ERD is creating a database of people who would like to volunteer in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Thank you for your generosity and compassion for people living in this desperate situation.
Dioceses are not yet prepared for volunteers. ERD is working with diocesan partners to assess the needs in the affected areas. Once long-term needs are identified, we may be in need of volunteers to support the work of diocesan disaster response teams already hard at work.
While we understand your compassion and concern, please do not go to disaster areas right away. Volunteers should be entirely self-sufficient to avoid placing additional strain on already over-stressed dioceses. Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation, have a confirmed place to stay, and supply their own food and water.
If you'd like to go to the Gulf Coast region, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your full name
- Your contact information (address, phone number, email)
- Your disaster response qualifications and interests
- Your assurance that you can be self-sufficient
Episcopal Migration Ministries is also creating a database of people who are willing to take in displaced families. If you or your congregation can host a family or an individual displaced by the hurricane, please sign up by sending your name, address, phone number, and email to EMM@episcopalchurch.org or call 800-334-7626, extension 6057.
You will be contacted as soon as we can organize our volunteer response.
Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c) 3 organization, ERD saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.