Adopt a Bridge and Help a Family in WV

Updated 4 years ago Edited from a Press Release
Adopt a Bridge and Help a Family in WV

Charleston, WV, Tuesday January, 26 2016 – “This is the best Christmas gift I have ever received. I’m going to put a red ribbon on it”, exclaimed Ruth Plumley when she first set eyes on her completed bridge. Ruth and Josh Plumley lost their bridge to floodwaters in March 2015 and were the pilot bridge for the WV VOAD Bridge Project. WV VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) established the WV VOAD Bridge Project to help resiliently rebuild private bridges damaged or destroyed by 2015 flooding and we can use your help! Adopt a bridge and help families in WV who have lost safe access to their homes.


The WV VOAD Bridge Project is the first of its kind nationally. Other states are now looking to WV for guidance on how they themselves can take on private bridge repair after disaster.

WV VOAD is collaborating with disaster response agencies, state and local officials, Federal agencies and businesses to efficiently coordinate volunteers, equipment and building materials to help families who are currently risking their safety to cross dangerous waterways in order to reach their homes. The intent behind the WV VOAD Bridge Project is to provide families with safe and sustainable private water crossings that will be resilient to future flooding. Two bridges, designed by Johann Zimmerman with JZ Engineering, were completed in December by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers led by MDS Project Manager, Peter Thiessen, and construction for three more bridges began on Monday, January 11. MDS funded the construction of these bridges along with donations and discounts from local partners.



 WV VOAD invites you to join this partnership and help fund these significant projects in your community. With your support, WV VOAD can continue to coordinate access to needed resources through its network of disaster relief agencies and resiliently rebuild bridges with minimal or no cost to the affected families. The WV VOAD Adopt-A-Bridge Program enables individuals, businesses and organizations to sponsor or co-sponsor a bridge. Sponsors will be invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and have their names displayed on a sign in front of the finished bridge. All donations big and small can help resiliently bridge the gap. Learn more about the WV VOAD Bridge Project and the Adopt-A-Bridge program at



West Virginia VOAD is a humanitarian association of independent organizations that may be active in all phases of disaster. Its mission is to identify unmet needs and facilitate efficient streamlined service delivery to those imperiled or impacted by disaster while eliminating duplication of effort through cooperation, coordination, communication, collaboration in the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery and mitigation. West Virginia is a state chapter of the National VOAD.



To Donate to WV VOAD, Please Write Checks To:

WV VOAD Disaster Relief Fund/ Bridge Project

815 Alderson St.

Williamson, WV 25661

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