Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 25, 2013

Carter couple accept Sandy assignment

Bill and Donna Johnson sign on as 2-year volunteer rebuild coordinators

Staff report
The Independent

LOUISVILLE — Two Kentucky Baptist couples have accepted long-term volunteer positions in New York to assist residents  still recovering from last year’s Superstorm Sandy.

“These men and women have made a huge commitment to help the people of New York recover from this terrible disaster,” said Coy Webb, director of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. “They are some of our best leaders and I know they will do an outstanding job.”

Bill and Donna Johnson of Grayson have agreed to serve for two years as rebuild coordinators for the New York post-Sandy response. They will work with other disaster relief volunteers from across the country to help residents repair or rebuild their homes.

The Johnsons are members of Liberty Baptist Church in Cannonsburg.  

Ron and Greta Wilson of Bardstown have volunteered to serve a year as warehouse coordinators for the New York rebuilding effort. They will arrange housing, meals and provide other logistical support for volunteers as they come to serve in the rebuild effort.

The Wilsons are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown.

Webb said Southern Baptist Disaster Relief estimates hundreds of homes need major repairs or a new structure before residents can move back in. Thousands of homes were damaged or affected by the “superstorm” last fall.

“It’s very difficult for us, as Kentuckians, to fathom how great the need for help is because the population density is so different from even our most-urban areas here at home,” Webb said. “There will be a lot of work for a lot of volunteers for a long time before New York is back on its feet.”

For more information, including volunteer registration, visit namb.net/sandy.

In other Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief news:

Residents of West Liberty continue to need assistance in the ongoing recovery efforts from last year’s tornadoes.

For more information or to volunteer, email Steve Howard at svhoward@mrtc.com or call (606) 496-8756.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is monitoring flooding in the Midwest and Kentucky Baptists may be called upon to assist, Webb said.

“Right now we have no alerts or call-outs, but we encourage our trained volunteers to stay close to Facebook and email because that could change quickly,” he said.

For more information about how to become a Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer, visit kybaptist.org/dr or follow the ministry on Facebook: facebook.com/kentuckydr.