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April 23, 2001, New York City -- Church-based volunteers throughout the Midwest floods region continue to assist in local community disaster-response efforts, such as dike construction, and it appears likely that, throughout the region, there will be new interfaith groups formed in communities affected by spring floods. But the impact on the most vulnerable residents of the communities at risk is not yet clear.

Church World Service volunteer disaster consultants continue to monitor the situation. These include CWS Regional Facilitator Ellis Wykstra, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC); Regional Facilitators Bob and Cheri Baer, United Methodist Church; and Perri Graham, CWS Disaster Resource Consultant in Minnesota, Episcopal Church, and regional director of the CWS Minneapolis office. Graham has been in contact with representatives of other voluntary organizations in region to assess the situation.

Persons wishing to contribute to CWS humanitarian assistance among persons affected by the U.S. Midwest flooding may do so c/o:

Church World Service, 28606 Phillips St., P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. For more information/credit card donations: 1-800-297-1516

Church World Service is the service and witness ministry of the National Council of Churches, with programs of emergency response, development and refugee assistance in more than 80 countries including the United States.


* Perri Graham: Phone: (612) 872-7332; Mobile: (612) 669-0314; Email:

* Ellis Wykstra: Phone: (616) 246-0738; Mobile: (616) 485-4123; Email:

* Bob and Cheri Baer: Phone (785) 632-2377; Email:

* Linda Reed Brown (Interim Associate Director of Domestic Response): Phone: (917) 331-8717; Email:


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