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The funds reach the families through materials and services, not direct payments.
In all, M2R will allot nearly $2.5 million to those looking to return normalcy to their lives following the tornado.
The majority of the funding distributed by M2R was provided by the Indiana Natural Disaster Fund, funded by the Lilly Endowment through the Indiana Association of United Ways.
King said the winter months slowed progress, but she expects efforts to pick up as the weather warms.
“We are still thinking we will be done by October, November this year,” King said.
She said the organization is actively seeking volunteer reinforcements.
“We are totally dependent on skilled volunteers,” she said. “Here is where it gets kind of tricky, because we are not really looking for the youth group that wants to do something good on the weekend. We are looking for skilled people willing to come.”
She said those with knowledge in plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, roofing and residential siding trades are encouraged to visit the organization’s website at march2recovery.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Looking back on the past year, King said she thinks the group has overcome the most formidable obstacles.
“The initial part was very difficult,” King said. “Just getting it organized, dealing with everybody’s trauma and dealing with multiple helping organizations — some very good and some not very good.”
She said after more organized procedures were put into place, M2R could more easily provide efficient and fair assistance.
“If you look at the six-month anniversary — that was still a pretty dark time for everybody,” King said. “People were still very wounded. I think as the year is coming around, I am seeing a lot more hope.”
As King has gotten to know the survivors over the course of the year, she said she has been amazed at their resilience, but knows they have gone through very troubling times.