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Disaster Recovery Ministries of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church has been awarded a grant from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

The $1,000 paid for office equipment to help Disaster Recovery administrative staff directly working with South Carolina families and volunteers better organize files. That allows them to more effectively assist those families, many of whom are still recovering from flooding and other damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


Ward Smith, director of the conference’s Disaster Recovery Ministries, expressed gratitude for the donation.

“Hundreds of South Carolina families still are not fully recovered from Hurricane Matthew, with many living in homes that are not safe, sanitary or secure,” Smith said. “We have so much need around the state.

“This generous, innovative grant from National VOAD will allow S.C. Disaster Recovery Ministries to operate more efficiently, which in turn will allow us to better serve people who are still hurting.”


In notifying the conference of the grant, Amelia Mendizabal, manager of member services for the National VOAD, also thanked Disaster Recovery Ministries and its volunteers for their service.

“We are excited to hear about how your project advances in the next few months and the impact of the award on the community and the survivors of Hurricane Matthew,” Mendizabal wrote. “A generous donation from the UPS Foundation allowed National VOAD to offer this innovative grant project to all National VOAD members.”

Volunteers needed

Disaster Recovery Ministries also still needs volunteers to roof houses, repair siding, install sheetrock, repair floors and other tasks to return South Carolina families to safe situations.

Whether you can help for a couple of days or a week. Whether you have an experienced team or you want to come alone and work alongside new friends. Whether you are young or old, experienced or not, local or out-of-state.

Your time and talents are needed.

Watch this short video from Disaster Recovery Ministries
to learn how you can help


Want to volunteer?

Call: 803-726-3105



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