Breaking News from Disaster Relief
New York Disaster Relief has recently received gifts totaling more than $100,000.00 from sources outside of the conference. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has granted a total of $70,000. Other donations include $25,000. from Goodwill Industries through the Mississippi Conference and a donation from the Indiana Conference.
Time, talent and generous hearts have brought more than 525 volunteers to our relief sites. Volunteers include not only members from our own churches and local community groups, but also volunteer teams from 15 conferences: California, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Long Island East churches have donated funds to support the purchase of a new trailer that will become the equipment base of operations at the Freeport Disaster Recovery Site. Additional donations are needed to outfit the trailer with storage racks and supply with the required tools. To purchase and fully outfit a trailer costs between $8000-$10000. Donations can be sent to the Long Island East District Office.
Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan, Director of Communications from the Iowa Conference will be traveling to our sites next week, visiting Far Rockaway, Freeport, Massapequa, Rockville Centre and Staten Island. He will be videotaping to report to the Iowa Conference and the United Methodist News Service.
Volunteers are still urgently needed. Remember that we are still in the Relief Phase of work. Tasks include: putting up tarps, cleaning and mucking out, cleaning and packing items that are to be saved, demo work, and mold remediation – which is the primary task for the next two weeks.
Flood buckets are also urgently needed. Click here>> to learn how to assemble a flood bucket. For delivery of flood buckets, please contact the district coordinators. Click here>>
Remember that we are a presence among home owners not only for the task at hand – but most significantly for loving support at a time of extreme distress. Stories about volunteer experience rarely speak of the task, but of the relationships made.
The NYAC Disaster contact number is 914.615.2233. You will hear recorded options:
Request to volunteer, select option 1
Request for assistance at your home, select option 2
To contact Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, Disaster Relief Coordinator, select option 3.