EDF Grants Support Brethren Disaster Ministries Projects in Virginia and Alabama

Two grants have been made from the church’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to fund Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding projects in Pulaski County, Va., and Arab, Ala.

Brethren Disaster Ministries requested an additional allocation of $20,000 to continue rebuilding work following two devastating tornadoes in Pulaski County, Va. The grant underwrites operational expenses related to volunteer support including housing, food, and travel expenses incurred on site, as well as volunteer training, tools, and equipment needed for rebuilding and repair.

Since late summer 2011, Brethren volunteers working in Pulaski area have given over 4,200 days of service, completed 10 new homes, and helped repair dozens more. This past spring, Brethren Disaster Ministries agreed to participate in a pilot project coupling its volunteer labor with block grant funds received by a local partner. With these projects well underway, it is anticipated that the last of the new buildings will be completed this fall.

Brethren Disaster Ministries requested an additional allocation of $9,000 to close out its work in Arab, Ala., following an EF 4 tornado that hit the town April 27. As of mid-summer, the program completed its response by repairing 28 homes and building 3 new homes for affected families. In total, over 370 volunteers served 2,690 days. While the project in Arab has been completed, this additional allocation covers project-related expenses that were missed in the final accounting.