GRANVILLE — The Granville UCC Mission Team will return to St. Augustine, Fla., for a week of disaster recovery Feb. 3-11. The team worked a week last year in St. Augustine, helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The recovery from Matthew was still under way when most of Florida was hit with Hurricane Irma.
The Granville UCC (United Church of Christ) Mission Team formed in response to Hurricane Katrina. The team made six trips to Biloxi, Miss., to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. After Biloxi, the team worked in Joplin, Mo., after they were devastated by a tornado and Moore, Okla., after a tornado damaged that town.
The Granville UCC Mission Team is an ecumenical group of volunteers sponsored by the Granville United Church of Christ. The team consists of a few core members who are joined by a variety of other volunteers, varying from year to year. Adults of all faiths are welcome to join the team. All skill levels are encouraged to join the group, there is always plenty of work to do.
Typical work done is hanging, taping and sanding drywall, painting, framing, and whatever else needs to be done. The work is coordinated locally by various organizations. Typically, volunteers are supplied by the churches from across the country. Local churches supply housing. The Granville UCC Mission Team is funded through donations from local civic and religious organizations and individual donations. If you would like to donate or join the team, call Granville United Church of Christ and speak with the Rev. Ron McNeill at 815-339-2305.