Compassion in Action
Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and 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 homeowners 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
Southwest Virginia Long-Term Recovery: In February and March 2015 severe storms greatly damaged more than 200 homes in Wise, Va., and nearby communities. These homes had significant damage to their roofs. The area did not qualify for individual assistance, but did qualify for SBA loans. However, 60% of the applicants were denied because they did not meet income guidelines. Casework is ongoing and 29 homes have been identified as critical. Work needs to be completed before winter. Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Disaster Ministries Coordinator Karl Jones is working with the Southwest Virginia Long-Term Recovery Group to complete these homes. To help rebuild, contact SW VA LTR volunteer coordinator Leigh Clark, 276-219-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may also be directed to Karl Jones. 570-617-4018 or email@example.com.
Pensacola, Fla., Flood Recovery: On April 29, 2014, the skies over Pensacola, Fla., opened up and unleashed a deluge of rain. The National Weather Service called the event “historic." In a matter of hours the region received the equivalent of approximately a half year's worth of rain. Approximately 2 feet of rain in a day and a half caused severe flooding that impacted thousands of families, damaging and destroying homes and leaving many wondering how to put their lives back together. UCC Disaster Ministries is helping answer that question by providing volunteers, tools and financial support. You can be a part of this ministry of service by volunteering your time and bringing a friend. Registration information here.
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, Colo., which is providing week-long volunteer opportunities for interested groups who will assist in repairing and rebuilding homes in Lyons and Longmont, Colo., 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, Volunteer Manager & Hospitality Center Coordinator for St. Vrain Habitat, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, New Jersey: What is unofficially knows as "Superstorm Sandy" in October 2012 affected 24 states in the United States. 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.
West Virginia Flood Recovery: In March and April of 2015, sweeping storms careened through Southwest West Virginia, causing severe damage to more than 800 homes, and leaving 200 bridges damaged or destroyed. This in turn has left the affected citizens without proper access to shelter and other needs. At this time, the possibility of disaster funding from FEMA is still in question, which complicates the issue of recovery. Right now, help is needed in West Virginia. Tasks such as: logging on-site damage assessments, mucking out flooded homes and repairing/rehabbing of damaged homes. UCC Disaster Ministries Long-Term Volunteer Betzi Yungclas is currently providing construction management and job-site supervision. All recovery efforts are being directed through West Virginia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Schedule your volunteer efforts through Jenny Gannaway, VOAD President, at email@example.com. With any questions, please contact the Ohio Conference Disaster Coordinator, Jim Ditzler at 330-262-3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.