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NEW YORK — The Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, disaster response coordinator for the New York Annual (regional) Conference, is looking for volunteers within the New York area to help with cleanup and the distribution of cleaning buckets after Hurricane Sandy.
“For the next 20 to 36 hours, we are mobilizing volunteers and positioning ourselves both with human resources and flood buckets to begin serious relief work, if not this weekend, early next week,” he told United Methodist News Service Thursday morning.
The conference is unable to accept volunteers from outside the region for this initial work because of problems with power and transportation. “We don’t have the logistics to host any volunteers coming out of the state at the moment,” Ewoodzie explained, adding that no overnight volunteer stays are possible at this time.
He encouraged potential volunteers to fill out the quick form on the New York Conference website detailing their availability. “That is important for us to place you,” he said.
Volunteers also can call 917-615-2233 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 917-615-2233 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.
Ewoodzie said he was bringing in 500 to 800 cleaning buckets from the Mission Central resource center of the Susquehanna Conference in Pennsylvania. He was looking at possible distribution points today, including the Coop City apartment complex in the Bronx, a mission center in Far Rockaway, Queens, Church of the Village in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan and Madison Avenue United Methodist Church on the east side of Manhattan.
On Wednesday, Ewoodzie visited Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, near the South Shore of Long Island, where a falling tree put a hole in the roof. The conference has dispatched a chainsaw crew to the church today to help remove the tree, he said. 10:50 a.m. Nov. 1, Linda Bloom, UMNS
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