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Van Use

Click here for information on use of the Lend A Hand van.

schedule

October 12– 17, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.

Lend A Hand was founded in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina, and has since achieved national respect and recognition.

Lend A Hand coordinates reliable transportation, labor, housing and meals for volunteers who want to help those who have lost homes or are suffering extraordinary hardship as the result of a disaster.

Often one of the most valuable things Lend A Hand volunteers can do is to listen. Victims of disaster need to tell their stories of loss, hardship and recovery to a sympathetic listener.

The new friends you make with other volunteers and with those you’re serving are just one of the many benefits of participating on a Lend A Hand work team.

Many (but not all) jobs require physical labor. Most volunteers eagerly jump in and take on any job which needs to be done, from demolition and rebuilding to general disaster clean-up.

news

DAY TRIPS New!
We have begun taking one day trips to the Shamokin area in order to help complete work in that area dating back to the Irene and Lee storms of 2011. We have taken several trips already and plan to take at least two more. The dates for these two trips will be Oct. 9 (Thursday) and Oct. 21 (Tuesday). There is no fee associated with these trips. If you are interested, please contact the office at 731-8888 or lendahnd@gmail.com.

DISCOUNT FOR REPEAT VOLUNTEERS TO NJ
The steering committee of Lend A Hand has decided to continue their discount for repeat volunteers to New Jersey. Those volunteers who have been on at least one NJ trip can deduct $50 from their application fee. If you are riding in the van to NJ, the cost will be $100 and if you are driving by yourself, the cost will be $50. We will continue this program as long as we are financially able to.

LEND A HAND FACEBOOK PAGE
The Lend A Hand Facebook page has been reactivated and updated. Check it out to see what's happening as well as pictures of our hard-working teams. Please like us on Facebook!

HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY ORIENTATION
A Hurricane Sandy Recovery Orientation sheet can be downloaded here or from the Register page to inform future travelers of the conditions and special issues to consider when submitting an application to volunteer.

PHOTOS FROM PT. PLEASANT BEACH, NJ
Click here for a photo gallery of Lend A Hand's work at Point Pleasant Beach.

OFFICE HOURS
Because Lend A Hand is entirely staffed by volunteers, a person is not often present at the office. Messages left on the answering system are usually returned within 24 hours. We will respond to e-mails and phone messages as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. If applying to go on a trip, trip receipts and other materials will be mailed soon after receiving the application and check. The office is open from 9 to 4 daily, Monday thru Friday and things can be dropped off or picked up by talking to Suzi, the Presbytery’s Administrative Assistant.

VAN AVAILBLE FOR CONGREGATION USE
Lend A Hand has 2 passenger vans. For our trips to New Jersey, each van can accommodate 11 passengers and their luggage. When the van is not being used by Lend A Hand, it will be made available to any congregation's Session- or Administrative Council-approved field trip or youth program at a recommended donation of $50 per day.

RESTORING HOMES AND RENEWING LIVES ARE AT THE CORE OF OUR EFFORTS. Moreover, such trips enrich our volunteers as they continue on their individual ‘spiritual/faith journeys’ of doing God’s work among those affected by disaster. Your financial support makes our efforts possible. You are invited to join with us on future trips. View our website for dates and trip details.

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I didn’t know if I’d be useful, but there’s a job for everyone.
Leanne, 1st-time Lend A Hand volunteer

There are people in trouble and I can help
Robert, 8-time Lend A Hand volunteer

The week I spent working as a Lend A Hand volunteer made a hugh difference in peoples’ lives… especially mine.
Lisa, 3-time Lend A Hand volunteer