The Red Cross and Salvation Army were on site by midnight on Sunday offering aid.
Our District is a part of the Northeast Illinois Community Organizations Active in
Disasters (COAD). We have been interacting with authorities since Monday morning
and working on ways we can help as Rotarians.
Thankfully, there are clubs in Naperville, Woodridge and Darien that have already been
engaged in helping. Many of the Clubs in the District have stepped forward and are helping
financially with donations.
In Woodridge, 156 homes have suffered major damage, including 28 homes that are a complete loss.
About 380 sustained some type of damage. The families in the homes with major damage are
in alternative housing. Two Woodridge Rotarians sustained damage to their homes, but were not injured.
The wife of a former member suffered some injuries – a concussion, broken nose and glass cuts.
The Next Few Days...
The Woodridge Rotary Club and their Foundation have established an account to receive and
process relief funds. The City government has endorsed this effort and are encouraging people to
donate via this venue.
To donate to the Woodridge Rotary Club's efforts, go here:
The City of Woodridge has additional information:
Village Updates Related to June 20 Confirmed Tornado (woodridgeil.gov)
Of note: One young mother in Woodridge who was pregnant with their second child suffered
severe injuries and lost her baby. To help with medical expenses, they have a fundraising page
Fundraiser for Wilson Family
This Saturday and Sunday, COAD will be hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center to help the
victims of this tragic event.This is a central location where people directly affected by the tornados
can physicallygo to receive aid from different agencies (i.e., Government, Insurance, Financial, etc.).
What is needed is a small handful of volunteers to act as ambassadors at the event. They will accompany
families or individualsas they walk through the process.
You do not need to be an expert in any specific field since you are not answering questions.
You are simply accompanying victims of the storm to the different tables/rooms where a specialist
can be found.
Contact me by email if you would like to help - Click here.
In Naperville, Rotary club leaders have been in constant contact with the City of Naperville and
the Red Cross to assess what needs there are, and will alert us of any volunteer opportunities
that arise as this cleanup process continues over the next weeks and months, and
if a fundraiser is planned.
If you or your club would like to help beyond a financial donation, please let me know by
sending a message to Chris Olson - Click here.
The situation is very fluid, and we are trying to keep everyone informed.
If there are things I should know or ways the District can help, please don't hesitate to call or email.
Thank you all and for your help.
District 6450 DART Team Lead