Disaster

Colorado
Volunteers are still needed in Northern Colorado to assist those impacted by the floods from September 2013 in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties. For those interested in volunteering in reconstruction or other congregational/group projects, please contact Phyllis Kane, Case Management Coordinator, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain, at 970-646-8794 or Nolan Oberg, Volunteer Coordinator at 970-342-0654.

Louisiana
Volunteers are needed in Louisiana to support continued rebuilding efforts for those impacted by Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012).  Please contact Jessica Vermilyea with Upbring Disaster Response at 504-376-9121 or by email at jessica.vermilyea@upbring.org for available opportunities.

Missouri
July 2015 Jefferson County flood
Requesting groups with construction experience (a 3:1 ratio of unskilled to skilled volunteers is preferred) to assist with repairs stemming from the July 2015 flood in Jefferson County (about 30 miles south of St. Louis).

December 2015 flood – 33 counties affected; greatest impact in the St. Louis region

The muck out/debris removal phase is winding down but there is still a small need for clean-up/emergency repair teams. As the recovery effort progresses, there will also be significant need for repair/rebuild volunteers. The Disaster Case Management process is ramping up, and it is anticipated that rebuild volunteer teams will be needed in mid-late spring 2016.

Please contact Ben Perrin and Duane Moudy for additional information.

New Jersey
Volunteers are urgently needed as we continue to rebuild thousands of homes in New Jersey after Super Storm Sandy hit in 2012. Housing and work assignments are arranged through Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey. Please contact Amy Pennenga by phone at 609-699-4137 or visit their website to book a trip. 

New York
Metropolitan New York
Volunteers are needed in New York City and Long Island for Hurricane Sandy recovery and to clean up after flooding in Long Island. Most organizations seek "skilled" volunteers, but unskilled volunteers are also welcome. The contacts below can also connect you or your group with housing while in New York.

For Hurricane Sandy recovery opportunities in New York City, please contact Alana Tornello, Director of the Volunteer Group Housing Program for New York Disaster Interfaith Services at atornello@nydis.org. Presbyterian Hope in Action also has a program that will reimburse out of town groups for travel costs to and from New York City. Ask Alana Tornello for details. 

For Hurricane Sandy recovery opportunities as well as other volunteer opportunities on Long Island, please contact Simone Leo at the Long Island Volunteer Center at disastervolunteer@longislandvolunteercenter.org

Texas
Volunteers are needed to assist with rebuilding efforts for the 2015 flooding events which occurred in Central Texas.  For more information on volunteering, please visit the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team’s (BR3T) Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BR3Volunteers/ or email Traci Maxwell at br3tvolunteers@gmail.com. Additional inquiries can be directed to Jessica Vermilyea with Upbring Disaster Response at 504-376-9121 or by email at jessica.vermilyea@upbring.org

Camp Noah – A special ministry for children affected by community trauma/disaster
Camp Noah is a resiliency and preparedness program for children in communities impacted by disaster. Teams travel to sites all over the US. Groups or individuals may register for this week-long mission trip. For more information contact Rebecca Lewis at Rebecca.lewis@lssmn.org or 800-987-0061

Volunteer/Team Leader needs as of 3.3.2016 – camps are added on a regular basis

  • Minneapolis, MN          March 27th – April 1st
  • Chicago, IL                  April 17th – 22nd
  • Oklahoma City, OK      June 12th – 17th
  • Middletown, CA*         June 12th – 17th
  • San Marcos, TX           June 19th – 24th
  • Tulsa, OK                    June 19th – 24th
  • Martindale, TX*          June 26th – July 1st
  • Columbia, SC*            July 10th – 15th
  • Wimberly, TX*            July 10th – 15th
  • Cherry Creek, SD         July 10th – 15th
  • St. Cloud, MN              July 16th – 21st
  • Delmont, SD               July 17th – 22nd
  • Bastrop, TX*               July 24th – 29th
  • Garland, TX*               July 24th – 29th
  • Dewitt, NE                  July 24th – 29th
  • St. Paul, MN                August 7th – 12th