Disaster volunteers urgently needed for South Carolina

PRO_9474Attention potential volunteers! South Carolina homeowners still struggling to recover from last fall’s devastating storms and floods need your help. Week-long work teams are being recruited now, especially and urgently for September and October.

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and its partners in the ecumenical Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) had planned to wrap up their work in South Carolina in August, but are extending it at least through October given flood survivors’ yet unmet needs.

“We still have several survivors who can’t afford hiring a contractor to repair their homes and are patiently waiting for help,” said UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth. “All we need to get these families back into a safe sanitary and secure home is volunteers with a heart to serve.”

Work teams are housed at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in West Columbia, S.C., and typically arrive on a Sunday afternoon, work Monday through Friday and depart Saturday morning. Teams help rebuild homes damaged by flooding. Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheetrock, flooring, painting, roofing, insulation and finish molding.

The DRSI is a joint on-the-ground program of the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries in partnership with the disaster ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Church of the Brethren. In South Carolina, major funders include the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s One SC Flood Relief Grant and the United Ways of the Midlands.

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