CBF Disaster Response continues to monitor the ongoing effects of Tropical Depression Florence in the Carolinas as well as Virginia. In consultation with CBF of North Carolina and local congregations, Alan Williams, CBF’s Disaster Response Specialist, will begin assessing damage and needs in various impacted communities. Williams will be joined by other team members and consultants over the next few days.
We will update this page when we have determined specific communities for CBF engagement and share opportunities for network and congregational involvement. Our priority is to assist neighborhoods that tend to be overlooked during disaster recovery.
As we prepare for response efforts, please be advised that CBF Disaster Response is not capable of handling donations of food, water, clothing and other material goods. However, we will be following up as quickly as possible regarding volunteer needs in specific communities.
CBF is accepting disaster response funds in preparation for the response efforts to Hurricane Florence. Churches and individuals wanting to contribute to Hurricane Florence Disaster Response can give online here. If you prefer, you may also give by mailing a check payable to “CBF” to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
*be sure to include “Hurricane Florence response” in the memo line
CBF Disaster Response exists to equip Christians and churches to serve communities affected by disaster.
Responding appropriately during a time of crisis is vital. Disasters follow a life cycle that begins with Mitigation, which is directly working to prevent future emergencies. Preparedness includes plans we make in advance to help prepare a community be ready. Disaster Response is all the actions taken during the midst of, and immediately following an emergency. Recovery is what happens after damage has been assessed and involves the actions to return the community to their pre-disaster state or even better.
VOLUNTEER WITH CBF DISASTER RESPONSE
In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF disaster response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.
CBF will work with state and regional organizations, the federal emergency management agency, the national voluntary organizations active in disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship, in any response.
THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Please pray for families who have lost everything they own and first-responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.
We ask that churches and individuals provide financial support so that funds can be used locally to respond in the most effective way to meet needs. Please consider a gift to the CBF Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund here. CBF is not accepting donations of items as we have learned from experience that it is much more efficient and cost-effective to provide funds that allow Disaster Response personnel to procure supplies as needed.
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
CBF is grateful for those wishing to serve in communities after a devastating event. Before applying to serve, please take a moment to review the available opportunities for service and consider where your gifts or the gifts of your team can best match a need on the ground. After reviewing the opportunities below, APPLY HERE.
As additional specific opportunities to serve become available, we will update this site with information. Please check back regularly to find new opportunities of service that might match your gifts and availability.
Our Hurricane Irma response page has information about volunteering in Northern Florida.
The Hurricane Maria response page has information about volunteering in Puerto Rico.