In November of 2011, Rebuild Joplin hosted the “Joplin’s Project ‘Thank You’”. The goal of the entire project is to sign 86,000 postcards to mail to volunteers who came to town after the storm.
"After the tornado," according to Rebuild Joplin, "people from all over the world came to Joplin to help with rescue and recovery. To date, more than 86,000 registered volunteers have lent our community their time, talent and heart. The people of Joplin are very thankful and it’s important that we let these volunteers know how we feel. A ‘thank you’ does more than express our appreciation for the volunteer, it helps us heal. Saying ‘thank you’ is also important because it further demonstrates to the world our community is filled with hard working, appreciative citizens with a 'Can Do' attitude. An official, community-wide Thank You campaign will bring people together, show appreciation and strengthen our community pride. Below you’ll see a timeline of events, partners, and cost breakdown."
Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to get involved with the project. Many offices and organizations across campus committed to signing a quantity of cards. The Resource Development Center (RDC) hosted two Postcard Signing Booths in the Lions’ Den in Billingsly Student Center. Faculty asked students sign cards in their classes; RSOs signed cards during their meetings.
From the very beginning of the project, University President Bruce Speck said, “The Missouri Southern family is happy to help send messages of appreciation to the many volunteers who came to our community's aid in a most difficult time. This project helps us continue to heal and move forward from this devastating event.”
Missouri Southern met the 4300 card commitment.