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02 June 2011

Lichtenegger: Update for Joplin

There were several MO legislators affected by the Joplin disaster, especially Rep. Bill White who lost his residence and business! And my heart goes out to Rep. Charlie Davis -who shares an office with me at the Capitol; he has many constituents whose lives will be forever changed.

“When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts.” Therefore, I will leave this Tuesday night and meet up with other MO House Representatives for in Joplin where we will assist in the clean-up efforts.

There are several foundations and organizations that are conducting relief efforts, but we have been directed to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, with its Joplin-Carthage area affiliate. They have established the Joplin Recovery Fund for donors interested in supporting mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild the city. Checks can be made out to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks and mailed to P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801or go to the website above and donate online. Please note “Joplin Recovery Fund” on your check.

A complete list of tornado recovery information can be found on The City of Joplin website.

The following is a message from Southwest Missouri legislators whose constituents were affected by the tornado:

A Bright Futures team from Joplin has launched a website called This website is a comprehensive resource for people affected by the storm and for those who wish to help. If you are able to help, please consider going to the website and get connected with verified agencies. These agencies and resources are screened and verified. is endorsed by the City of Joplin, Joplin Schools, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way 211., an initiative launched by Bright Futures, will adjust to the changing needs of community relief efforts. Joplin Schools created Bright Futures as a grass roots, community based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping our kids and strengthening our families and community. In the wake of the destruction, Bright Futures is adapting a successful program to meet the needs of those impacted by the tornado.

A local contact person with is Garen McMillian 417-483-5136.

With all our thanks, Senator Ron Richard, Representative Tom Flanigan, Representative Charlie Davis, Representative Bill Lant, Representative Reiboldt

The latest word from Representative White’s office is: PLEASE – NO MORE CLOTHING! His office has received calls from charities requesting storage for clothing. Apparently, charities have been inundated with clothing and they have requested our help in getting the word out that clothing is NOT needed AT THIS TIME. Your help in spreading the word is appreciated.

The immediate need is for plastic storage containers. This need-notice came from the McCauley Catholic High School in Joplin who requested legislators notify others of their desperate need for plastic containers (tubs) for tornado victims to store what little they have salvaged from the rubble of their homes. Currently, they are using cardboard boxes but those become saturated and ruined as they sit on the ground. Of course, groups or individuals are welcome to drop off their donation of containers directly to the McCauley High School located at 930 Pearl Street in Joplin.

Rep. White’s office will collect plastic containers here in the Capitol (Room 406). For convenience, please call 573-751-3791 before delivery.

If you have collected non-clothing donations call Van Fisher in the office of Representative Bill White at (573) 751-3791 or (573) 225-6225. She will work with you to schedule delivery to one of these warehouses. If she is not available, please call Peggy Talken, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Sue Entlicher at (573) 751-1347.

The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations. The current blood supply that is now being used for the severely injured will need to be replaced. Please call the local Red Cross Chapter for more information.

Constituent Corner

Soon the labor force will be flooded with new graduates. That’s why it is always beneficial to scout out the best job market and employment outlooks -it also never hurts to plan ahead! The Missouri DED Career Guide has been updated and offers several pages of insightful information for graduates, but parents are going to want to take a peek too!

For those adults who just want to view the economy status for southeast Missouri using this website: SEMO Regional Profile and Missouri Economy for information regarding all regions of the state.

Three ways to contact me:
  • 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 409B, Jefferson City, MO 65101-6806
  • 573-751-6662 or
  • donna{dot}lichtenegger{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov

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