The Dexter Clean-Up Posse is a volunteer based group that has been helping Dexter residents get their yards/houses cleaned up from the tornado. They have provided many services to families such as tree and brush removal, packing personal belongings and taking them to their temporary housing, etc. Working with “The Dexter Chainsaw Posse,” a group of chainsaw artists who tackle the job of cutting up the large trees and branches, the Dexter Clean-Up Posse comes in to stack up the wood, haul the brush piles to the curb and make the properties look nicer.
Sue Keen is the Chief coordinator responsible for connecting the Dexter homeowners in need with the volunteers who are ready to clean up their property.
Keen said, “Dexter Clean-Up Posse was established officially on Facebook since March 20th, but my family and I were on the phone calling people to come in to help since the day after the tornado struck.” Because Keen lives on Dexter Pinckney Road, she was able to get volunteers up to the residences in need who live on that road and within the subdivisions just off it as well.
“That was extremely helpful since our road was closed for almost 3 weeks following the tornado.” Keen said. “I was very upset to learn that insurance companies do not cover any bills related to cleaning up the felled trees, unless the tree damaged the house, garage or other structure on the property. Therefore, leaving many people to clean up their yards at their own expense.”
Keen said that her favorite part about working with the Dexter Clean-up Posse is meeting all the volunteers and establishing new relationships with Dexter families.
“I am very blessed to work for a company (Newton Consulting, Inc) that will allow me to spend 1/2 my normal work week organizing and preparing for the weekend full of Dexter Clean-up Posse volunteering,” she said, “It has been a huge heart warming experience for me.”