Monday, May 3, 2010

Service de Mayo: historic flood prompts calls for volunteers the week of May 5

Fabian Bedne, Conexion Americas, Marcela Gomez, and the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have circulated the following information and calls for volunteers, along with changes of plans for Cinco de Mayo events.

From Fabian Bedne:
  • Hands On Nashville needs bilingual volunteers to help in South Nash where many immigrants and refugees live. Sign up at
  • By now you have heard that at the request of the Mayor and Vice-Mayor water conservation is important in the wake of the weekend's floods. Please use water only for cooking and drinking for the next couple of days to ensure that our safe water supply is not depleted. The public water supply provided by Metro Water Services continues to be safe. If customers lose water pressure or encounter discolored water, they are asked to contact Metro Water Services at (615) 860-4600.
  • If you would like to make a financial contribution to help fellow Nashvillians in need, this can be done through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at All proceeds benefit Middle Tennessee flood victims.
  • Elections have been postponed for two weeks, we'll send updated information as it arises.
From Conexion Americas and and also Marcela Gomez:
Bilingual Volunteers Needed to Help with Flood Relief
Click here to volunteer!
South Nashville, home to many immigrants, has been greatly affected by the flood. WE NEED BILINGUAL VOLUNTEERS to help out at upcoming disaster relief center. Location to be determined by Metro and FEMA later today, but please go ahead and sign up at Hands on Nashville's website TODAY.
Please indicate what other languages you speak. We especially encourage those who speak SPANISH, ARABIC and KURDISH to sign up.
Click here to sign up as a volunteer to help with the flood relief efforts. Please note on the registration form that you are bilingual.
From Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
Due to the gravity of the situation in our city, the TNHCC is postponing the Cinco de Mayo lunch, scheduled for May 5th. We are concerned about our members and friends.
We will send out information from the Red Cross and Hands on Nashville to let our members and friends know how to help people in need.
We will re-schedule our Networking Lunch and inform everyone as soon as possible.
Thank you for understanding.
Tera Vazquez
TNHCC Board President

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