World Renew helps Bay County in long-term recovery process

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - Fourteen volunteers from five different states and Canada are meeting with Bay County residents at the Community Recovery Center at the Bay County Public Library. Those volunteers are part of World Renew, an organization focusing on long-term recovery efforts, helping to assess the needs of Bay County post-Hurricane Michael.

"That's the tool we are going to use to raise money to hopefully assist with this rebuild efforts because it takes everybody, it takes the government, it takes the nonprofits, it takes individuals, private organizations, and so what will do is go out and look for available funding based on our needs," Executive Director of Doorways of North West Florida, Yvonne Petrasovits said.

The disaster response volunteers are known as "Green Shirts," and volunteers say they want to talk to as many people as possible, no matter how big or small their needs might be.

"It can people something as simple as just a need for somebody to talk to, maybe they need help navigating the FEMA system, maybe they need some medical referrals, all the way up to someone who needs a complete total rebuild of their home and everything in between," World Renew volunteer, Joe Cortez said.

This is part of a long-term recovery plan so needs won't be met immediately, but it's a step in the right direction.

"The more information we can gather, the greater the need that can be shown and can result in getting bay county rebuilt that much faster," Cortez said.

The "Green Shirts" will be here until May 17.

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