United Methodist Disaster Response team organizes volunteers to hep rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Dorian. Photo: C. Leinbach

The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Disaster Response (NCCUMC Disaster Response) is Ocracoke Island’s long-term rebuild partner, working in response to the flooding devastation by Hurricane Dorian. 

Due to COVID-19, the organization in March was forced to suspend volunteer operations for nearly two months.

In May, they began reinstating scaled-down volunteer activities on Ocracoke Island. 

In June, they resumed all volunteer operations but only with volunteers who reside in North Carolina. 

However, beginning in July, NCCUMC Disaster Response is accepting volunteers who reside in any state. Methodist Disaster Response has put these measures in place as a phased response to COVID-19.

NCCUMC Disaster Response needs teams of volunteers and skilled individuals who are interested in assisting Ocracoke Island with the Hurricane Dorian rebuild effort. 

Covid-19 limits housing availability but teams staying overnight or commuting for the day can be accommodated

Groups are directed to call 888-440-9167 to coordinate their arrival.

Individuals should reach out to Ocracoke Island’s Site Manager Valda Belyeu at 252-833-8358.

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  1. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.  Matthew 7:24–27

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