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Volunteers help Essex tornado victims

Volunteers from Baylands Federal Credit Union help build a ramp for the handicapped at a tornado-damaged house in Tappahannock.

“Helping families live better lives” is more than a motto to the staff of Baylands Federal Credit Union. On President’s Day, over 30 credit union employees travelled to Tappahannock to assist with the continued reconstruction efforts following last year’s tornado that devastated the area. Many families are still experiencing hardships due to the loss of their homes, and there is still much work to be done.  

Working in tandem with other volunteers and the Virginia United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery Team, the Baylands staff split its time between two properties focusing tasks on external framing, roofing, sheathing, and the construction of a handicap access ramp. 

This act of kindness was a true labor of love to help a community in need, said Baylands CEO Christopher Burgess. “I am proud we had such a great turnout of employees who embodied the credit union spirit of people helping people,” he said. “Our staff was greatly rewarded in being able to serve our community.”   

Anyone interested in volunteering in this relief effort should contact Pastor Shaun Smith with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission at 804-221-7234.  

Baylands Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution with headquarters in West Point. Founded in 1946, it serves the counties of Essex, Gloucester, James City, King William, King and Queen, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent.

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posted 03.15.2017

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