University of Arkansas Works to Aid in Joplin Relief Effort on Oct. 22

On May 23, 2011, the people of Joplin awoke to find their homes and schools leveled, as well as their community and its residents in shambles. As a result of one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, 8,000 homes and businesses were destroyed, damages totaled more than $1 million and as of Sept. 14, the death toll stood at 162 lives lost. It has been almost five months since the storm and residents continue to clean up what the storm left behind. In need of volunteers, the people of Joplin require help in rebuilding homes, schools and businesses. In an effort to help our neighbors to the north, three University of Arkansas groups are traveling to Joplin on Oct. 22 to aid in the relief effort – the Arkansas Alumni Association, Associated Student Government and the Division of Advancement. This will be the second “Helpin’ Like a Hog” event for the Association. “We sent out a survey about a month ago and received feedback from our alumni, saying that they could use our help,” said Heath Bowman, assistant director of the out-of-state territories. Not only will the Association help the city’s residents, but the “Helpin’ Like a Hog” program will aid university alumni who live in Joplin. Volunteers consisting of alumni, friends and family are encouraged to take part in “Helpin’ Like a Hog.” Those who are 18...

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