WILLIAMSON – Last week, West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and the Long Term Recovery Group teamed up with seven men from the Troutman Baptist Church in N.C. to repair roofs for families in Williamson, Marrowbone and other areas of W.Va. whose homes were damaged by Winter Storm Thor.
Heavy snow and flooding earlier this year left homes all over W.Va. in disrepair. In four days, the Troutman Baptist Group replaced shingles and metal on the roofs of five homes in Lincoln and Mingo County. In addition to roofing work, the group repaired leaky ceilings with fresh sheet rock in three of the five homes. With roofs and ceilings that now provide shelter, these five families can return to life as it was before the storms.
Jenny Gannaway, State Chair for WV VOAD said, “We have 21 homes that we still need to help. We started with over 90. We have another team out working this week.”
When the group from Troutman Baptist was asked why they left their families and jobs in NC to volunteer in W.Va., the group explained, “We want to help people who are in these situations but in helping them, we want to show them the love of Christ.”
West Virginia VOAD is a humanitarian association of independent organizations that may be active in all phases of disaster. The Mission of WV VOAD is to identify unmet needs and facilitate efficient streamlined service delivery to those imperiled or impacted by disaster while eliminating duplication of effort through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration in the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.
W.Va. is a state chapter of the National VOAD. Gannaway explained that the WV VOAD works in all areas of the state to help people recover long after disaster.
“We partner with Greg Goolsby, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Mingo County, to locate people who filled out forms during the disaster,” Gannaway said.
“We work on large and small projects and we are always looking for volunteer teams and groups,” Gannaway continued.
To learn more about WV VOAD and volunteer opportunities visit wvvoad.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)