Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
site leaders help make recovery possible
“Week of Compassion is here for the long haul.” “There are partners who will be the first in. Disciples will be the last to leave.” “It’s been years since the storm, and your groups are still here, doing the work that needs to be done.” Long-term recovery is easy to overlook – once the cameras are gone, and the urgency of storm relief subsides, it is the long, slow, careful completion of each step that helps families really recover, that moves families into safe and secure houses, where they can make true homes.
Disaster Site Leaders are the foundation of disaster recovery volunteering.
These trained leaders serve on mission sites coordinated by Week of Compassion, as liaisons between volunteer teams and rebuild partners; preparing volunteer teams and keeping job sites going; and representing Disciples and our ecumenical partners as part of disaster recovery in a community. Week of Compassion invests deeply in these long-term volunteers, knowing that time, talent, and resources can transform communities in meaningful ways. (Meet some of Week of Compassion’s long-term volunteers in this feature from last year.)
hear from Steve Huston about being a Site Leader
In January, Week of Compassion will host a joint Leadership Training with our partners at Brethren Disaster Ministries. The training is for people who have a heart for service, enjoy working on-site with volunteer groups, and are eager to walk alongside communities recovering from disasters in the U.S. Typically, Site Leaders serve on-site for 3-12 weeks of their choosing (or for single weeks, if local).
During the training, leaders will learn to support disaster recovery and become certified to lead on-site projects with Week of Compassion in one of two ways
Training is two-part event:
Week of Compassion is striving to increase the accessibility of our training. Transportation to and from the hands-on training site will be covered, along with food and lodging for the week, and Site Leaders receive a weekly stipend, while having opportunities to serve vulnerable communities, build skills, and learn innovative solutions to support community resilience.
When a community is recovering from a disaster, volunteers bring hope. A good volunteer site requires a good recovery site leader - to coordinate with local partners, to guide construction, and to teach and encourage volunteers.
If you have a heart for service and a willingness to lead, we can teach you the rest. Be part of the Week of Compassion Core Crew - and help transform suffering into hope.
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