Numerous area groups are seeking help and volunteers after last week’s flood.
For people looking for ways to help, here are groups accepting donations and volunteers:Minnesota Ballet: The ballet is estimating that 90 percent of its sets and hand-painted drops were damaged when a storage facility flooded. Donations can be made to Minnesota Ballet, 301 W. First St. #800, Duluth, MN 55802 or online at minnesotaballet.org or by calling (218) 529-3742.Red Cross: The city of Duluth is directing donations to the Red Cross at redcrossmn.org or (800) 733-2767. Donors also can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or send checks to the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross at 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811.Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: Collecting donations to help with flood recovery efforts in Duluth and other communities. It also has made available its Camp Noah program, which is designed to help children recover emotionally from natural disasters. Go to lssmn.org/disaster or mail contributions to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, SDS 12-2054, P.O. Box 86, St. Paul, MN 55486. Put “Duluth disaster response” on the memo line.Carlton County: A center to coordinate volunteers and donations is operating at the Cloquet National Guard Armory. The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Contact: (218) 384-1112. Wells Fargo Bank is accepting tax-deductible donations at all of its branches nationwide to the Carlton County Flood Relief Fund.Duluth Parks and Recreation: Parks and trails in the area will be relying partly on volunteers to clean up after the flooding. To help clean up Duluth city parks and trails, contact Cheryl Skafte at (218) 730-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the cleanup will be available on the city’s website soon.Superior Hiking Trail: Volunteers will be needed to assess trail conditions and help replace bridges. To volunteer, call (218) 834-2700 or e-mail email@example.com.Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores: To help with trail work on Duluth’s mountain-biking trails, go to www.coggs.com and check the message board for upcoming trail work dates and locations.United Way of Greater Duluth: To help with recovery efforts within the city or surrounding area or assist with the rehabilitation of parks and trails, go to duluthmn.gov and click on Declaration of Emergency — City of Duluth Flood Emergency Information or go to volunteerduluth.org and click on “give help.” This is a centralized volunteer registration database that will match availability with areas that need help.Lake Superior Zoo: You can contribute to cleanup and rebuilding efforts on the fundraising website givemn.org. Go to lszoo.org for more details.
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