Tornado Aftermath: How To Help


The Red Cross has set up what it is calling a one-stop shop for tornado victims.

Lots of resources will be available at The Linc recreation center on Lafayette Street in Jefferson City from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. There’s a similar Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at Eldon’s Church of the Nazarene on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Folks can get info on debris clean up, financial assistance, household supplies, food, and more.

Get more info on resources through the following groups:

-Samaritan’s Purse: 828-434-3774

-Central MO Community Action: 573-635-4480

-Common Ground Community Building: 573-522-4314

-Joshua House Church: 573-230-8274

-Quinn Chapel Church: 573-575-5001

-Love2Nurish: 573-645-6569

You can check with the State Emergency Management Agency on how to volunteer or donate to Jefferson City and Eldon tornado relief here. If you want to drop off supplies, officials recommend the Capital West Christian Events Center on Fairgrounds Road.


The United Way of Central Missouri, American Red Cross and other organizations continue to assist in this time of recovery and rebuilding our community. The storm and flooding has affected many. We’ll utilize all resources available to help the victims of this terrible tragedy.


If you or someone you know needs assistance or resources due to the recent tornado or flooding, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-427-4626). 2-1-1 services include referrals for basic human needs, physical and mental health resources, and support for all who have been impacted.

A Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) is planned for later this week. A MARC is a one stop shop for disaster survivors to access services after last week’s storms.


If an organization or individual needs volunteer assistance, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-427-4626). You may also visit to post your disaster opportunities on their website. 



Online donations can be made to the United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund online, or by texting MIDMO to 41444. You can also donate online through the American Red Cross website.

The United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund will help our community meet the disaster-related needs, and support recovery, throughout the affected Jefferson City and Eldon area. 100% of donations given to the United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund will be used to serve immediate and long-term recovery efforts. Cash/checks are being accepted at their office at 205 Alameda Drive in Jefferson City. Checks should be made payable to the United Way of Central Missouri. You may also make checks out to the American Red Cross Central & Northern Missouri Chapter. Please note ‘Disaster Recovery’ in the memo field.


A donation site will be set up for individuals wanting to donate items starting Thursday, May 30 from 8a-5p. The donation site will be at Capital West Christian Church Events Center, 1315 Fairgrounds Road in Jefferson City. They’ll be accepting personal hygiene products, paper goods, and cleaning supplies. Those are the items most in need at this time. Future items of need will be communicated as we identify the mid to long-term needs of victims.


Individuals wanting to volunteer and assist with the disaster recovery can register HERE or go to the Volunteer Reception Center directly. The center is located in the old Sears wing of Capital Mall. Their hours are now 9:00am – 3:00pm seven days a week TFN. Find more info on the United Way of Central Missouri Facebook page (@unitedwaycemo). You can also call their direct line at 573-462-9904. Volunteers cleaning up debris must be 18 years of age or older.

All volunteers should bring:

  • Valid ID
  • Work gloves
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toed shoes (preferably work boots)
  • Water
  • Lunch

There will be other tornado recovery related service activities posted as they become available. There may be limited parking and congested roads in downtown Jefferson City, so please consider carpooling.


Red Cross shelters remain open in Jefferson City and Eldon. A pet shelter also remains open. The two shelters are located at:

  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School 1201 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO (location includes temporary pet shelter)
  • Eldon Community Center: 309 E 2nd, Eldon, MO

Items to bring include clothing for a few days, bedding, toiletries, essential medication, and items for your children. Anyone who needs to find a shelter may visit, download the free Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

At this time, donations of clothing and toiletries have been plentiful.  For the time, they are requesting the public to hold off on any additional items. The Red Cross is working with community partners to determine a specific location that is able to take additional items. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

During and after disasters, financial donations enable the Red Cross to help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate online at

About United Way of Central Missouri

With more than 1,100 volunteers, United Way of Central Missouri and its 28 partner agencies touch more than 86,000 lives in our community, helping people live their best possible lives by fighting for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community. We provide services in seven counties in central Missouri; including Camden, Cole, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, and southern Callaway; to create community solutions that improve life for our families, friends, and neighbors. Since our inception in 1925, United Way of Central Missouri has partnered with local businesses and organizations to remain a vibrant resource in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Missouri, please visit Stay tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@unitedwaycemo).

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