"On May 22, 2011, our lives were changed forever. We lost 161 of our friends and family members, thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and our reality was forever altered.

"But then help began to pour in. Volunteers, donations, hope.  Thank you for your part in helping Joplin recover!  We will always remember the kindness you showed our city.

"This video is dedicated to all of you that worked with us, cried with us, and helped us survive.
Thank you."

(This 6.5 minute video is hosted on YouTube; PDA does not imply endorsement of any advertisements or pop-ups.)

PDA supported two volunteer hosting sites in Joplin following the tornadoes.  Volunteers from across the nation stayed at First Presbyterian Church of Joplin and at Shoalkirk Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center. More than 1,600 volunteers worked a total of more than 87,000 hours, assisting with recovery efforts in the Joplin community.

three volunteers working on the roof; photo by Hannah Keller

Hear from one of the teams.
Read Lyon College students become part of building hope in Joplin.


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