portlight volunteers are conducting assessment and emergency relief work and these teams are the only volunteer teams allowed to work in the Harrisburg area today.

Our thanks, by the way, to the people who have offered to volunteer themselves and their services so far today; you are all appreciated!

Again, anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend and certainly into next week. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.

More information as it becomes available...


UPDATE:

The Portlight trailer in Harrisburg IL


10:30 AM Friday, 03/02/2012
Based on information recieved from Team Rubicon and our observers in the Harrisburg area volunteers will certainly be needed. We are looking for people in the general area of the storm, from East Central Missouri to Western Indiana that will be able to make day trips into the area (accomodations are limited in the area and overnight stays will not be possible for very many).
Anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on our Wunderground.com blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend. Stay tuned here and our blog for updates.
The email address and blog will be monitored closely and any volunteers will be contacted as quickly as possible for further information and instructions.


Harrisburg Illinois Tornado UPDATES

Based on information recieved from Team Rubicon and our observers in the Harrisburg area volunteers will certainly be needed. We are looking for people in the general area of the storm, from East Central Missouri to Western Indiana that will be able to make day trips into the area (accomodations are limited in the area and overnight stays will not be possible for very many).

Anyone interested in volunteering should email us here or comment on this blog. The need is immediate; teams will be working all weekend. Stay tuned here and Portlight.org for updates.

The email address and blog will be monitored closely and any volunteers will be contacted as quickly as possible for further information and instructions.

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee
Unit #721
Johns Island, SC 29455


Harrisburg, IL Response

We are sending people into the Harrisburg, IL, area at this time in response to the storm event there.. They will be assessing needs there and surrounding areas. We expect we will find much to do and ask for your continued support.

We will likely need volunteers and will certainly need financial assistance. As usual, we will be focusing our efforts on the unserved, under served and forgotten.

Portlight.org

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee
#721
Johns Island, SC 29455

Disaster relief

Updated: 5:41 PM GMT on March 13, 2012

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Portlight awarded Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant

By: Portlight, 8:45 PM GMT on February 02, 2012

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For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
January 31, 2012 Janelle LoBello(973) 379-2690 ext. 7111
media@christopherreeve.org

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards 76 Nonprofit Organizations
Quality of Life Grants

Short Hills, N.J. - (February 1, 2012) The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced it is has awarded 76 Quality of Life Grants totaling $450,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Awarded twice annually, the Quality of Life Grants Program rewards nonprofit organizations who reflect the Reeve Foundation’s mission to empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, almost 2,000 grants totaling over $15.2 million have been awarded.

Portlight Strategies of Johns Island, South Carolina was honored with a $25,000 grant which will help to support the replenishment of a mobile emergency disaster relief storage trailer that transports and provides accessible shelter, essential medical supplies and durable medical equipment to individuals living with paralysis and their families in the event of weather catastrophe. Funded with a previous Quality of Life grant to Portlight Strategies, the trailer has helped families up and down the East Coast of the United States after hurricanes and flooding and in Texas after wildfires. Portlight will also work to educate emergency shelter providers to make them more accessible to people with mobility impairments.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Illinois, was awarded a $17,000 grant to support a project using the SmartWheel system to help prevent and eliminate pain and repetitive strain injury during prolonged use of wheelchairs in pediatric patients living with spinal cord injuries.

Of the many adaptive sports grants awarded, Disabled Sports USA located in Rockville, Maryland, received a $4,500 grant to help support the Hartford Ski Spectacular. Over 700 youth and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse amount of snow sports made accessible by adaptive equipment, trained adaptive instructors, skilled professionals, and volunteers at one of the nation’s largest winter sports festivals for people living with disabilities.

PAALS, of Columbia, South Carolina, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to support an experiential program for members of the military and veterans with combat-related anxiety to train service dog partners for military and veteran clients living with paralysis.

“The Quality of Life Grants Program allows us to connect with other nonprofit organizations to enable individuals living with paralysis and their families to enhance their daily livelihood,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Promoting as much freedom and independence as possible for individuals living with paralysis is a tenet of our mission. The Quality of Life Grants do just that.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.  For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

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