Matthew Recovery Volusia County Florida

Matthew Recovery Volusia County Florida

Volunteer Opportunity 2017

Daytona Beach Area, Volusia County, Florida

Contact:  Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters (VIND)


Phone: 386-255-5510


The Disaster Event: Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore Volusia County, Florida, on Friday, October 7, 2016, and inflicted tremendous damage.

Dozens of homes were destroyed and hundreds suffered major damage with over $600 million in estimated losses. Volusia County had more insurance claims than any other county in Florida.

The storm surge eroded the coastline, destroying sand dunes and piers. Boats were sunk in the Halifax River and tons of debris littered the beaches and riverbanks. Thousands of trees and limbs were downed in nearly every neighborhood, taking with them power lines and blocking roads and at the same time tearing off roofs, carports, and siding. Volusia County alone had 1.4 million cubic yards of debris.

Following the Hurricane, Volusia County Emergency Management received hundreds of requests from the public for assistance with clearing debris and cutting trees form their property, many were also requests for assistance in removing carpeting and furniture from homes damaged by rain and flooding. The need for volunteers was extensive, but volunteers were unfortunately too few. 

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.  Volunteers are a critical part of the recovery process and volunteers are needed by the hundreds to adequately assist a community after a Hurricane like Matthew.  Make a difference and volunteer!

Click here to read the stories of three Hurricane Matthew survivors who are anxiously awaiting YOUR work team!

FEMA Statistics:

Applications                             17,555

Owners                                   13,756

Renters                                     3,799

Households Over 65                 5,896

SBA FIT Low Income               6,531


List we've been working:

Age 55+, FIT, Homeowners     3,285

Of this:    House/Duplex           1,975  60%

                Mobile Homes          1,160  35%

Project/Focus: Repair/Rebuild homes. Roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

Educational/Advocacy Components:

  • Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers." Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of a local disaster.  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  July 2017 to ????  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

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 14 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.

Time:  Starting in July 1, 2017

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.