College Groups Needed in New York & New Jersey

posted Dec 18, 2012, 2:31 PM by Ginger Bowman
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Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery

Marla Bearden, Disaster Recovery Specialist

Gerald Davis, Disaster Recovery & Development Specialist

Chris Liebrum, Disaster Recovery Director

Baptist General Convention of Texas

Special Note: Directors of Missions, Association offices and Missions Leaders please forward information to missions/disaster recovery leadership, pastors and churches.

SBC Disaster Relief Volunteer Village Calling all Collegiate Groups, College Age Church Groups and Baptist Student Missions Groups

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is currently running a volunteer village on the property of Zion Lutheran church on Staten Island, New York.

Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery would like to get as many college students and college age church groups as possible to register for Jan. 7 - 12, 2013.

Below is the information related to the Collegiate Disaster Relief response in Staten Island, NY. The link for registration To register please enter the code collegiatedr.

Please share this with collegiate contacts.

Collegiate Disaster Relief Response
Friday, December 07, 2012 3:00 PM -
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Zion Lutheran Church
505 Watchogue Rd
Staten Island, NY 10314

For more Information contact Susan Peugh
Phone: 404.432.3067

There is a $15 per person required registration fee that covers accidental insurance, t-shirt and Disaster Relief badge. There is an additional $15 per night fee that covers food and lodging. Please note we require a minimum of a 3 night stay at the lodging facility to participate.

Registration is transferable within the group. No refunds are available due to advanced payment of food and supplies. No onsite registration will be taken due to capacity limits.

The capacity of the lodgign facility is 100 participants per night. Registration must be completed in advance of arrival due to capacity limits.

The lodging facility is Zion Lutheran Church on Staten Island. We have set up a tent city that will have large sleeps tents with cots for each individual. Tents are gender specific. We will provide a cot for each individual but participants need to bring their own linens for both bedding and shower facility. Due to the size of the cot, twin air mattresses will only be accommodated. Security will be provided at night.

Meals will be provided onsite by a Disaster Relief feeding team. We are unable to take special dietary request. Lunch will be a self-prepared sack lunch each day to be taken to the worksite.

An onsite Disaster Relief shower trailer will be provided. Shower shoes are suggested.

First Aid:
Student/groups need to provide their own first aid kits.

Due to the nature of Disaster Relief we are unable to give specific work assignments at this time. Primarily all groups will be doing mud out and recovery. Each participant needs to bring the following items:
- warm work clothes that will get dirty
- a pair of inexpensive leather work gloves
- a pair of inexpensive rubber gloves
- water proof rubber boots
- a pair of inexpensive safety glasses

These items are not required but are suggested due to weather conditions:
- hat
- scarf
- gloves

Unit Directors:
It is the responsibility of the group leader to contact their State Disaster Relief director to provide Unit Directors for the response. There needs to be a ratio of 1 unit director for every 10 students that are participating.

A training video and manual will be online at Video and training manual need to be viewed and read prior to arrival. Further information will be sent after registration.

Transportation to and from Staten Island, NY and the Zion Lutheran Church is at the expense of the group/individual. This includes transportation to and from the worksites. Parking is limited onsite and it is recommended nothing larger than a 15 passenger van be used. If charter buses are to be used, please contact Susan Peugh at 404-432-3067 prior to registration, as special considerations will need to be made.

All toll charges are the responsibility of the individual/group.

Christmas break:
The Volunteer Vilage will be closed for response work beginning Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Noon until Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 5pm. Please make note of these dates as no registrations will be taken during this time to allow all volunteers to be at home with their families for the Christmas holiday.

Assist in the recovery of Hurricane Sandy in
Staten Island, New York area
Shower Unit for Volunteer Village
Shower and Laundry Units that will service the volunteers.

Where Meals will be served.

Meals will be served here in the gym.

Typical street with Hurricane Sandy damage.

Typical street in Staten Island affected by the disaster.

*Go to SBC Disaster Relief on Facebook for more pictures and information.*

Texas Baptists Volunteer Corps will continue to

assist in the ongoing recovery and development efforts in the following areas:

Plaquemines Parish

(Port Sulphur La., Braithway, La.)

LaPlace, Louisiana

LaFitte, Louisiana

New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Staten Island, New York

and other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy

Groups are responsible for their own transportation to and from the mission field.

If you have any questions please contact:

Marla Bearden or Gerald Davis
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery & Development
Marla 214-537-7358
Gerald 214-924-6401
email: or

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