Information Guide for Washington, IL

Heroes Memorial Foundation is working in cooperation with several organizations that are responding to help the victims of the devastating storms on Nov. 17.

Please understand that there are a lot of messages coming through the incident page that we are trying to respond to. We triage the messages to make sure we are responding to priority messages first, please continue to be patient with us. This information will change often, please check back for updates.


-Illinois Disaster Plan
-Monetary Donations
-Christmas Shopping
-Item Drop-off Sites
-Volunteering Opportunities
-Aid Pick-up Sites
-Lost and Found (items and pets)
-Pet Care
-Public Safety
-Garbage/Debris Pickup

-----------Illinois Disaster Plan:

State of Illinois Disaster Recovery Plan

-----------Monetary Donations:

Heroes Memorial Foundation is accepting online donations for first responders, military (active and veterans) and their families.
To help a Hero click here:
We are also reviewing requests for assistance from first responders at:
Request for assistance will be forwarded to personnel on the ground so they can respond to you.

If you are not a first responder but need assistance, please complete this form and we will forward your information to the organizations and agencies that are on the ground responding.

The Washington Rotary Club has a Foundation that is now accepting monetary donations that will stay in Washington to those in need. Checks can be made payable to Washington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 2075 Washington Rd, Washington, IL 61571 or dropped off in person at Deiters Funeral Home.

Washington Chamber of Commerce:
As we reported earlier, our biggest need at the current time is financial assistance for long term relief efforts. Three separate relief funds have been established at Morton Community Bank

1) City of Washington Relief Fund
2) Rotary of Washington Foundation Fund
3) Washington High School Fund

You can give monetarily, via cash or check, at any Morton Community Bank location throughout Central Illinois. Checks can also be mailed to Morton Community Bank at 721 W. Jackson St, Morton, IL 61550. The Washington Rotary Foundation Fund is also accepting credit card donations. Please call the bank at (309) 284-1365 to make a credit card donation to the Rotary Foundation Fund.

Crossroads United Methodist Church is accepting online donations to assist the victims of this disaster at

Donation checks can be made out to Tornado Relief Fund and dropped off (or mailed to) Washington Community Bank at 1895 Washington Road in Washington, IL 61571

Donation checks can be made out to Sunnyland church of the Nazarene, 201 N Summit, Washington 61571 and make sure on memo line, Washington tornado. We are also an official designated collection point.

Team Rubicon is responding to the area with a disaster relief and recovery team. You can donate to their mission at

Reach Out WorldWide is responding to the area with a disaster relief and recover team. You can donate to their mission at

Gleaning for the World is supplying aid from their HQ in Lynchburg, VA. Visit them at

Heroes for the Homeland will be deploying on 11/30 you can visit their site at

The North American Missions Board is a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and is raising money for Tornafo recovery. Visit them at

Team Works by Holzhauer, Inc. (WASHINGTON STRONG T-SHIRTS)
Team Works will have relief shirts available Thursday Morning 11/21. the shirts are $20 each but please know every cent of that money will be going towards rebuilding our beloved town and helping Washington families. We are still arranging the details.
Please email to order.The design will be posted shortly. Please share. Checks or cash only please. Make checks payable to City of Washington Tornado Relief Fund.
Sizes youth small-adult 4XL.

--------------Christmas "Shopping"

Can you please post the following.....

A large truck with a few thousand new and gently-used toys has been delivered to The Hope Chest in Pekin. They will be hosting a 'No-Cost' shopping night on Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th from 6-8pm. You MUST register for a shopping voucher by GOING IN to the store between 9am-6pm on either Monday the 16th or Tuesday the 17th. There are a limited number of vouchers. Please mention you are a tornado victim when registering.

The Hope Chest
1106 Derby Street
Pekin, IL

--------------Item Donations Drop-off Site:

Washington Plaza (Formerly Sunnyland Plaza)
Washington, IL

Sunnyland Church of the Nazarene
201 N. Summit Dr.
Washington, IL
11-4 Monday through Friday and 10-5 on Saturday. Christmas Eve 11-2 and closed Christmas Day.

Hagerty Steel
601 N Main St
East Peoria, IL 61611


AmeriCorps is handling volunteer coordination as of 12:30 p.m., Thursday. Affected homeowners may call 309-698-5001 to register their need for volunteers. Top priority is debris clean up needs. Individual volunteers may call 309-698-5002 to register as a volunteer, and volunteer groups may call 309-698-5003 to register the group.

You can register to volunteer at Samaritan's Purse website

If you are wanting to volunteer, please contact
American Red Cross
Phone: 309-677-7272

-------------DONATED ITEMS PICKUP SITES: If you need anything, here is where you should go.

Faith Church
2354 Hollands Grove Rd.
Washington, IL

Sunnyland Plaza

HUGS Hollands Grove

Sunnyland Church of Nazarene


Illinois Central College - East Peoria Campus - is allowing those affected to access their gymnasium shower free of charge. All interested parties need only to check in at their front desk. Please note they are low on towels and toiletries. If you are able, please bring your own.

--------------------Hair Cuts

Free Christmas Haircuts Sunday December 22 5-8PM at First Baptist Church sponsored by the Hair Cuttery if you have questions contact Pastor Josh 309-339-6410

--------------------Lost & Found ( items and animals):

Facebook groups serve the best when people have lost items, and pets as the group allows people to post directly.
Lost and found Animal group:
Lost Photo and Document group:


The Tazewell County Animal Control picked up 60 animals at the Georgetown Common area in Washington. Animals were either in the building or in the surrounding area. Almost all of the collected animals have been returned to their owners or are accounted for.

If you are still missing an animal, call the Tazewell County Animal Control at 309-477-3370. Animal Control staff will continue to monitor the Georgetown site and area for wandering animals. Thank you to all of the area people who called with concerns for animals! Special thanks to Tazewell County Animal Control.

Washington residents needing emergency supply of cat or dog food can pick some up free of charge at Crossroads United Methodist Church the remainder of this week from 11am to 3pm in the multipurpose room (gym). Please enter through the main (north) entrance.


Is lifted as of today 11.21.13 EXCEPT for the affected zones.

-----------------------Public Safety information:

The BOIL ORDER has been lifted for the City of Washington. **If you do not currently have water service, please be advised that once your service is restored, you will be under a BOIL ORDER at that time until further notice. Info via the cities website here….
Temporary Non-Emergency Phone Lines Have Been Established for the following: City Hall 309-444-1111 and Police Department 309-444-2313. If you have an emergency please dial 911.

Washington Police Department
115 West Jefferson Street
Washington, IL 61571

Washington Fire Department
200 N Wilmor Rd
Washington, IL 61571

Securing your home and property:
If you cannot take everything with you, get a permanent marker and write your name and address on your items. This will at least keep people from being able to sell it and scrap your items.
Property is replaceable, please be cautious while in the debris zone.

-------------------Garbage/Debris Pickup:

Pick up will resume on Thursday. Waste Management will pick up their regular Thursday and Friday route this week. They will attempt the Monday route on Monday, then continue with Monday, Thursday, and Friday routes from here out. Tuesday and Thursday routes will be picked up as access allows. Household garbage may be dropped off at the Park District Old Admin building on Lincoln from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Friday this week.