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Rebuilding Communities after a disaster (current needs listed below)

Maryland/Delaware disaster relief teams are prepared to mobilize and set up their ministry work as soon as a disaster occurs. Once the immediate crisis period following a disaster has passed and as the local infrastructure can once again meet the basic needs of community residents, the ministry of “disaster relief” is finished and the ministry of “community rebuilding” begins. This rebuilding is best accomplished by local churches in partnership with mission teams and other community organizations.

Disaster experts tell us that rebuilding a community following a “normal” disaster can take up to five years. In the case of an extraordinary disaster such as Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding can take even longer. Unfortunately, the work of rebuilding is not glamorous. Public attention moves on to the next disaster event while the devastated community is left to struggle on its own.

Although some churches are trained and equipped for immediate disaster relief response, other churches feel called to commit mission teams and resources to assist during the long period of community rebuilding. This work rarely requires special skills or training but does demand teamwork and a servant’s heart.

The following links will assist you in researching current rebuilding needs:

For additional links pertaining to Disaster Relief efforts please refer to our "Links" page.

Sandy Deployment Needs and Opportunities

Feeding and Recovery/Rebuild on Staten Island

College Students from around the country will be spending their spring break cleaning up storm damage and rebuilding homes in and around Staten Island.  The North American Mission Board has asked for our help.

Feeding Volunteers are needed March 2 - April 20:  To support the college mission teams. Teams of four will be cooking in an indoor kitchen, preparing meals for no more than 150 people each day. Housing is provided. Volunteers do not need to be DR trained, so if you know someone who loves to cook and who has been curious about Disaster Relief, bring them with you! If you can serve for a few days or longer, please let s know ASAP.

Several Blue Hats or experienced flood recovery/rebuild volunteers are needed to serve as "crew chiefs" March 16-21. These crew chiefs will work with our own Maryland/Delaware campus ministry team. Jobs will be assigned based on the skills and experience level of the students and their crew chief. The ability to enjoy working with students is a must. Housing and meals will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer for either of these opportunities please contact Ellen at eudovich@bcmd.org or 443-250-2555.