Volunteer in Disaster Recovery – Isaias Recovery in Philadelphia, Pa.

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with Southeast PA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SEPA VOAD) and Eastwick United to recruit volunteers to repair and rebuild homes in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Brian Baer, Construction Coordinator, and Carolyn Moseley, Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable Co-Chair, assess the damage

On August 4, 2020, during the pandemic, Tropical Storm Isaias dumped seven inches of rain on parts of eastern Pennsylvania. Wind damage and tornadoes left hundreds of thousands without power and widespread severe flooding led to injuries as well as one storm-related fatality. COVID-19 concerns have left significant unmet needs in the impacted areas and especially in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia, which has the highest concentration of damage to both structures and mechanical systems.

We anticipate receiving our first teams in early May 2021.  Along with following strict COVID-19 guidelines on the worksites, the pandemic has also made it impossible for us to offer housing to volunteers. We are encouraging volunteers to commute from a radius of approximately 60 miles or to make their own housing arrangements in the area.

Disaster Event:  Tropical Storm Isaias, Eastern PA

Project Focus:  Repair and Rebuild; install heating systems and hot water heaters if licensed

Contact:  Judy Moore, Volunteer Coordinator 802-299-8290; isaiasrecoveryvolunteers@gmail.com

Group Size:  2 to 5 team members. Individual inquiries are welcome!

Group Leadership:  Skilled team leader and semi-skilled assistant

Minimum Age:  18

Accommodations:  None (due to COVID-19)

Cost:  Housing (if teams are not commuting), transportation, food

Tools:  Please bring general carpentry tools and a substantial first aid kit

Other Information: Once contact is made with our Volunteer Coordinator you will be provided with all the necessary information including release forms, skill sheets for your group, contact information, arrival information. etc. 

Educational/Advocacy Components:

  • Final Leaders’ Guide Tropical Storm Isaias Recovery
  • “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 (see https://www.uccfiles.com/pdf/A-Disaster-Preparedness-Manual-for-Churches.pdf ). Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Categories: Disaster Updates

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