Volunteer Opportunity 2018
Daytona Beach Area, Volusia County, Florida
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia Interfaith Agencies Networking in Disasters (VIND)
The Disaster Event: Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017 with record-force winds and storm surges. The storm then continued north to Georgia and South Carolina. Millions of people in Florida evacuated or moved to approved shelters before the storm hit. The storm caused extensive damage. Hurricane Matthew hit the same areas in October 2016. Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore Volusia County, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2016, and inflicted tremendous damage. Dozens of homes were destroyed and hundreds suffered major damage, with more than $600 million in estimated losses.
Project/Focus: Repair/Rebuild homes. Roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.
Time: Began July 2017 Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning. Work: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Accommodations: Housing for groups provided at local churches in the county; this is arranged through VIND. Beds and/or cots and kitchen access provided. Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals. (Some meals may be provided by local churches.) Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church buildings. FMI, visit www.unioncongochurch.com.
Cost: $12/day/person. Less for groups over 12. Costs for case management, building materials, tools, and construction supervision provided through the local long-term recovery committee. Your donations to UCC One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.
Minimum Age 16 years
Group Size: 24 Maximum
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4 Each group should include a ratio of at least 1 adult to every 4 youths. Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials through VIND, who will provide construction and volunteer scheduling, coordination and housing arrangements in Volusia County.
Tools: Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.) No special tools will be required. Specific questions can be directed to VIND Volunteer Coordinators upon registration. 4 UCC Tool trailers are in service and 1 from VIND.