Volunteers plan to help Irene victims in Pamlico County

Eight Days of Hope, a nonprofit charitable organization based in Mississippi and dedicated to helping people rebuild their homes and lives in the wake of a natural disaster, expects to send volunteers to Pamlico County May 26-June 2. The group will help victims of Hurricane Irene, which devastated the region last August. Eight Days president Stephen Tybor III said, "The thousands of people who are still living in despair after this terrible storm do not make the nightly news. Eight Days of Hope's goal is to bring hope to those who are still waiting and to help them rebuild their homes."

Since 2005, the Christian, faith-based organization has sent more than 9,500 volunteers to help rebuild or remodel 1,127 homes in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa and Alabama on eight different relief trips.

"We rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations to help support the efforts of our volunteers," Tybor said. "We provide assistance to the uninsured and the underinsured and appreciate those who lay the financial foundation for this work."

To date, more than $12 million of work has been completed by Eight Days of Hope. Tybor expects 1,500 volunteers will travel to North Carolina, mostly electricians, carpenters, licensed contractors and tradesmen.

For more information, visit the web site www.eightdaysofhope.com.

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