The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a time when everyone is encouraged to get out and improve their communities.
UMCSC Disaster Recovery is offering volunteers and local churches the chance to make a difference on that weekend – Saturday, Jan. 18, and Monday, Jan. 20 – in the lives of families still working to rebound from last year’s Hurricane Florence.
“We are excited to offer the people of our conference an opportunity to get out into the mission field that is their own backyard,” said Tim Whitten, disaster recovery director for the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. “Last September, the people of our conference stepped up big, and we need that same energy to get our efforts jump-started in 2020.
“The people of South Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Florence still have a long way to go in order to return to a new normal, and we need as many of our fellow United Methodists as possible to be a part of making that happen.”
During the MLK weekend, volunteers will be serving alongside homeowners in the Lakeview, Gresham, Britton’s Neck, Mullins and Marion communities.
Most of the work – drywall and flooring repair, painting and trim work – will be inside, so weather should not be an issue.
Teams will be briefed on their projects before the event, and check-in will take place at First United Methodist Church in Marion between 7:30 and 8 a.m. each day.
For more information, contact the Rev. Emily Kirby, volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.