GRANVILLE — In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Nearly 3,000 people died — more than 60 in the hurricane and the rest from the crippling of health, power, water and other systems for months after the storm.
The Granville United Church of Christ (UCC) Mission Team will be working in Puerto Rico Feb. 9-15, 2020. The Granville UCC Mission Team was founded in response to Hurricane Katrina. The Mission Team spends one week each year helping to rebuild homes damaged in natural disasters. The Mission Team is an ecumenical group of adults based in the Illinois Valley, but with members traveling from other states. They have responded to disasters in Biloxi, Miss., Joplin, Mo., Moore, Okla., St. Augustine, Fla., and Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Granville UCC Mission Team is funded through donations and needs help with the additional expenses for this year’s trip. Donations can be sent to: Granville UCC, P.O. Box 158, Granville, IL 61326.
There is room for more volunteers to work in Puerto Rico. If you would like to help rebuild Puerto Rico, contact the Rev. Ron McNeill at 815-339-2305.
While much progress has been made since Maria first made landfall, many people are still struggling to get enough food, access social services, like health care, and cope with the emotional stress of losing homes and loved ones. It will take years for the island to fully recover.
The UCC has contributed substantial funding to the joint UCC-IEUPR project of restoring Maria-damaged homes, especially the repair of roofs (105 in all as of August), and has helped recruit volunteers (420 in all as of August).