EDF Grant Supports Brethren Disaster Rebuilding Site in Virginia

Photo by Jim White
Three volunteers help rebuild a house in Pulaski, VA.

A grant of $30,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) continues support for a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in Pulaski County, Va. This is an additional allocation for the project site, with previous allocations totaling $30,000.

The Brethren rebuilding effort follows two devastating tornadoes in the towns of Pulaski and Draper, Va. Since late summer 2011, more than over 400 volunteers have completed five new homes and helped repair dozens more according to the grant request.

The grant will underwrite operational expenses related to volunteer support, including housing, food, and travel expenses incurred onsite as well as volunteer training, tools, and equipment needed for rebuilding and repair.

Recently Brethren Disaster Ministries was asked to participate in a pilot project coupling its volunteer labor with block grant funds received by a local partner organization. The request includes the need to build three more homes for disaster survivors. Brethren Disaster Ministries anticipates that with the current caseload and upcoming projects, work will continue at the Pulaski County site through the summer.