Volunteers Needed to Aid in Midland, Michigan Flood Area

Quick Facts

  • Trip Status: Scheduling Volunteers Now!
  • Date: Volunteers are being scheduled now!
  • Contact: Sam Phillips: [email protected]
  • Trip Costs: Travel

Go to the Midland Volunteer Calendar

Update!

Needs as of right now July 10, 2020:

  • Volunteers are badly needed! Contact Sam.
  • Foreman to work in conjunction with our site coordinator. Contact Mike Greene if you are interested.
  • Painters and finishers
  • A pickup truck. Contact David Nakhla if you have one you would like to donate to this effort.

Go to the volunteer calendar to sign up to help! (Note: You must be an OPC DR Registrant or registered with an affiliated organization in order to reserve a time.)

We praise the Lord for raising up for us a site, volunteer and hospitality coordinator for the Midland, Michigan effort: Mike Greene is our site coordinator, Sam Phillips is our newly appointed Volunteer Coordinator and we praise the Lord for Rhonda Sarafolean, Pastor Dave Sarafolean’s wife, who has graciously agreed to head up the hospitality coordinating!

If you would like to contribute to the Midland Flood Disaster Fund, please go to

GIVE.OPC.ORG

Needed

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Job Site Foreman

There is an immediate need for a job site foreman. Ideally, this volunteer would need to commit one to two weeks at a time, possibly tag-teaming with other foremen volunteers throughout the effort’s timeline. Below is a description of the experience and availability this volunteer would need to have. Thank you for considering!

  • Experienced in construction essential
  • Handy (able to work alongside trades)
  • Able to identify and solve problems
  • Serve 1-2 weeks or more at a time (depending on their schedule)
  • Work closely with Site Coordinator
  • Oversee teams
  • Manage the day-in-day-out workings of a particular disaster site (homes)
  • Interact with homeowners
  • Ensure supplies are available for teams
  • Available on-site when teams are scheduled

Skilled Carpenter:
There is also a need for a skilled carpenter (ASAP) to pick up and continue the excellent work another carpenter has done.

  • Hosting: Do you live in the vicinity of Midland with a place for someone to bunk for a week? We need a few families to host out-of-town disaster response volunteers.
  • Cleaning out: Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, disinfecting, and helping to dry out–all the things that need to happen before reconstruction can begin.
  • Reporter/Photographer: Do you have a passion for taking writing or taking pictures? We need to document this disaster for our publications. No degree or experience is required!
  • Driver/delivery person: A licensed driver is needed to run errands and pick up equipment.
  • Construction: Hanging drywall, painting, maintenance. Putting it all back together!
  • Packing up/finishing: A group to finish up, return supplies, and make sure everything is cleaned up as the teams leave.

Please contact Sam Phillips: [email protected]

Disaster Background:
On May 19th, the city of Midland, Michigan suffered flooding as a result of the breaching of two dams following days of heavy rain.  Several families from Christ Covenant OPC in Midland suffered the flooding of their homes; one family’s home was completely flooded.  The diaconal committee of the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario immediately mobilized a disaster response effort, in cooperation with OPC Disaster Response.  Christ Covenant desires to see its families cared for in restoring their homes, but they also see in this devastation an opportunity to show mercy in the name of Christ to their neighbors suffering in the vicinity of the church.  Reformed Missions Services has come alongside the OPC in offering the use of their shower trailer and other equipment. Those desiring to participate in this effort are encouraged to register as a volunteer at opcdisasterresponse.org/volunteer-registry/.  Gifts toward this effort can be designated to “Midland Flood” (give.opc.org/diaconal-ministries-summary).

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