Young professionals helping out in East Bernstadt

It's a group full of young professionals with busy lives taking the time to give back to their communities affected by the March 2 tornado outbreak.

Today, YPEK, Young Professionals of East Kentucky, teamed up with other volunteers in both West Liberty and East Bernstadt.

Connect, grow, lead and now help is what these young professionals strive to do momentarily quitting their day jobs to work for a greater cause.

"We had a different service project that we had planned to do today. Then when the tornados hit in the first of March, we thought let's table that idea and go out and help," said Rebecca Webster, a founding member of YPEK.

And it's only the beginning for these pros who say they can use today's experiences to prepare for a greater tomorrow.

"Young professionals have the skill sets to help be a great liaison and work closer with other organizations like FEMA and other disaster responses on the ground to help the local community and the citizens here to be able to properly move forward," said Kevin Smith, the founder of YPEK.

The dirt and manual labor are not things they are use to, but an all hands on deck approach, while partnering with others, gets the job done faster in an area, like East Bernstadt, still struggling three weeks later.

"We've got lots of energy and we can help our thriving communities impact much greater by utilizing these energies that we have," said Smith.

If you would like to join YPEK, contact the organization's founder, Kevin Smith, at (606) 813-4266.


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