Hurricane Sandy Recovery - New York

UCC Disaster Recovery in Rockaway, NY (Queens County) New York City
with New York Cares

Rockaway, NY (Queen's County).  The Rockaway Peninsula, informally known as "The Rockaways," is the name of a peninsula of Long Island, all of which is located with in the New York City borough of Queens.  The Rockaways has been a popular summer resort area since the 1830s and is now a mixture of lower, middle, and upper-income neighborhoods.  The Rockaways was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Contact:  Judy Moore, UCC Disaster Ministries' Registrar
Register On-Line 

Work Needed:  Clean-Up Disaster Recovery Stage #2 - The United Church of Christ is partnering with New York Cares for this opportunity to serve.  New York Cares has coordinated service projects for groups and individuals in New York City since the 1990s.  Current projects include Hurricane Sandy clean-up such as muck-out, mold remediation and donation sorting.  If Hurricane Sandy-related projects are not available, groups may be assigned to non-disaster-related projects with a focus on environmental sustainability or direct social service.  Disaster recovery projects are given priority assignments, but groups at this site CANNOT be guaranteed disaster-related projects.  Other projects aid the on-going wellbeing of the community as a whole.  Volunteers serving through this partnership also will NOT be engaged in home repair/rebuilding.

Time:  April 30, 2013 - October 20, 2013.  Work week is Tuesday through Sunday.  Groups arrive on Monday and depart Sunday evening.

Accommodations:  Housing provided at local UCC Church.  Registrar will arrange housing for your group following your on-line registration.  Groups bring own blankets and/or sleeping bags, towels and food.  Bathrooms, showers, and access to laundry and kitchen facilities and utensils are available.

Cost:  $50 per person per week to the host church providing accommodations to help offset costs of utilities and maintenance.  

Minimum Age:  18 years.

Group Size:  Maximum 15.

Orientation:  Digital Orientation for each individual in group REQUIRED by New York Cares before assignment to project.  Log in information will be provided to group leader by UCC Registrar, Judy Moore.  Digital orientation must be completed at least four weeks before time of service.

Education 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 local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.
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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
Global Sharing Of Resources
Wider Church Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115