HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - When there's a disaster, there's always people willing to jump in and help right away. But what about weeks later? Sometimes, people in need fall through the cracks. Helping them was the motivation behind the local organization. Keep Volunteering started out of a desire to make sure people stay engaged and remember that the need exists long after a disaster is over.
Painting the walls may seem like a little thing, but it's a big deal for this local non-profit to have its own building. Keep Volunteering started as a much smaller operation back in 2011.
"My husband and I were volunteering in Harvest and we saw that families were dropping through the cracks," says Alice Brown, Keep Volunteering Founder and CEO.
Brown went from handing out bottled water after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes to overseeing a big volunteer operation.
"The volunteer stations were closing down after a couple of weeks and there was still a great need," explains Brown. "Since we were already running things on our social media and taking pictures out there, it kind of fell into place."
The goal is simple: provide help in any way possible to those affected by disasters.
"They just need to keep volunteering and they need to keep coming back, serving and loving on people," says Brown.
Amanda Bishop can vouch for that.
"I actually met Alice during the tornadoes of 2011 and she came out there to help my parents," describes Bishop.
Bishop nominated Alice Brown because of her kind and giving spirit.
"She's really been a blessing and a big inspriation in my life," says Bishop. "Seeing what she does for people, I wanted to give a little bit of that back to her."
Just like Alice Brown was there for Bishop's parents, $319 is right on time.
"Thank you so much," says Brown, tearfully. "
Brown intends to make the Pay it forward money stretch.
"We just acquired a building," explains Brown. "There's a lot that goes along with that. While it was a huge blessing, there's a whole lot that goes along with that and there's fuel to get to and from projects. It's very timely, so we greatly appreciate it."