|A Year Later - Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Still Impact Lives|
By Patsy Glista, AIM
"The one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion
by the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
More than a year has passed since many across our synod responded to the immediate need for help after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee stormed through upstate New York. Generous donations of time and money have helped significantly with the clean-up and rebuilding but much work still remains to be done - many are still not in their homes, houses still need repairs and volunteer help is still needed. Coupled with donations from many across our synod, Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) has provided more than $80,000 in financial support. LDR continues to support long term recovery work.
Our primary focus is in the Schoharie area where the biggest need is for volunteer skilled workers of any kind...skilled with a hammer, carpentry in general, electricians, plumbers, masons...or skilled at leading a group with some unskilled members. Come as an individual, come as a group. Come for a day, several days or even a week. Learn how to prepare for long term recovery work.
Persons interested in helping in the Schoharie area may contact the SALT office at (518) 702-5017 or by email at email@example.com. Visits need to be scheduled at least two or more weeks prior to your arrival. SALT will then send information about the volunteer effort, skill assessment sheets, liability release forms, etc. Visit the SALT website for more information on volunteering. To connect with LDR in upstate NY email firstname.lastname@example.org.