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Important information about recovery efforts and applying to help

Thank you for your willingness to volunteer to partner with survivors of Hurricane Sandy in our Annual Conference. The magnitude and geographical expanse of destruction inflicted by Hurricane Sandy on the Bronx, in Brooklyn and Queens, Manhattan, on Staten Island and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island is massive, unprecedented and affects populations and congregations least able to withstand economic hardship.

Choose between a one-day project or serve up to a week

The information below is intended for groups who would like to volunteer for several days, or up to a week. If you or your group would like to volunteer for a one-day project, click here.

How project sites and clients are chosen

The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (NYAC) follows the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) model of helping the most vulnerable. UMCOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.

Affiliated with The United Methodist Church, UMCOR’s vision is to transform and strengthen people and communities by advancing hope and healing through humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects its donors specify. How is that possible? United Methodist churches contribute the funds needed to support administrative functions.

Each NYAC Sandy Recovery site location works with a local Long-Term Recovery Organization and Unmet Needs Table to identify clients. Unmet needs are determined after all insurance settlements, FEMA coverage, personal and other means of support have been exhausted. The NYAC uses an UMCOR case-management system to identify needs and resources to assist people with their long-term recovery needs.

Our goal is to restore, repair and rebuild damaged homes, and lives, by providing case management, construction coordination, volunteer coordination and disaster spiritual care, while restoring hope to local communities. We look forward to, and appreciate, your help as we all partner with survivors in their recovery efforts.

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