Assist homeowners affected by recent flooding.
Location: Austin, TX area
Length of Stay: Minimum stay of three days.
Maximum Team Size: Fifteen people. Both teams and Individuals are welcome.
Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 14 years or older. Youth, ages 14-15, must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian and youth, ages 16-17, must be accompanied by an adult chaperone unless the team is registered as a youth group. Youth groups may serve with Samaritan’s Purse and are required to complete a Youth Leader Covenant.
Project Description: Volunteers will be assisting homeowners affected by the recent flooding in the Austin area. They will be working on mudouts and debris removal.
Background Information: More than 1,100 homes were damaged or destroyed in the central Texas area as a result of flooding caused by torrential rains on October 31. Onion Creek reached a record high water level at 41 feet, severely impacting surrounding areas.
Additional Information: Meals and sleeping quarters will be provided. Volunteers need to bring twin size air mattress or cot, linens/sleeping bag, pillow, towels and personal hygiene items. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own tool belts and small hand tools. Volunteers should bring rubber boots, work gloves and safety glasses.
TRAINED Emergency Response Teams are needed for cleanup. If your church can put a team together, please contact District Disaster Response Coordinator, Emmett Eary at Emmett.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We are also collecting HEB and Walmart gift cards for food, household items and gas. Please send to the District Office at the address below and I will get them to Emmett. At this time, no additional flood buckets are necessary, but this may change and we’ll keep you posted.
FreeStore Austin is working with a number of local schools with flood affected families to provide emergency relief. FreeStore Austin is currently accepting donations of clothing and household items for people of all ages. (More details about drop off times on the website at www.freestoreaustin.org) As we schedule special outreach events we will offer new opportunities for volunteering in support of our neighbors as well.
Parker Lane UMC is providing assistance for the Dove Springs flood recovery effort. This includes a Thrift Store where people can get needed clothing. PLUMC is also distributing needed supplies.
The following items are needed in the Dove Springs community:
o Non-perishable food
o Cleaning supplies
o Mosquito repellant
o Work & Cleaning Gloves
Please drop off supplies at the Thrift Store building on the Parker Lane UMC campus. Parker Lane UMC is located at 2105 Parker Lane on the east side of IH35 between Oltorf and Riverside Dr. The office phone number is 512-442-0996.