Last September Hurricanes Maria and Irma presented Puerto Rico with its worst natural disaster on record. The deadly storms caused an estimated death toll of 4,645 persons, $94 billion in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure, only a fraction of which has been dealt with and/or compensated by the U.S. government.
The hurricanes disrupted water supply, crippled communications systems and littered the island with debris. Eight months later, 20,000 people are still without power.
UCC Disaster Ministries, Week of Compassion/Disciples Volunteering, and Global Ministries are collaborating closely with brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico to aid Global Ministries partners in recovery from the hurricanes and prepare for the coming hurricane season.
Volunteer teams are needed now for work that may include debris removal, cleaning, tarping, sanitation, light carpentry, roofing, and repair work of homes and/or church properties.