WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) --
A central Illinois church has become home base for recovery operations in the
tornado-ravaged community of Washington, where more than 1,000 homes were
severely damaged or destroyed by a tornado last fall.
The Peoria Journal Star
reports Bethany Community Church
has helped steered more than 6,000 volunteers to help residents rebuild.
That includes groups
from New York and Missouri who've traveled to the state on
The church coordinates
everything through an office in an old farm house.
A group of 120 students
from a Minnesota college are spending the week
working in Washington and in the tiny eastern Illinois community of
The Champaign News
Gazette reports it's the ninth year students from St. Olaf College have volunteered during the school
break to help with disaster relief efforts.
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