Volunteer and Donation Information for Tornado Recovery


Damage in Petal, MS from the Jan. 21, 2017 Tornado and Severe Weather
Damage in Petal, MS from the Jan. 21, 2017 Tornado and Severe Weather

PEARL – The following opportunities are available for people who would like to volunteer or donate in support of the tornadoes and severe storms survivors in Mississippi.

Monetary Donations:

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations to help those in need. Donations can be made directly through the website: www.PineBeltFoundation.org. Please indicate the name of the Fund in the message line.

The United Way of Southeast Mississippi is also accepting monetary donations, which can be made through their website: http://www.unitedwaysems.org/give.


Volunteer Hattiesburg/United Way of Southeast MS is posting immediate needs, opportunities and donation collection points on their website and social media platforms – http://www.unitedwaysems.org and @unitedwaysems respectively.

Volunteers and volunteer groups alike should coordinate all activities through the Volunteer Response Center (VRC) so that response is most efficient. The following VRC is open:

  • Hattiesburg VRC, coordinated by Volunteer Mississippi and the Knights of Columbus
    Location: East Jerusalem Baptist Church
    Address:410 S. Tipton St. Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Phone: 601-606-3523
    E-mail: vrchattiesburg@gmail.com

Work Orders will be facilitated through the Forrest County Emergency Management Agency and Crisis Cleanup so volunteers have a consistent flow of work.

Free Home Cleanup Hotline:

From now through February 11, 2017, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for debris removal and home cleanup after the recent tornadoes and severe weather. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in chainsaw work and debris cleanup, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. Survivors should call 800-451-1954 for help.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter @msema.