Restoring Hope Care-A-Van

Media Advisory

For May, 22, 2020


(Jefferson City, MO May 13, 2020)

WHAT: Restoring Hope Care-A-Van

Organized on the day of the Tornado Anniversary that ravaged central Missouri just one year ago, the Cole and Miller County Long-Term Recovery Committee along with community leaders and organizations are coming together to lead a procession called the Restoring Hope Care-A-Van to commemorate tornado response and recovery efforts as well as COVID-19 relief efforts. Approximately 20 vehicles representing health and human service agencies, law enforcement and faith based groups immersed in disaster recovery and COVID-19 response and relief efforts will process from the United Way of Central Missouri and proceed to points within our community that represent organizations and businesses that have played a key role in response, recovery and rebuilding as well as tornado impacted areas.  The Restoring Hope Care-A-Van is an opportunity to show our gratitude for an incredible and caring community, and commemorate and celebrate how far we have come—and to help our community to continue to stay strong and be that face of hope as we continue to support disaster survivors and continue on this COVID-19 journey.
Community members and businesses are encouraged to make posters to display on their lawns and in their windows the day of the tornado anniversary--May 22. Posters can include words of hope, encouragement and gratitude and may use the #RestoringHope hashtag.
It is critical to note the Restoring Hope Care-A-Van is a procession and not a parade. Therefore, in abundance of caution and to abide by social distancing, community members are not encouraged to gather in large groups. Those along the Care-A-Van route may come out in their yards to wave as the procession drives by, and others can view photos and video footage on United Way of Central Missouri’s Facebook page (@unitedwaycemo).
To conclude the event and to symbolize recovery efforts and the rebuilding process, the Care-A-Van will end at 415 E. Ashley Street, one of the four new construction houses that Habitat for Humanity will build as part of their Road to Recovery effort, and where a ceremonial Raising of the Wall will occur following the Care-A-Van.  United Way of Central Missouri will do a Facebook Live video for community members to virtually participate in the event.
“Our goal for this Care-A-Van is to help our community stay strong and be the face of hope as we continue to support disaster survivors and continue on this COVID journey.  And of course we want to say thank you for the support and compassion shown by our community over the past year.  We are so proud of the caring community we live in--but there is still work to be done and we understand disaster survivors are still healing,” says Ann Bax, United Way of Central Missouri President/CPO. “We hope the Restoring Hope Care-A-Van will symbolize how our community has come together and remind us all that together we have come so far. Together, we are stronger.”
WHO: Local community organizations involved in disaster relief efforts and COVID-19 response efforts
WHEN: May 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Jefferson City, MO (Click here to view the route)



About United Way of Central Missouri
With more than 1,100 volunteers, United Way of Central Missouri and its 28 partner agencies touch more than 90,000 lives in our community, helping people live their best possible lives by fighting for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community. We provide services in nine counties in central Missouri; including Camden, Cole, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Phelps, Osage, and southern Callaway; to create community solutions that improve life for our families, friends, and neighbors. Since our inception in 1925, United Way of Central Missouri has partnered with local businesses and organizations to remain a vibrant resource in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Missouri, please visit Stay tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@unitedwaycemo).
Media Contacts:
Ann Bax, President/CPO,
Amber Brondel, Marketing & Events Director,