How to Volunteer

Join those who are saying "yes" to volunteering for OPC Disaster Response work following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Leadership:

Denominational: David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator, is overseeing OPC relief efforts from the OPC Administrative Offices in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and visiting the relief sites as needed.

Regional: Regional Disaster Response Coordinators are in place in:

  • Presbytery of the Southwest (Houston relief site)
  • Presbytery of the South (Florida relief sites)
  • Presbytery of New Jersey (Puerto Rico relief site)

Local: Local Site Coordinators and Volunteer Coordinators are on location.

We Need You!

  • Volunteers are needed in Houston (Hurricane Harvey)
  • Volunteers are needed in Key West (Hurricane Irma)**
  • Volunteers are needed in Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)**
  • Skilled volunteers are needed
  • Unskilled volunteers are needed
  • Volunteers are needed now
  • Volunteers will be needed over the next year or more
  • Volunteers can give whatever length of time they are able to
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to the relief site in most cases
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own food in most cases
  • Volunteers will be provided with local housing

Disaster Relief is Diaconal:

  • Let the deacons in your church know that you are interested in volunteering for hurricane relief.
  • Ask if diaconal funds can be used towards your transportation and food.

Call for Volunteers:

  • Click here for a printable PDF flier to use as a bulletin insert or poster at your church.

Current Need for Volunteers in Houston:

  • Click here to check for openings in the Houston Volunteer Schedule.

Harvey Application Form and FAQs:

  • Click here for FAQs and an application to serve as a Hurricane Harvey Volunteer in Houston.

Examples of Volunteer Jobs:

Skilled:

  • Click here for examples of skilled labor and a video of one team at work

Unskilled:

  • Administration/Communication
  • Bringing encouragement!
  • Clearing out downed trees, branches, and other debris
  • Cooking
  • Demolition
  • Disinfecting
  • General cleaning
  • Local outreach
  • Mucking out
  • Painting
  • Trash hauling

Local Outreach in Houston:

  • Doorstep visitation and prayer
  • Gospel literature distribution

** Key West and Puerto Rico Update:

Follow Hurricane Relief:

  • Click to find the latest reports on the work in:
  • Click here to find archived S.T.O.R.M. Report newsletters on hurricane relief

Contact:

Any and all questions may be directed to our Volunteer Coordinators. They look forward to hearing from you.

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