• Chamber supports sandbag efforts

  • Moorhead, Minn. (March 25, 2019) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce announces its support to our local cities and counties seeking assistance with sandbag efforts to protect our community.  

    As yet another spring flood bears down on our region, The Chamber is working with the cities of both Fargo and Moorhead, as well as Cass County, to recruit volunteers to donate their time to help fill sandbags. The assistance of community members is imperative so that we can avoid mandatory shut downs of businesses and evacuations. 

    The Chamber is urging its members and their employees to join forces and get involved. We ask that employers allow their employees time off, without PTO, to volunteer with these efforts. 

    “Advocating for flood protection has been our number 1 priority for nearly a decade,” said Craig Whitney, president/CEO of The Chamber. “Aside from helping recruit groups of volunteers from the business community and our members, we have a seat at the table in public flood meetings, a working group of city and community leaders, to stay abreast of developments and plans regarding this year’s flood. We will not rest until we know our cities are safe. We do not want to see another close catastrophe as we did 10 years ago.” 

    For those that can help, following is the information we’ve received about how to get involved. 

    Fargo volunteer information
    A Fargo flood volunteer website allows the public to see where assistance is needed and can be used both by individuals and groups in deciding when to volunteer. During operating hours, 200 volunteers are needed at all times. Students are assisting in the mornings, and help from the business community is requested in the afternoons.

    Goal: 1 million sandbags 
    Sandbag central address: 2301 8th Avenue North, Fargo 
    Time slots: 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. on March 26-29 and April 1-6 
    To sign up: Email jyourczek@fmwfchamber.com or call the sandbag volunteer hotline at 701.476.4000.

    Moorhead volunteer information
    The city of Moorhead has informed us that volunteer information will be available soon. When available, updates can be found on their website. 

    Goal: 150,000 sandbags

    Cass County volunteer information 
    The only sandbag operation supporting rural Cass County residents, they’re encouraging businesses, civic organizations, rural subdivisions and other groups to support this operation. Volunteers are needed both weekdays and weekends. 

    Goal: 300,000 sandbags
    When: Between Wednesday, March 27 and Friday, April 5. Weekday shifts run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 30, volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 31 from noon to 7 p.m.
    Location: Cass County Highway Shop, 1201 Main Avenue West, West Fargo
    Volunteers needed: 55-60 people per shift to maximize productivity
    To sign up: Contact Chip Ammerman at (701) 239-6700. For general Cass County flood-related information, contact Robert Wilson at (701) 241-5770.

    About The Chamber 
    The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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