Disaster Response

Update on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts of CBF Disaster Response Ministries

Will Baker, pastor of Drummondton Baptist Church, pointing out the water line of flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy

Will Baker, pastor of Drummondton Baptist Church, pointing out the water line of flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy devastated many areas along the East Coast on October 29, 2012. In Sandy’s aftermath, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches found themselves reaching out to help their neighbors begin to recover.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response is not a first-response organization. However, it is a fellowship of churches and individuals with a deep  compassion that drives their collective desire to help others who are hurting.

Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, Drummondton Baptist Church in Accomac is one such church to lend a helping hand to its neighbors. Drummondton Baptist pastor Will Baker and church members began helping residents clean up and start the rebuilding process. They continue to respond to the needs of their neighbors one house at a time.

Tommy Deal, U.S. disaster response coordinator for CBF, traveled to Accomac, Virginia to witness the work of Drummondton Baptist Church. CBF will provide this church with funds donated to hurricane disaster relief. Drummondton Baptist will distribute these funds to families in the area. In addition, mission teams are encouraged to consider needs which they can meet in Accomac and the surrounding area.

Metro Baptist Church in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, New York has also provided for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Several CBF state organizations, including CBF Georgia and CBF Virginia, collected requested items from their churches and sent them to Metro Baptist for distribution. In addition, Metro Baptist made their dormitory facilities available for AmeriCorp volunteers who had been dispatched to New York City to assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Following discussions with the pastors of Metro Baptist Church and Ronnie Adams, CBF field personnel, it was decided that CBF and Metro Baptist would collaborate together to be part of the Unmet Needs Roundtable. Metro Baptist Alan Sherouse will serve as the representative of CBF on the Unmet Needs Roundtable.

The roundtable aims to help New York residents affected by Hurrican Sandy to rebuild their homes. The average “unmet need” to rebuild a home, according to the roundtable, will be $30,000.

Below you will find additional information about how CBF continues to respond to Hurricane Sandy and how you and your congregation can help.

Virginia

  •  CBF will grant $5,000 to Drummondton Baptist Church in Accomac, Virginia to be used by the church to help those in need within their community.
  • CBF will promote need for volunteers to help Drummondton Baptist reach out to their surrounding community with mission teams.
  • Will Baker, pastor of Drummondton Baptist Church, has offered to coordinate teams wishing to come to Accomac, Virginia to help residents recover and rebuild. Contact Will Baker to coordinate your visit to Accomac at (386) 479-4448.

New York

  • CBF will collaborate with Metro Baptist Church to become a participating sponsor of the New York Hurricane Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable. This organization, under the guidance of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services, will grant funds to applicants who find themselves financially unable to rebuild.
  • Alan Sherouse will represent Metro Baptist Church and CBF on the roundtable’s vetting committee. The roundtable will provide regular reports and pictures of those assisted to CBF Disaster Response Ministries.
  • The initial financial commitment from CBF will be $25,000 of which $5,000 is designated for administrative needs. This annual amount will be considered for up to three years with a total three year commitment of $75,000.
  • The initial commitment from Metro Baptist Church will be $35,000. A significant portion of this commitment came directly to Metro Baptist from CBF constituents in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A second year commitment from Metro Baptist of at least $15,000 will be considered.
  • The total long-term commitment for this partnership with New York Hurricane Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable is $125,000.
  • Churches and individuals looking for opportunities to physically offer their labor will be directed to a church in Staten Island that has planned a system to coordinate volunteers. Contact Jenny Wilen, Gateway Relief Administrator of Church at the Gateway, at (732) 715-1150 or jennywilen@churchatthegateway.org.  Let Jenny Wilen know that you are with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

New Jersey

  • Persons interested in helping in a large-scale rebuild project in Atlantic City, New Jersey are encouraged to consider participating in the 2013 Millard Fuller Legacy Build. This project is scheduled for April 28 – May 3, 2013.
  • The 2013 Millard Fuller Legacy Build will help low-income residents of Atlantic City who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers and donations are needed to help repair more than twenty homes that suffered severe flood damage.
  • CBF strongly encourages individuals and teams to contact the Fuller Center to learn more.  The sign-up deadline is April 10, 2013.

Contact Chris Boltin, CBF short term assignments and partnerships manager, at engage@thefellowship.infofor more information about opportunities to respond to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and other disasters.

CBF is requesting contributions for relief. Contributions will allow CBF to supply requested items and teams as needed. Contributions can be made online here.

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