Marshalltown Tornado Recovery Group Needs Volunteers
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- You can hear the progress in Marshalltown through chainsaws and hammering of rooftops but the road to tornado recovery is long. "It is all over town and a lot of work still needs to be done," said Norman McDonald who works as a local contractor. In September, homeowners with damage could apply for federal funding through the Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repairs, or project VALOR program. "If drywall or installation gets wet, they will repair that. If windows or doors are broken they replace those," said Jessica Bullock of AmeriCorps VISTA and volunteer coordinator with Central Iowa RSVP. The group is charge of organizing the efforts to help those homes become livable. She said, "The funding for VALOR, they give $5,000, which is the cap per home."