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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia for Joplin volunteers help in city's recovery

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 9:21 p.m. CDT
Russell Logan, 15, a sophomore at Hickman High School, shovels debris from a sidewalk in a Joplin neighborhood destroyed by the May 22 tornado on Saturday. Logan was a volunteer for the Columbia for Joplin event.

Members of the organization Columbia for Joplin traveled to the city and worked outside, cleaning in and around the damaged East Joplin Middle School on Saturday.

Shari Viox points out a damaged building through a bus window as she and other volunteers with Columbia for Joplin travel to their first stop in Joplin. Viox hasn't been to Joplin since the May 22 tornado.
Clean-up supplies sit on the trunk of a car as volunteers take part in orientation after arriving in Joplin for the Columbia for Joplin event. After getting situated, volunteers spread out around the region to work on a variety of projects.
Volunteers from Mission Joplin direct participants from Columbia for Joplin on clean-up operations at Joplin East Middle School. Mission Joplin has been organizing volunteers and donations since immediately after the tornado hit in May.
Danielle Rogaczewski, Jennifer Vogelsmeier, and Shayli Meyer take a break from work to examine the damage at Joplin East Middle School. All three are students in MU’s Physical Therapy program, which has been delivering supplies to the Joplin area since the tornado hit.
Luke Nation, 18, a volunteer with Columbia for Joplin, cleans up debris left in the wake of the May 22 tornado that hit Joplin. Nation volunteered trough the program K-Life that organizes community service trips for its high school and middle school members.
Donated crutches are stacked at Misti’s Mission, a field of tents, boxes and trailers that serve as a sorting ground and distribution center for donated goods. Volunteers from Columbia For Joplin spent Saturday organizing clothes, furniture, children’s toys and household supplies.
Outside the window of what remains of a destroyed kitchen, Shelley Simon, middle, an independent architect from Columbia, rakes debris. Simon volunteered with the group Columbia for Joplin, which worked to clean debris, notify neighborhoods of services available to them and stack supplies at a donation station in areas affected by the tornado.
Shannon Buschjost picks up debris at the entrance to Joplin East Middle School. Buschjost is part of a group of volunteers from Bland Christian Church that participated in Columbia for Joplin.
Volunteers with Columbia for Joplin seek out shade behind a dumpster at Joplin East Middle School. More than 200 volunteers helped with debris removal at the school.

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