SED Disaster Response
updated February 2017More than 100,000 buildings in North Carolina were flooded and severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew last October. Many thousands of homeowners are still unable to return to their homes. Others are beginning the rebuilding process. Relief organizations are estimating that the recovery efforts in North Carolina will take at least 4-5 years.
There is a tremendous amount of work to be done right now, and volunteer teams are urgently needed. Although there is not a strong Lutheran presence in many parts of the affected disaster area, we are finding many opportunities to engage in spiritual conversations and to let the light of Christ shine as we work with the victims of this disaster. Pastor Eric Hollar is coordinating Lutheran relief efforts in North Carolina, on behalf of the Southeastern District.
Volunteer teams need to be flexible in the work they are willing and able to do, as job priorities continue to change. Chainsaw and debris cleanup is still going on. Additionally, the rebuilding of homes involves roof repair, insulation, electric, plumbing, drywall, painting, flooring, and other finishing work. Volunteers are helping with food preparation and distribution, as well.
· To register as a volunteer, or for further information, please contact Hope Lutheran Church, Wake Forest (919-554-8109; email@example.com).
- Free housing for volunteers is available (through May, and after September) at Camp Rockfish, Parkton, NC. Breakfast and dinner meals are available at a very low cost, and plenty of other local food options are close. Housing for summer volunteers is currently being arranged in Lumberton, NC. To inquire about housing, contact Hope, Wake Forest.
- Two campgrounds are available for volunteers:
o Fayetteville area - Ft. Bragg Clay Target Center, 651 E. Manchester Rd., Spring Lake, NC 28391. (910) 436-9489 www.fortbraggmwr.com Rate: $18.00/night, 30a/50a electric, water, dump station, restrooms, showers, laundry, pavilion, no WiFi
o Lumberton area - Lumberton/I-95 KOA, 465 Kenric Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360. (910) 739-4372 http://koa.com/campgrounds/lumberton/ Rate: $39.50/night, 30a/50a electric, water, sewer, restrooms, showers, laundry, pavilion, WiFi.
- Read the latest Disaster e-newsletter here
- Read about the Lumberton Day Care Project here
Funds are needed to help families return to their homes. If you’d like to make a donation to help with Hurricane Matthew flood relief efforts, the Southeastern District has three ways for you to give.
Donate now - give online
Mail in your check to:
Southeastern District (Attn: Disaster Fund)
6315 Grovedale Drive, Alexandria VA 22310
To give by credit card call the SED at 800-637-5723 (Mon-Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm)
Other ways to help
Pray. It is never too small a thing to do. Pray for the broken hearts and crushed spirits of those whose lives have been flooded with the unwanted effects of Hurricane Matthew. Pray for God's mercy and compassion. Pray that God's love and compassion will be made known, especially now.
Help as you are able. If you are interested and willing to volunteer on site, please contact Hope, Wake Forest. All skill levels of volunteers are needed.
Keep up to date. We are setting up a long-term recovery organization, LCMS Mercy, and we will continue to provide regular updates for you. The people of God have a wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors in their time of crisis. Keep watching volunteer and service information here on our website, on our Facebook pages, and emails using our eNews.
As always, we are so thankful for your generous hearts of compassion that reach out in these times. God's blessings in your serving and neighboring.