North Carolina ~ Hurricane Irene

Manteo, Swan Quarter, Aurora and Vandemere are communities in the Eastern area of North Carolina that are needing volunteers to rebuild and repair homes.

The United Church of Christ is partnering with the United Methodist Church in this recovery.  The North Carolina Methodist Conference is providing volunteer coordination and construction supervision for all projects.

Contact:  Ann Huffman
               United Methodist Conference Call Center
               Garner, NC
               888.440.9167

Work Needed:  Long-Term Disaster recovery from Hurricane Irene flooding in August of 2011.  Projects include home repair and rebuilding.

Time:  Beginning June 2012.  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday.

Accommodations:  Housing provided in area local churches and other facilities.  Local volunteer coordinator will advise location when group is registered; bathrooms, showers and access to kitchen facilities and utensils are available at each location.  Local partner has tools but will advise what is  needed for project and request group to bring tools if they have them.

Cost:  $50.00 per person per week to the host church/facility providing accommodations to help offset costs of utilities and maintenance.  Costs for building materials and tools, and construction supervision provided through local partners and long term recovery committee.  Your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee and partners.

Minimum Age:  16 years.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

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 Relief Volunteers' Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Luthern Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only. Group leaders are responsible for coordinating these sessions.
  • Follow up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your local congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (view sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.
  • UCC Identity:  UCC Disaster Recovery T-shirts available for purchase from United Church of Christ Resources 800.537.3394 or simply click here.  Cost of T-shirt:  $7.00 + shipping and handling.

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org