Twenty-five NCCUMC staff members traveled to Lumberton on January 26 to assist with disaster response work. Many of these folks have spent previous days volunteering at Hurricane Matthew worksites, but this was the second official staff work day. Douglas Ward, NCCUMC information technology director, installed Wi-Fi at Chestnut Street UMC, while others worked at a flood-damaged house, tearing out flooring and wall board.
David Reid, NCCUMC systems administrator, spent his day pulling nails from floor joists and wall studs, and cleaning up the outside of the house. To David, the “awesome, 60-degree day in January cooperated with the efforts to fix up the house.” Completing the tear-out, the group left the house ready for the next team to come in and repair floor joists and hang drywall.
For Laura Dallas, NCCUMC media center associate, the day was eye-opening. “I’ve never done anything like construction work,” she smiled, “but this experience showed me that anyone can lend a helping hand to the people displaced by these massive storms.”