Dayton, Oh. — The global humanitarian organization, Operation Blessing International, has deployed its U.S. Disaster Relief Team and a convoy of equipment to the Dayton area to assist with relief efforts following a swarm of deadly tornadoes that swept through earlier this week.Operation Blessing is operating from the Dayton Vineyard Church at 4051 Indian Ripple Rd in Beavercreek. Residents/homeowners whose homes were damaged to come and fill out a work order request for free volunteer help. Operation Blessing expects to begin coordinating day volunteers beginning Friday to help affected residents with tasks including salvaging personal belongings, debris removal, chainsaw work, and installing tarps on damaged roofs.Team leaders from Operation Blessing’s Virginia Beach headquarters arrived in Dayton on Tuesday to assess damages and meet with local emergency management officials in order to determine the areas of greatest need.The convoy of equipment departed from the organization’s Virginia Beach headquarters late yesterday and includes a construction trailer loaded with tools and emergency supplies, a box truck full of relief supplies, and the organization’s mobile command center.Operation Blessing will be accepting volunteers daily starting Friday, May 31. Volunteers should meet at the Operation Blessing base of operations at Dayton Vineyard Church at 4051 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and orientation takes place at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Day volunteers do not need to register in advance. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, dress appropriately for work in the field (long pants and hard-soled shoes or work boots) and also provide their own transportation to and from the work site. For any questions about volunteering, please call: 800-730-2537.RESIDENTS NEEDING HELP:Residents are invited come in person to fill out a work request for FREE volunteer help at Dayton Vineyard Church at 4051 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek daily from 9:30 a.m. to – 4:30 p.m. All residents must fill out a work order form and sign a release form in person, allowing volunteers access to your property. Volunteers will not be able to do work without a form SIGNED BY THE HOMEOWNER. Priority is given based on need (elderly, sick, disabled, etc) and is based on volunteer availability. Volunteer services offered include debris removal and help finding and sorting salvageable belongings. For more information on how to apply for help: 800-730-2537.For updates or for information about volunteering click here. To donate to the relief efforts click here.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThings didn’t start well for John Clay in his secondgame as a Badger. Wisconsin trailed 14-0 when the running back came in for hisfirst carry of the game, but the freshman fumbled the ball and was taken outafter the 2-yard loss. By the time Clay got back into the contest, UW had builta big lead and Clay was ready to help extend it.“Little nervous,” Claysaid about his start. “I always get nervous when I’m out there, and it kind ofshowed when I dropped the ball. After I got that out of my system, I was goodto go.”The running back finished the game with 11 carries for56 yards and a pair of touchdowns.While he finished with a significant number of carries,most of them came when the outcome was no longer in doubt, but that’s fine withClay.“It was no problem; Ijust come in whenever they need me,” Clay said. “I’m here to help the team.”When they did need him,Clay was a force to be reckoned with. He bowled over defenders, not shying awayfrom contact and continued to establish himself as a tough runner.“You can see on some ofthose runs when we gets his shoulders and his knees going, he’s prettyeffective,” head coach Bret Bielema said.After scoring his firsttouchdown last week, Clay’s celebration had been a little too much according toBielema. Against Marshall, it wasn’t a problem.“I just handed the ballto the ref,” Clay said. Beckum sits againTight end Travis Beckumsat out again Saturday. The Badgers’ leading receiver from a season ago has notplayed in either of Wisconsin’s first two games because of a hamstring injury. “[Beckum] tried to go a little bitThursday, but I basically said if he isn’t [going to] practice on Thursday,we’re not going to play him on Saturday,” Bielema said. “He went through areally good workout [Friday] as well as [Saturday], so we should have him full-gofor next week.”Bielema also mentioned linebacker Jonathan Casillashad been close to playing. Fullback Chris Pressley, who sat last week, was ableto return to action against Marshall. Kicking game impressiveWisconsin might have started out a little flat Saturday,but one Badger who was impressive from the beginning was punter Brad Nortman.Nortman’s first punt of the game went 57 yards, and hefinished the game averaging 47.7 yards per punt. “I don’t know what the first punt’s hang time was,but it was amazing,” Bielema said.Philip Welch also looked good in his second game,hitting a 45-yard field goal that Bielema thought might have been a little outof his range.“That was into a prettystiff breeze. I had to be talked into it, give [specialists coach] CharliePartridge kudos.” Bielema said. “I had 41[yards] on my sheet. That was gonna bethe max.”“I thought TaylorMelhalff was confident. Philip, he thinks he could kick a 75-yard field goal ifhe has to,” the coach added.Welch is now 2-2 onfield goals this season.“I think our kickinggame could be a strength,” Bielema said.