In September 2005, Memphis opened its arms to more than 10,000 evacuees from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. More than 7,000 Memphis-area volunteers sorted clothes, provided meals from Salvation Army canteens, answered phones, worked in shelters, collected donations at drop-off sites, etc.
Volunteer Memphis will offer a Disaster Relief Volunteer Fair for community members interested in disaster preparedness and relief on Thursday, May 18th, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p. m. at the Central Library. Attendees will learn about being prepared for the next disaster, opportunities to contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief, and how to be a part of the solution after the next big disaster. Agencies such as the Health Department, Crisis Center, Humane Society, Salvation Army, MIFA, and many more will be on hand to answer questions.
Youngsters who attend can create cards to send to displaced children of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The event is free and open to the public.