Eight USS Missouri (SSN 780) Sailors continue their volunteer efforts by organizing 200 volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts in Joplin, Mo., June 2.
The Sailors dispersed over several areas of Joplin to remove debris, assist homeowners with recovery of their belongings and oversee volunteers.
“After our first day in Joplin it became clear to all members of the Missouri team that our decision to volunteer in Missouri and assist not only the citizens of Joplin but the entire state, was the right one. It further strengthens the strong ties between USS Missouri and our namesake state,” said Chief Yeoman (SS) Mike Shea.
The Missouri Sailors departed their homeport in Groton, Conn. on June 1, to assist with recovery efforts following a tornado that tore through the city last month. Each Sailor elected to take voluntary leave for one week to offer assistance where needed in Joplin.
“We also have realized that what we are doing here is helping to establish a strong footprint in the recovery and rebuilding of the town of Joplin,” said Shea.
The Missouri Sailors will continue their volunteer efforts with Americorps, the American Red Cross, and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency until the middle of next week.
Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the people of the “Show Me State.”
Source: navy, June 6, 2011;