Greetings from the Pine Bluff Mayor’s Office,
The recovery effort continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We know that our friends in Texas have a long road ahead as they rebuild their communities. Yet, even as the country reels from Hurricane Harvey’s debilitating blow, we are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which is poised to make landfall in Florida soon. While our hearts and prayers go out to the thousands affected, we must also be active. We have some very concerned citizens who are eager to help those in need. Financial donations are the best way to support. Contact The Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or the Red Cross at 870-534-7312 to donate. We will share other information as it becomes available.
The City of Pine Bluff remains on alert awaiting instructions from FEMA. We are poised to assist in the relief efforts wherever our help is required. In the meantime, there are a few families and individuals who have evacuated to our city. If you have an opportunity to meet them, make them feel welcome in our community. Remember “True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” Allow your compassion to create action. Let’s help our neighbors in need.
There is a Day of Service this weekend at Townsend Park as we remove the roof tops from the picnic pavilions in preparation for new roofs. If you are interested in donating a few hours of your Saturday, meet us at the large pavilion at 8:00 am. Bring your equipment (such as hammers, crowbars, shovels, rakes, weed eaters) to use or lend to another volunteer.
Finally, if you haven’t done so, organize or join a team for the 4th Saturday Community Cleanups in your neighborhoods. Let’s keep the momentum going, Make Progress, Not Litter in our city.
Mayor Shirley M. Washington