How to help in Graves County

Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Volunteer Coordinator Austin Avallone at

Austin Avallone, LTRG Volunteer Coordinator

Austin and his wife Bailee are from Martin, Tn. They have a daughter named Lenora and are expecting a second child in January!

Austin comes on board to tackle one of the most important pieces of our New Lease On Life program for tornado survivors: finding skilled labor volunteers.

The lack of skilled laborers has significantly delayed rebuilding and repair efforts.

We are very excited to have Austin coordinating these efforts with local volunteers and those from across the country!

If you know a skilled laborer that can help, or if you or your group are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Austin at

Jaye Herrick, Volunteer Site Supervisor

Jaye has been a long-term volunteer in Graves County since June. Jaye is originally from Pennsylvania and travels in her RV volunteering where needed with the United Church of Christ.

Jaye has been a great help in coordinating volunteer efforts with our  Vice-President of Construction, Mike Baker and New Lease on Life Construction ManagerJim Burgess.

Jaye and the rest of our volunteer team work together to support our volunteer groups as they help the families in our community recover.


Greg Denk, Disaster Coordinator

Greg Denk is the Disaster Coordinator for the Indiana Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ. Greg has held that position since 2018. The conference office is in Indianapolis, IN, but Greg lives in Greenwood, IN. Greg was the pastor of a UCC church in Indianapolis, IN from 2006 until 2018.

Before that Greg’s 30-year career was in mechanical engineering working throughout southwestern Indiana.

As the Disaster Coordinator for long term recovery, Greg organizes and coordinates volunteer work teams to assist in recovery and seek funding to support the recovery efforts. Greg has been leading work teams in Mayfield since May 2022. The volunteers have come from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.