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Many of us were shocked and saddened when we heard about the torrential rainfall and devastating flooding in Duluth, Minnesota on June 18. We checked with the Minister and Board President to find out whether the church building and members’ homes were okay. Those were not damaged in the flood. If you’d like to help with the recovery efforts after the flood, here are some ways to help. These organizations were suggested by the Board and Minister of the UU Congregation of Duluth.
- At the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, several animals died when the low-lying areas flooded. Some animals, including a polar bear, have been relocated to Como Zoo in Saint Paul while the cleanup is underway. Mail checks to: Lake Superior Zoo, 7210 Fremont Street, Duluth, MN 55807. For online donations, go to: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Zoo-S-Flood-Relief-Effort
- Hartley Nature Center is an educational center near the UU church. Trails were damaged in the storm. The Nature Center has an environmental mission that fits well with UU values. Mail checks to Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Avenue, Duluth, MN 55803. For online donations, go to: http://www.hartleynature.org/support/donations.html
- The United Way of Duluth is working to support those affected by the flood. Here’s a link for information about how to assist them: http://www.unitedwayduluth.org/
- Lutheran Social Services is assisting families affected by the flood. Send checks to Lutheran Social Services, 424 W Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
- The Red Cross opened shelters and is supporting other shelters in the region, helping more than 200 people who sought refuge overnight from the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing meals, health and mental health support and will begin serving meals throughout affected neighborhoods as the areas become accessible. Send checks to the Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811