North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) is seeking students who can volunteer during their Christmas break to help with disaster relief efforts in the Northeast Dec. 15-21.
The assignment will focus on relief efforts among homeowners in New Jersey who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. NCBM has provided relief to impacted residents since the last day of the storm.
“We need college students to assist homeowners with recovery from this devastating event,” said Gaylon Moss, NCBM’s disaster relief coordinator
Since May, the Campus Ministry Office for the Baptist State Convention of N.C. (BSC) has been working with Baptist Men to increase collegiate involvement with disaster relief efforts, said Rick Trexler, campus ministry leader for BSC.
“Of course, students are welcome anytime, “ Trexler said, “but we have set a special week … for them to begin getting their feet wet with disaster relief, N.C. style.”
“This is open to college students from all churches,” he added. “We want this to help us begin to train another generation for sharing the gospel as we assist a hurting world through disaster relief.”
Students will help with various tear-out work such as the removal of furniture, floors, wall coverings and doors. Students also will be encouraged to share their faith with other volunteers and homeowners.
Students will be responsible for transportation to the site, but training, housing, meals and coordination of the relief work will be provided. Students should bring their own bedding such as sleeping bags.
Students do not have to serve for the entire week, and a list of items for them to bring will be sent out to them once they commit to the project.
Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) groups and other student groups are encouraged to form teams and travel to New Jersey together.
Teams should have their team leader register at ncmissions.org/sandy. In order for NCBM to recognize teams as college teams, team leaders are advised to include the school’s BCM name or the school’s name in the “Association” space of the online registration form. NCBM staff will communicate additional instructions to the team leaders.
BCM related questions may be directed to Rick Trexler at [email protected] or (800) 395-5102, ext. 5560. For questions about the trip, contact Sharon Chilton Moser at [email protected] or (336) 688-5254. For registration help, contact Mary Mountz at [email protected] or (800) 395-5102, ext. 5602.