Disaster Recovery Volunteers

Compassion in Action

Your service will not only assist in the physical acts of helping people rebuild their homes, but is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside people as they seek to rebuild their lives.  Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world.  The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help home owners in the long-term recovery process. See more UCC disaster response and recovery actions.

Opportunities to serve and registration will be posted on this page as they are available.

 Disaster Sites Ready for Volunteers

Baxter Springs, KS Tornado Recovery: The small town of Baxter Springs, KS was devastated by a tornado in the spring of 2014. In total over 200 buildings in this tight community were damaged. As local residents work to help fellow neighbors return home a significant need remains as multiple homes are in need of various repairs. UCC Disaster Ministries is uniquely positioned to support this small community due to the work of the ministry in Joplin, MO over the past several years. Volunteer housing is in place at the South Joplin Christian Church located approximately 20 minutes from Baxter Springs and UCC Disaster Ministries is appealing for volunteers skilled in construction trades to serve for several days, a week or longer.
Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to share the love of Christ.
Individuals and/or groups interested in serving should contact Matt Fehse (UCC Disaster Ministries Long-term Volunteer) for availability, details and scheduling.
Cost: $50/person/week payable upon arrival to South Joplin Christian Church
Matt Fehse: 530-953-7151 mfehse89@gmail.com 

Colorado Flood Recovery:In the wake of severe flooding reconstruction efforts in Colorado are underway. UCC Disaster Ministries has teamed up with the St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity in Longmont, Colorado who is providing a week-long volunteer opportunities for interested groups who will assist in repairing and rebuilding homes in Lyons and Longmont, CO, for people affected by the flood. Currently St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity can accommodate up to 30 people and the minimum age is 16. Cost is $20 per person/night and includes breakfast. St. Vrain Habitat will be managing all logistics including lodging, project management and tools. Interested groups will need to fill out the forms below and must be in contact with Nicole Stanek, to Volunteer Manager & Hospitality Center Coordinator for St. Vrain Habitat at nstanek@stvrainhfh.org.
Hospitality Center Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Final Waiver
Oklahoma Tornado Recovery: In May 2013, a series of tornadoes caused catastrophic damage in central Oklahoma, including Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. According to many reports the storm impacted just under 4,000 homes, business and non-residential buildings in communities from across the socioeconomic spectrum were impacted in many ways, and will need ongoing support in terms of long term recovery.  Volunteer opportunities for groups assisting in long-term recovery and rebuilding now are available.  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/United Church of Christ Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma.  Register here.
Northwest Florida (Walton):  Tropical Storm Andrea came ashore in Northwest Florida on July 2, 2013, it brought heavy winds and rain causing flooding through three counties.  150 homes have been identified in these three counties, as needing assistance with repairs.  FEMA is not providing any individual assistance to disaster survivors, therefore all of the recovery efforts are handled by faith-based organizations.  Registration information here.


Hurricane Sandy Recovery NJ: (unofficially knows as "Superstorm Sandy") in October 2012, affected 24 states in the U.S.  It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second-costliest in U.S. history.  The Long-Term rebuilding and recovery process continues.  Atlantic County Revive is the Long-Term Recovery Group assembled in Atlantic County to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery process in helping these communities move forward.  Register your group here.

Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Hurricane Sandy 29 October 2012 ... People in 17 states were impacted. It was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. When it hit the Northeastern United States, it was a Category 2 storm and the largest Atlantic Hurricane on record (as measured by diameter with winds spanning 1,100 miles). Recovery in Atlantic City, New Jersey ... Behind the Boardwalk ... Opportunities now available for disaster recovery mission groups to accompany the recovery.  Registration information here.  Check the UCC Disaster Alerts webpage for updates.  Read more.

   
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CONTACT INFO

Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Ms. Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3810
dickend@ucc.org