Hurricane Relief

UPDATE:

Hurricane Irma

LOCAL MISSIONS: COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
If you (or one of your neighbors) are unable to clean-up your yard debris resulting from Irma’s visit, please contact Jim Custer (843-364-7583) on the Local Missions Team and we will work to arrange a team from the congregation to rake, chop, and help you get debris out to the curb on the morning of Saturday, September 23.

MPPC Clean-Up Team volunteers will be needed for the morning of Saturday, September 23. If you can help friends and neighbors for a few hours on a Saturday morning, bring your own rakes and yard tools and be sure to let Jim Custer know that you will help.

HARVEY
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IRMA
Information from the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

Dial 2-1-1 for Help Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma
SC 2-1-1 is working in collaboration with Crisis Cleanup to connect homeowners with post-storm services. South Carolina residents who need help with debris removal, mud-out and other clean-up services due to Hurricane Irma should call 2-1-1.

Homeowners are linked with reputable and vetted relief agencies that assist in chainsaw work and debris clearing, as they are available. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the availability of volunteer teams. These relief agencies have been involved with recovery efforts in the state assisting after the October 2015 Floods and Hurricane Matthew. As members of VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters), these organizations are committed to effective delivery of services to communities after a disaster. We encourage organizations to register with Crisis Cleanup to identify need in your local area.

Anyone needing debris removal may call 2-1-1 on weekdays between 8:00 am and 5pm to get entered into the Crisis Cleanup system. Individuals searching for other general information on disaster resources can call the three-digit telephone number, 2-1-1, from a landline or mobile phone; search the website http://www.SC211.org; or use the app. The SC 2-1-1 app is available for download in Google Play and the App Store. It is free to download and free to use.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Hurricane Irma clean-up, but not affiliated with an organization, should go to www.VolunteerSC.org. Organizations looking for additional help will post opportunities and seek volunteers. Most organizations require volunteers to undergo background checks and training to ensure the safety of survivors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 2-1-1?
2-1-1 is an easy to remember, three digit telephone number that connects people with important community services to meet everyday needs and the immediate needs of people in crisis. It is a resource for finding assistance in your local community and can offer information on:

Affordable high quality child care and after-school care
Counseling and support groups
Health services
Food, clothing, and housing
Services for seniors and the disabled
2-1-1 is available statewide.

How is United Way involved with 2-1-1?
United Ways have a long-standing commitment to fund information and referral (I&R) services in their communities. As a result of this commitment, in 2000, the United Way of Association of South Carolina began exploring the possibilities of a 2-1-1 system. A 2-1-1 task force submitted an application to the Budget and Control Board for designation of the three-digit number to be used for health and human services information, referral, and volunteer opportunities. The Budget and Control Board designated the United Way Association of South Carolina as the “holder” of the 2-1-1 number. In 2000, United Way of America was designated as the national holder of the 2-1-1 number. United Ways in South Carolina host the 2-1-1 service and provide the information on local resources used to connect callers and meet their needs.

How does 2-1-1 work?
Callers simply dial 2-1-1 for information on vital services in their local community. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, everyday. Multilingual call specialists are ready to help you find the resources and services you need.

How can my agency listing be in the 2-1-1 directory?
Governmental agencies, community-based and faith-based organizations, coalitions, support services, and other groups are invited to join SC 2-1-1 by listing your resources in our directory. It’s easy to get started, just create an account and click Add a new resource record or download the Agency Application Form and mail or email it in to jesus.caldera@sc211.info. It will then be reviewed to ensure that your agency meets SC 2-1-1 inclusion standards found in our South Carolina Inclusion/Exclusion Policy.

How can I reach 2-1-1 from my cell phone?
If you call from a mobile/cell phone, you will need to use the toll-free number: 1-866-892-9211.

How can I reach 2-1-1 from work?
If you call from work and cannot reach 2-1-1, try using the toll-free number (1-866-892-9211). Then ask the person in charge of your phone system to program the 2-1-1 number into your PBX system.

What is I&R?
Information and Referral (I&R) is the practice of bringing people and services together. When individuals, families and communities don’t know where to turn, I&R is there for them.

There are thousands of I&R service agencies operated by non-profit and government organizations throughout the United States. These I&R services answer millions of calls annually. I&R services are responsible for connecting callers with opportunities to get and give help through more than 1.6 million health and human service providers, government agencies, and community-based service organizations in the United States.

I&R agencies maintain comprehensive databases of resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private non-profit agencies, faith and community based organizations, schools, libraries and neighborhood and civic organizations. The comprehensive I&R agency often maintains this data for the specialized centers in the community and makes it available on the Internet, in other electronic forms, and through paper directories and handbooks.

I&R specialists are skilled professionals. They assess callers’ needs and help the caller determine their options and the best course of action in a non-threatening, non-judgmental and confidential manner. Additionally, I&R specialists are trained to determine whether a caller may be eligible for other programs, to intervene in crisis situations, and to advocate on behalf of the caller who may need additional assistance.

What is the difference between 911, 311, 411, etc.?
Among abbreviated dialing arrangements, “N11” codes are three-digit codes of which the first digit can be any digit other than 1 or 0, and the last two digits are both one. There are only eight possible N11 codes, making N11 codes among the scarcest of numbering resources. The following are existing N11 code assignments:

2-1-1: Community information and referral services
3-1-1: Non-emergency municipal government services
4-1-1: Directory assistance
5-1-1: Traffic and transportation information
6-1-1: Telephone company customer service and repair
7-1-1: Telecom Relay Services for the deaf and hard of hearing
8-1-1: Underground public utility location
9-1-1: Emergency services