Groups are working in the flooded towns of North Carolina helping clean up so residents may move back into their homes. Several groups seek volunteers in Eastern NC towns.
Volunteer groups have teams gathering in Goldsboro, Lumberton, Kinston, and other towns and need volunteers to help with the physical labor. Goldsboro and Princeville are still compiling information on how many properties have been compromised or temporarily condemned, so there will be even more help needed in the coming weeks. Sign up to help and let them know where you can pitch in.
In addition to the volunteer requests below, www.volunteermatch.org shows opportunities with other groups working across NC and beyond.
Christ In Action
The effects of Hurricane Matthew are being felt weeks after the rain has stopped and storm clouds have passed. As damage reports continue to roll in, U.S. officials are reporting damages of at least $6 billion, making Matthew the costliest hurricane since Sandy in 2012. After meeting with pastors, and other organizations on the ground, the Mayor and local officials, as well as the state Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), the group determined that Christ In Action is needed in NC, a full scale deployment has been launched with a focus on Wayne County, North Carolina.
As the water has recently receded, hardly any gutting has been done yet, and no other help is on the horizon. Please consider now how you might support this deployment, either financially, sending needed supplies to their team on the ground using their online deployment wishlist, or by volunteering to join their “boots on the ground” to help bring Hope to families who have been flooded.
Volunteer registration is open, and we are scheduling volunteers now through November 18, 2016. Volunteers need to be 18+ years or older, and able to commit to a minimum of one full working day (7am-6pm).
Christ In Action provides volunteers with a place to stay, three meals a day, hot showers, and as much work as they can handle. It is essential that volunteers register and get dates confirmed at least 24 hours before planned volunteer date(s).
For displaced residents, those who live in Wayne County NC who have been personally affected by the flood and need residential assistance, Christ In Action can help with muck outs, gutting homes, downed trees, or large debris clean-up at no cost. Within 24-48 hours of submitting your request, one of our staff will call you to setup an appointment to meet you at your property. To request help, call 571.358.9242 or email.
For more information, visit christinaction.com.
Baptists On Mission
This group has been on the ground with volunteers, cleaning and setting up meal-serving locations, for about a week. Mud-out and tear-out volunteers are needed in many different locations across North Carolina for Hurricane Matthew Relief. Right now, we are taking volunteers in the Lumberton area, Red Springs, Fayetteville area, Warsaw area, Windsor area, Goldsboro, Greenville, Hope Mills, and Kinston area. Other locations will be operational soon.
According to volunteer coordinator Gaylon Moss, “All skill sets are accepted, but the main work is heavy lifting, ripping, tearing, cutting, hauling, etc.”
Go to www.baptistsonmission.org/HurricaneMatthew to see updates and register as a volunteer.
To give funds or in-kind donations (needed supplies), visit their list here.
American Red Cross
Several areas hit by flooding have set up services or are receiving donations. These are listed below with links to notices on their official sites.
The City of Lumberton has set up a GoFundMe account and has details on their homepage at www.ci.lumberton.nc.us.
Princeville NC’s website, www.townofprinceville.com, may show updates of needs as the town residents are able to return.
Kenly NC’s Tobacco Farm Live Museum has set up a GoFundMe page too, available at www.gofundme.com/rocking-chair-marathon-2v9nfkv8 along with details of their rocking-chair marathon to raise funds for museum repairs.
North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is set up to “support long-term recovery efforts.” Financial donations may be given at www.ncdisasterrelief.org.