How to help with flood recovery

A number of people have asked what's the best way they can help with flood relief efforts. There are a number of ways you can help.

First, and most foremost, do not just show up to a community that has been impacted wanting to volunteer. While volunteers are critical resources during recovery efforts, too many or being at the wrong place at the wrong time can hamper recovery activities or even put the volunteers and others at risk.

Second, see what your community is already doing prior to starting something new. Duplication of efforts can create confusion and spread already thin resources thinner. Many communities have set up relief drives, so check your churches, businesses, community foundations, community bulletin boards, etc. for what might be happening in your particular area.

Third, check online resources to see where you can either donate or volunteer your time. The Lincoln Community Foundation has assembled a great list of reliable organizations for making donations to or to contact for volunteering needs:

If you had flood damage or know someone who did, Extension has a variety of resources available at: