Disaster Relief Volunteering

Disaster Relief volunteersIn 2004, devastating floods destroyed communities in eastern Kentucky. Christian Appalachian Project was quick to respond, and many volunteers and staff suspended their normal activities and spent weeks in the affected areas helping with clean-up and recovery. From that response, CAP’s Disaster Relief program was born. Today, we are a regional leader in disaster response, and our teams have assisted flood, tornado, and hurricane recovery efforts in Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, New York, and West Virginia.

Disaster Relief has hundreds of responders from Kentucky and all over the country who are “on call” and ready to respond when we are forming a response team. In the event of a natural disaster, volunteers are alerted by email with instructions. There is no obligation to signing up as a Disaster Relief volunteer–if you are not able to join us for a response, we will alert you again next time. To join our team of responders, contact us at disasterrelief@chrisapp.org. No application is required prior to response.

Other volunteer opportunities:

AmeriCorps Disaster Relief Caseworker: Our long-term Disaster Relief caseworker plays a key administrative role in the program by serving on local disaster relief committees, attending trainings, and training others. When disaster strikes, the Member will be involved in all stages of disaster response within Kentucky and other Appalachian states: preparation and loading of materials, relief work (mucking houses, distributing supplies), volunteer coordination, and clean-up and unloading of supplies and materials. This position requires an individual who is independent, self-starting, energetic, organized, likes to travel and has superior communication skills. Must be 21 or older with a good driving record. Experience in construction and/or disaster relief response a plus. Position begins January 2015.

Want to learn more about CAP’s Disaster Relief program? Visit our Disaster Relief page to see videos and read about the services we provide.