I received my confirmation volunteer email last night - I’ll be heading down to New Bern, North Carolina in 2 weeks to help with All Hands and Hearts’ Hurricane Florence Rapid Response Team. The more photos and videos I see, the more I realize how easily this devastation could have happened to us on Delmarva.
Areas of North and South Carolina continue to experience rising waters and for those areas where the water has subsided, the daunting task of clean up, debris removal, mold control, and sanitation begins. Not only that but over 1,000 residents in JUST New Bern, NC alone are still living in emergency shelters, unable to return home at all. One of the most urgent tasks right now is to deliver meals to those who are not able to leave their home due to flooding.
Non-profits and the local government are currently handling the distribution of needed items in the community so volunteers have been asked to direct anyone wanting to help from afar to donate directly to All Hands and Hearts or a nonprofit of their choice.
If you’re unfamiliar with All Hands and Hearts, they are an outstanding and extremely transparent organization that focuses on and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. They are most often the first to arrive after First Responders and the last to leave. They are still rebuilding and helping communities around the world who have suffered devastation from natural disasters years ago including Nepal, which suffered a 7.8 earthquake in April 2015, and Texas, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands: all still suffering from Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria, to name a few.
As I gather more information about my volunteer trip, I’ll be sure to share it via Facebook and Instagram. I will also be sharing a link soon for anyone who has the desire to donate. All Hands and Hearts, like a true volunteer organization, provides their volunteers room, board, and 3 meals a day so if anyone is interested in volunteering and can arrange their work schedule, you just simply have to get down to North Carolina with a pair of work/muck boots (and a short list of normal trip necessities)!