In recognition of National Preparedness Month, we would like to thank the 254 US volunteers who dedicated over 7,300 hours of hard work to help rebuild over 65 houses and help repair 15 homes.
In 2018, volunteers served in places like California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, and the Bahamas, putting their faith into action in a rewarding way.
IOCC programs for US-based volunteers include:
The Orthodox Homefront: Orthodox parishes that have prepared for disasters and have graciously opened their doors to the community in times of disaster, acting as distribution centers, shelters, and soup kitchens
The Orthodox Frontline: Specially trained Orthodox clergy and lay responders who are on the "front line" when disaster strikes to provide comfort and hope, and to remind people that with God's grace they will be able to resume their lives
Emergency Action Teams: Help people clear debris and muck out their homes after flooding or other damage
Home Build Teams: Spearheaded by a specially trained team lead, these volunteers help neighbors in need by rebuilding their homes after disasters strike