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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943


UCM Reaching Out to Joplin Area Residents

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 23, 2011) – University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose is encouraging members of the campus community to find ways to help individuals who were affected by a tornado which ripped through Joplin, a city of more than 50,000 people, on Sunday, May 22.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the devastating tornado that significantly impacted residents and visitors in Joplin, Missouri. We are reaching out to our students and alumni from in and around the area to seek ways in which UCM can provide assistance and support,” Ambrose said in a campus memo urging UCM support.

UCM is seeking much-needed items for Joplin area residents who were victims of the tornado. Ambrose has designated the second floor of the Administration Building as a collection point for these goods to be delivered to Joplin Friday, May 27. From noon Tuesday, May 24, through noon Thursday, May 26, the Hendricks Hall foyer on the second floor of the Administration Building will serve as the collection point. A box truck will be available in the Administration Building visitors parking lot from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to pick up any additional items.

Non-perishable goods needed include:

  • ready-to-eat food
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • soap
  • face towels
  • deodorant
  • batteries
  • plastic trash bags
  • laundry detergent
  • diapers
  • baby formula
  • food for infants and toddlers

Individuals who have questions are urged to contact Kristie Brinkley, UCM volunteer services coordinator, at 660-543-4007.    

Rich Morrell, vice president for student affairs, said another way the university plans to help is to offer temporary housing for UCM students from Joplin and their families who are displaced as the result of the tornado. Individuals who would like more information should call the housing office at 660-543-4515.

Ambrose shared some important contact information that has been provided by the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency, which is working with state and local agencies to deploy available resources to Joplin. The following includes some helpful web sites and telephone numbers:

  • Missourians interested in volunteering to assist should call 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1. Those with medical skills interested in volunteering should go to
  • Missourians wishing to make donations to help with the relief effort can go to or call 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1.
  • A web site has been established so that residents of the Joplin area can notify friends and family that  they are safe. Individuals who would like to check on their loved ones in the affected area can visit
  • Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 2-1-1. The United Way’s 2-1-1 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 2-1-1 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.