In the nearly 10 months since Hurricane Florence, thousands of individuals, businesses, churches, civic clubs, nonprofits, and government agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our region recover from Hurricane Florence.
Many of them have joined forces in one of the Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs), also known as Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), organized by county with assistance from FEMA and NC Emergency Management, to unite the community and streamline our response efforts. The structure of each LTRG is customized to the needs of the community but typically include committees such as Case Management, Construction Management, Volunteer Management, and Child Welfare.
Because WARM serves Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties, our staff members participate on committees in all three LTRGs. As the only permanent nonprofit in the tri-county area whose one and only mission is to rebuild owner-occupied homes of low-income families, we chair all three Construction Committees, bringing a regional approach.
These organizations serve on at least one Construction Committee with us and currently offer owner-occupied home rebuilding programs for low and/or moderate income families impacted by Hurricane Florence: Baptists on Mission, Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, Brunswick Housing Opportunities, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear Volunteer Center, Greater Currie Community Action Group, Team Rubicon, and United Methodist Committee on Relief.
WARM has been rebuilding homes since 1996. So, we were able to hit the ground running immediately after the storm, assisting those already on our waitlist.
New applications have poured in and, fortunately, so has volunteer and donor support! We’ve hired two additional field supervisors so we can help people faster while ensuring quality control and adherence to building codes.
As of June 30, 2019, WARM has completed 57 hurricane rebuilds and has 29 more under construction.
To make all this happen, locals eagerly volunteer in groups or individually and mission teams come from as far away as North Dakota! Here’s WARM’s Volunteer Map from the past 10 months (dark blue = 2018, light blue = 2019):
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