CERG UU Disaster Relief Fund
Does your congregation, cluster or group want to help with the recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy? This is the place!
To help us determine the best fit between your group and our opportunities please complete this form. Once we have this basic information, Rev. Karlson will be in contact to help you find the best fit for your group.
Recently we have made some dynamic interfaith and rebuild organization partnerships that Unitarian Universalist congregations can participate in if you are planning a goup service trip to the areas impacted by Sandy when the storm struck on October 29th, 2012.
Please check out the following websites and facebook pages to get an idea of volunteer opportunity service work and housing in all of the Metro New York Area. As the Disaster Response Coordinator, I will help connect you with volunteer opportunities and housing as well as meet with your group and give an orientation to Sandy Recovery since October 29th from a Unitarian Universalist perspective and with a lens towards recovery, antiracism, environmental justice, immigration, housing and poverty. The following is only a sample of the connections I've made in the past four months that have augmented Unitarian Universalists' ability to respond to Superstorm Sandy:
You can also download our pdf brochure to share in your congregation.
- Friends of Rockaway: website and facebook page
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has a host site available if you are volunteering near Rockaways in Queens
- World Cares
- Siller Foundation
- Our groups have worked with World Cares
- The Unitarian Church of Staten Island will soon be preparing their parsonage for volunteer groups: website and facebook page
- The Staten Island Community Organization and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization's (http://sisandyhelp.org/) Volunteer Subcommittee has a number of host sites and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) also has host sites available.
- The Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group's Volunteer subcommittee has a number of work sites available and host sites where groups can stay.
- There are 6 Coalitions working on recovery with the Long Term Recovery Group. Volunteer service trips can be coordinated and there are host sites providing volunteer housing.
- The Mastic Jubilee Recovery Center in Mastic, Long Island (facebook page) and
- Housing is available at Little Portion Friary in Mt. Sinai, Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, and St. Peter's Luterhan in Baldwin.
- We also held a Long Island Day of Service with
- Sustainable Long Island (website and facebook page) and area-wide congregations.
- The Long Island Volunteer Center and the Long Island Long Term Recovery Group have a number of volunteer opportunities through organizations like All Hands, NECHAMA, Americorps, and United Methodist New York Annual Conference (NYAC). Many opportunities exist for a volunteer group in Long Island.
In New Jersey, our groups have worked at :
- Visitation Relief Center, Brick, NJ (facebook page)
- and the Lighthouse Center in Barnegat Bay, NJ
- We held a Monmouth County Day of Service on November 2nd in Union Beach - see the recovery efforts page for photos.
- There are many housing opportunities including our own Murray Grove Renewal and Retreat Center: website and facebook page
- and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (http://mcltrg.org/) has a number of host sites that I can connect you to.
I hope to hear from you soon as some host sites are already filling up and I know you need to raise funds for your trip. It is not too soon to start planning now.
The need for volunteers is great! Partnering with area Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG) and other Volunteer work sites, CERG's Disaster Response Coordinator, the Rev. Susan Karlson, is able to coordinate Service and Learning trips to the various impacted areas and those who suffer most from the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Housing, volunteer work, orientation, social justice issues, worship and processing the experience are all part of a Volunteer Service Trip to aid Sandy Recovery.
Unitarian Universalist congregations in New York and New Jersey have been aiding the recovery process since Day 1. Many others have donated to the Central East Regional Group (CERG) UU Sandy Relief Fund and come from long distances to assist in the relief, recovery and rebuilding process. Estimates range from 3-8 years for recovery and rebuilding after the Storm.