The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference UCC, Southeast PA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SEPA VOAD), Eastwick United and many other partners are looking to recruit volunteers to repair and rebuild homes in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia.
On August 4, 2020, during the pandemic, TS Isaias dumped seven inches of rain on parts of eastern Pennsylvania. Wind damage and tornadoes left hundreds of thousands without power and widespread severe flooding led to injuries as well as one storm-related fatality. Covid concerns have left significant unmet needs in the impacted areas and especially in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia which has the highest concentration of damage to both structures and mechanical systems.
We began receiving teams in July, 2021 and are looking forward to including you in our rebuild efforts.
Disaster Event: Tropical Storm Isaias, Eastern PA
Project Focus: Repair and Rebuild
Contact: Judy Moore, Volunteer Coordinator 802-299-8290; IsaiasRecoveryVolunteers@gmail.com
Group Size: 2 to 5 member teams; single workers welcome too
Special Requirements: work groups need to include a skilled leader; updated tetanus shots
Minimum Age: 18
Accommodations: housing at Salt and Light Church in Philadelphia.
Cost: transportation, food
Tools: Please bring general carpentry tools and a substantial first aid kit. A UCC Tool Trailer is available on site.
Donations are deductible and always welcome: It is estimated that $320,000 will be required to meet the rebuild needs of the Eastwick community. To date approximately $285,000 has been committed from many organizations including Eastwick Neighbors and Friends Coalition, The Salvation Army, UCC Disaster Ministries, Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA, Disciples of Christ, the City of Philadelphia, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and a local Go Fund Me effort.
Please make your check to:
PA Southeast Conference, UCC, with ‘Eastwick Recovery’ in the memo line.
Mail your check to:
The Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable
c/o PA Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ
1441 Laura Ln #100
Pottstown, PA 19464
Covid Guidelines: We require that volunteers wear facemasks, practice social distancing and sanitize on a regular basis. Windows and doors will be kept open on each worksite for ventilation. If using our liability insurance, we require completed Covid vaccinations.
Other Information: Once contact is made with our Volunteer Coordinator you will be provided with all the necessary information including release forms, skill sheets for your group, contact information, arrival information. etc. You will also find information at ucc.org/volunteer/disaster_disaster-volunteers
- “Mission Trips That Matter” by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
- On-Site Reflection: “Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers.” Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
- Follow-Up Action: Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response. Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (see uccfiles.com/pdf/A-Disaster-Preparedness-Manual-for-Churches.pdf).
- Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.