MOUNT JULIET — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are needed for response efforts in New England, Florida and a local project in Pikeville, Tenn., according to Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
In Florida, chainsaw and tarping teams are needed through the end of October as volunteers continue to help those affected from the recent hurricane, Jones said.
“There are still many trees on houses and then when the tree is removed, the roof will need to be tarped. If you have a team that can respond to this need, contact the DR office with the dates you would like to respond,” he said.
Rebuild teams are also needed in New England which experienced heavy flooding several months ago, Jones added.
“They are looking for rebuild teams to come and assist homeowners in repairing damaged homes, primarily in Vermont. Because North Carolina has a partnership with the New England states, North Carolina Disaster Relief is coordinating the projects,” he said.
Teams interested in helping in New England can get a project list by calling 1-800-395-5102, ext. 5607 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In both New England and Florida, teams are encouraged to take a chaplain and use FormStack (roster and daily reports) when they deploy, Jones said, adding that teams should not self-deploy.
“We ask Tennessee Baptists to continue to pray for everyone affected by the recent natural disasters and for volunteers as they travel to share the love of Christ as they serve those whose homes have received major damage,” Jones said.
“Pray also that our teams will have opportunities to share the gospel with those whom they come in contact with,” he added.
In addition, Lee Station Baptist Church in Pikeville is requesting volunteers to assist the church in remodeling a house to be used for the homeless. If interested in this project, contact Bill Wolfe, pastor of Lee Station at email@example.com or 423-667-2287.
Jones also added that Tennessee Baptists can give financially for disaster relief by visiting https://tndisasterrelief.org/contributions/ and clicking on the Contributions button and selecting a specific designation or choosing general disaster relief. B&R