The Kentucky Baptist Convention is issuing an urgent call for trained disaster relief volunteers to help New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“This is an immediate and critical need,” said Coy Webb, director of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. “The Red Cross has estimated a need of more than 500,000 meals daily, just for people in the state of New York, for the next several days.”
Three mobile kitchens and crews, chaplains and damage assessors will depart Kentucky for New York on Thursday. An initial complement of at least 125 volunteers is needed.
Webb said the response could extend to two weeks or more, however, volunteers who cannot serve the entire time can rotate out as their schedule demands.
“With so much of New England still underwater, it will take some time for us to assess long-term needs,” Webb explained.
Trained volunteers are encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information and the number of days they are available to serve. Volunteers may also call (502) 489-3399 or (866) 489-3527 (toll-free in Kentucky).
Webb said volunteers wishing to vote early can present a copy of their confirmation e-mail from KBC to the county clerk.
To remain ready to respond in times of crises, Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief relies on financial support from individuals and congregations. Contributions can be made online or by mail to: “Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief” in care of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, PO Box 43433, Louisville, KY 40253-0433.