According to Wilson Rogers, operator of the NCCUMC Disaster Response Call Center, volunteers have completed about 44% of the requests called in to the center and are going strong completing the remaining ones.
Since Hurricane Matthew stormed through North Carolina Saturday, October 8, 2016, the center has received 165 requests for assistance with muck-out and demolition. Requests have come from 20 counties, with 67% of them from Robeson and Edgecombe counties. UMC volunteers were on the scene two days after the hurricane hit.
Since then, over 400 volunteers have mucked out 72 homes – so far. These 400 volunteers represent North Carolina, along with 20 other states and Canada. Together, these 400 men, women, and youth have amassed over 35,000 hours of volunteer work, totaling a monetary value of over $830,000. And the value of these hours to the victims of Hurricane Matthew? And to the volunteers, themselves? That value can’t be assessed by a number.
Remaining open requests for muck-out total 93. The next phase, coming soon, is rebuilding. The road will be long, but UMC volunteers will stay on it until the work is complete.
“Thousands of damaged or destroyed homes need thousands of volunteers to restore their lives,” reflected Ann Huffman, NCCUMC disaster readiness / volunteer coordinator. More help is always needed.
To volunteer, call 1.888.440.9167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.