ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Rams front office staff will depart Russell Training Center via buses tomorrow, July 13 at 5am en-route to Joplin, Missouri where they will team with the United Way of Greater St. Louis and AmeriCorps St. Louis on continued tornado relief work. Tomorrow’s effort is part of the Rams’ Staff Day of Service where once a month the entire staff assists with a community service project.
“Given the degree of devastation that Joplin suffered, we knew it would be important to assist in a sustained relief effort to support the initial wave of volunteers that jumped into action immediately following the tornado,” said Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations/chief operating officer, St. Louis Rams. “We’re proud that our Staff Days of Service program has become a hallmark of this organization and allows us to give back to the community in meaningful ways like this. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to come together as a staff to help our Missouri neighbors and remind people of the ongoing needs in Joplin.”
The Rams staff will assist with projects including removing debris, unloading trucks, organizing donations and staffing the call center and data entry center. Upon arrival in Joplin, the Rams will report to the volunteer check-in area at Missouri State Southern University where they will be deployed to the various project locations. A group of cheerleaders, alumni and the team’s mascot, Rampage, will also be on hand to help lift the spirits of the community.
Previously, the Rams donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to help aid the relief efforts in Joplin and St. Louis following the tornados that hit both communities. Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and his wife Maria joined Rams cheerleaders and alumni at a Salvation Army telethon to help raise approximately $45,000 for those impacted by the Good Friday tornadoes in St. Louis. Many members of the Rams organization, including Spagnuolo and the entire coaching staff, also volunteered their time to help with debris removal from the yards of families in the Ferguson, Missouri. The team worked with the United Way and AmeriCorps on those efforts as well.
For those interested in volunteering in Joplin, please call 417-625-3543, visit http://www.stl.unitedway.org or log on to www.211missouri.org and follow the “Want to Help Joplin? Click Here to Volunteer” link.
About the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center:
Established in 1933, United Way's Volunteer Center is our region’s main resource for volunteering. We have a variety of programs, projects and resources to meet your needs.
We connect people to quality opportunities to serve, build capacity for local volunteering, raise awareness of the value volunteers bring to our communities and mobilize volunteers to effectively and efficiently meet local needs. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.
About AmeriCorps Recovery:
Under the coordination of AmeriCorps St. Louis, over 200 national service members have been engaged in the response and recovery activities, which include: setting up and managing a Volunteer Reception Center at the MSSU campus, providing homeowner assistance and casework, supporting community volunteer organizations by tracking volunteer hours and providing both volunteer opportunities and volunteers, data basing and tracking volunteer registrations and hours at the request of the city of Joplin, supporting the Highway Patrol and the local police department with missing person inquires, operating a collection and sorting warehouse at the airport, and coordinating donations in conjunction with SEMA and support for the Missouri Humane Society.