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Local United Ways around the state are lending a helping hand to victims of the April tornado that devastated the region of southwest Virginia around Abingdon. United Way President Patrick Jinks is looking for volunteers to accompany him this Friday for a special United Way Day of Action.

United Way of Russell and Washington Counties is leading the recovery efforts in the region recently denied FEMA assistance. They are particularly looking for skilled labor (roofers, carpenters, etc.), but emphasize that anyone can be of help.

United Way of Russell and Washington Counties President Travis Staton said that the storm caused approximately $30 million in agricultural damage, $40 million in residential damage, and $20 million in commercial damage.

The storm took 3 lives, and damaged over 400 homes.Jinks said that a limited number of hotel rooms and meals would be covered Thursday night for those that wish to make the trip with him. The Day of Action is all day Friday.  “This is somewhat of a spur-of-the-moment project for us,” said Jinks, who noted that usually, United Way work here is limited to Danville and Pittsylvania County. “This is a bit different,” Jinks added. “We would welcome the help of a neighboring United Way if our region were affected by such a disaster.”

To learn more, Jinks said people can listen to the LIVE UNITED Radio Show archive featuring the details of the situation at the following Internet address:  Volunteers interested can also call Jinks at 434-792-3700, extension 230, or e-mail to

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