DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – An EF-1 tornado ripped through Davenprt, Iowa on October 6, 2016. The storm left people picking up debris and Kings Harvest Ministries without a shelter.
A little over a month later, the Kings Harvest was able to provide meals to those in need starting Friday, November 11, 2016.
But even as repairs continue on the building in downtown Davenport, Kings Harvest is trying to prepare for the winter months.
“A lot of our volunteers, they don’t know whats going on. A lot of our ministry is still closed, so we have only been able to open a couple of them,” said Kings Harvest Assistant Director, Brandi Anderson. “So letting everybody know hey we are open again, we are going to have this main ministry that’s open again, letting our current volunteers know that and getting new volunteers in is just crucial right now.”
That’s why Kings Harvest is holding volunteer training Tuesday, November 11, 2016. Anderson says the training won’t take long, but will give people a better idea of what it will be like to volunteer at the shelter.
“Tomorrow we will just talk a little bit about the different volunteer opportunities and take a tour so they will know, based on what they want to be doing, where they would be working,” said Anderson.
She also says, they have opportunities for families and people can volunteer when they are able.
“Anybody that wants to come down we encourage them to come down,” said Anderson. Families, if they want to come down, we have opportunities for that. Individuals you can volunteer an hour, a night, or all night, or once all winter. And we have plenty of volunteers opportunities to suit anybody.”
Kings Harvest hopes to open their shelter December 1, 2016. Their winter shelter runs from the first day in December until April 15. At the shelter anyone, 18-years-old or older can find a safe and warm place to sleep.
“Volunteers for our winter shelter [are] crucial, to get the guys through the door at night help with food so everybody gets snacks at night. We can have up to 80 men in there at a time.” said Anderson.
Anyone who is interested, is invited to attend the volunteer training which will be held at the Davenport shelter (824 W. 3rd St.) at 7 p.m.
Anderson says the training is recommended, but if you can’t make it you can still volunteer. Those interested can contact the shelter.