DISASTER RESPONSE: Seeking Site Coordinators for North Carolina

Quick Facts

  • Trip Status: Open
  • Date: Foreseeable future, to serve for a period of weeks or months
  • Contact: David Nakhla at David.Nakhla@opc.org
  • Trip Costs: Costs covered
October 1, 2018

We are looking for Hurricane Relief Site Coordinators to serve in North Carolina, for anywhere from weeks to months.

Fred de Ru, who has served as a Site Coordinator for OPC Hurricane Relief in Houston, TX, provided the following overview of the role of Site Coordinator:

Helpful Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with people in a compassionate way
  • A reasonable understanding of each of the phases of construction
  • Prior volunteer work experience
  • Ability to manage volunteers, to recognize and work within their limitations and strengths
  • Flexible in expectations
  • Comfortable with both Christians and non-Christians
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage time well

Site Assessments/Inspections:

  • Meet with disaster victims, pray with them
  • Try to assess where they are spiritually if they are not families known to the church
  • Examine work that needs to be done
  • Prioritize the work
  • Determine costs for the work
  • Write report of assessment, send it to the local Disaster Response Committee
  • If needed, assess alternate housing options for disaster victims

Working with Disaster Victims:

  • Maintain open communication
  • Work with the disaster victim to prioritize projects
  • When not managing other volunteers, be a volunteer working on the project(s) yourself
  • Enlist the disaster victim into their own recovery efforts
  • Guide and counsel victim, as needed, in their choices of action, materials, design, etc.

Working with Volunteers:

  • Assign volunteers to jobs that would best utilize the individual’s talents
  • Maintain proper supervision of work being done by unskilled workers
  • Ensure all necessary tools and supplies are made available to volunteers
  • Regularly check on progress of each project, staying abreast of status until project is complete
  • Look for opportunities to share the Christian faith with disaster victims

Working with Local Disaster Response Committee:

  • Work with the committee to determine which projects should be done, at what priority, and with how much financial resources
  • Submit weekly reports to the committee of all work done
  • Gather testimonials from volunteers and victims to aid in reports

Costs:

  • The Site Coordinator will be reimbursed for his travel to and from the field
  • The Site Coordinator’s living expenses will be reimbursed while serving
  • The Site Coordinator is encouraged to bring his wife
  • The travel and living expenses of his wife will also be reimbursed
  • An additional allowance or stipend may be available

Local Transportation:

  • The Site Coordinator may be provided a truck for use in his labors

Contact:

Anyone interested, please contact:

David Nakhla
OPC Disaster Response Coordinator
David.Nakhla@opc.org
Cell 562-760-7606

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