This has been an exceptionally busy year relative to disasters. Of course, we started the year with a pandemic that continues to invade our lives. Across the nation, we have seen wildfires, flooding, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes. And, there is a big need for volunteers to help with the recovery effort. READ FULL ARTICLE
HURRICANE HENRI REMOTE MISSION OPPORTUNITY
As you may be aware, Hurricane Henri has made its way up the east coast over the past week, leaving a trail of flooding and destruction. As a result, many in Henri's path will need disaster assistance. One way you can help is by volunteering to be a Crisis Cleanup phone volunteer.
Crisis Cleanup has opened a hotline that allows survivors of Hurricane Henri to call and register the damage they sustained and request assistance with addressing it. Phone volunteers are the first line of responders who lend an ear and record their needs. This vital work helps organize information that is provided to relief organizations and disaster teams, allowing them to reach the survivors and meet their needs much quicker.
Phone volunteering is a great COVID-safe way to do meaningful service and training will be provided. If you have a phone and a computer with internet access, you can participate in the important mission opportunity from the comfort of your home.
Contact Doug Hoy, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, if you are interested in serving; call (717) 766-7441, extension 3402, or email - firstname.lastname@example.org and included "Crisis Cleanup" in the subject line.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR. READ FULL ARTICLE