Judson University Students, Staff and Faculty Lend a Helping Hand to Tornado Relief Efforts in Washington, Ill.
(Elgin, IL – December 19, 2013) A team of volunteers comprised of Judson University students, staff and faculty spent a few days in Washington, Ill., to help the community with their tornado relief effort. The town, located less than 150 miles from Judson's campus in Elgin, Ill., was severely damaged by an EF 4 tornado on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Seven people died that day, and hundreds of homes were destroyed.
The team left on Saturday, December 14 and returned Tuesday, December 17. Judson’s team of volunteers spent their time organizing donations and clearing debris piles.
Jamie Galen, a freshman at Judson, said that the opportunity to serve the Washington community was an eye-opening experience.
"When disaster strikes in areas outside of our own hometowns, sometimes its hard to sympathize or understand the extent of loss… Seeing the destruction of these homes so near to our homes firsthand, though, was a real eye-opener. Experiencing the extensive damage just weighed on my heart and gave me a whole new understanding of the situation and a new sense of love towards the inspirationally strong citizens of Washington. I feel extremely blessed to have been given the chance to serve Washington for these past few days. This has truly been an experience that I will never forget and this town and its people have gained a special place in my heart."
Read more about Judson's volunteer work in Washington, Ill., in this article from the Daily Herald.