Volunteers asked to delay weekend work

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TUPELO – With debris piled high in tornado-affected areas and storms in the forecast this weekend, the United Way is asking volunteers to hit the pause button.

United Way is encouraging volunteers who were planning to come help with cleanup efforts this weekend to delay for a few more days to allow debris to be removed, making homes accessible for further work. Storms forecast for Friday and Saturday also hinder the ability to work outdoors safely.

Homeowners still can contact United Way to request volunteers for specific projects on their properties by calling (662) 841-9133. United Way expects to continue these efforts to match volunteers with needs over the next few weeks, said Robin Matkin, United Way communications associate.

The volunteer reception center at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. It will be open for limited hours Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. and closed on Sunday.

On Monday, the reception center will move to All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street in Tupelo, where it will operate over the next several weeks.

Volunteers are asked to continue logging their hours. Forms are available through the reception center and at unitedwaynems.org.