(Wall with Housing at Camp Evans)
Contact: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
"Superstorm Sandy" of 2012 affected 24 U.S. states. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second costliest in U.S. history. Volunteers are still needed in 2017 as many people remain displaced. There were over 72,000 homes affected in New Jersey and many of these residents are still not recovered. UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response to continue the work in NJ at two sites.
Work Needed/Type of Work: Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheet-rock, flooring, painting and finish molding. Sometimes, based upon the volunteers skills, other job needs can be accomplished.
Site Management: Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with local recovery agencies. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response.
Required: Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms.
- 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.
Time: Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning; work Monday-Friday.
Minimum Age: 16 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:3
Maximum Group Size: 60
Accommodations: Camp Evans in Wall, NJ is a "brand new" 144 bed facility built after Sandy. The facility has 3 large bunk rooms (separated by gender), bathrooms, 2 TV areas, WiFi, a game room, computer room, cafeteria room, kitchen trailer, and 2 showers trailers each with a washer and a dryer. The building is located within a gated facility that has plenty of parking and outdoor space.
Meals: Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare their own meals.
Tools: Limited tools are available on site but groups should plan to bring their own tools when possible.
Cost: $20/person per night (includes access to all Camp Evans amenities.