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
Pensacola, FL - Flood Recovery: On April 29, 2014 the skies over Pensacola, FL 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 half years’ worth of rain. Approximately 2 feet of rain in a day and a half caused severe flooding that impacted thousands of families, damaged and destroyed homes and left 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, 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, 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 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.
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 left 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 WV. Tasks such as: Logging On-Site Damage assessments, mucking out flooded homes and repair/rehab 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 Virgina VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Schedule your Volunteer efforts through Jenny Gannaway, VOAD President at email@example.com. With any questions, please contact Contact the Ohio Conference Disaster Coordinator, Jim Ditzler at 330-262-3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org