ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) continues to coordinate efforts with Catholic Social Services (CSS) Birmingham to provide relief for those impacted by the January 23rd tornadoes, which destroyed hundreds of homes throughout Jefferson County, Alabama.
"The damages are severe—with areas of destruction spanning up to a mile wide," says Katie Oldaker, Director of Disaster Response for CCUSA. "Though we have mobilized local volunteers and resources, the communities are also in need of monetary donations."
CCUSA is working closely with CSS Birmingham to provide food, first aid , and sanitation services to storm victims, while simultaneously assisting with tree and debris removal.
Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing.