WILLIAMSON, W.Va. –The Episcopal Diocese of West Virgina, in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development, and Stump Chapel Church have joined with other West Virginia VOAD members to help repair a bridge in Braxton County that was affected by the June 23, 2016 flood. The bridge serves at least 3 families, and the completion of it will allow needed access for emergency services and for heating fuel for the upcoming winter.
Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia’s Assistant Bishop, Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering said “So much of our work in mission is about building relationships – bridges between people and communities. Sometimes such also requires physical structures. Our prayers are that this bridge will provide to those who build it and those who use it hope, grace and support as they reach out to others and God’s broader creation,” In total, the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has donated $10,000 to the West Virginia VOAD’s Bridge Project, and an additional $1,000 from Stump Chapel Church will completely repair this bridge.
Construction is set to start the week of Thanksgiving, and will be done by Mennonite Disaster Services, who has been a strong and active partner of the WV VOAD Bridge Project, constructing all but three of the past bridges. The WV VOAD Bridge Project has been actively coordinating bridge repairs and rebuilds since 2015, and to this date, has completed 36 bridges across the state. For more information about the Bridge Project, and to see bridges constructed in the past, please go to https://wvvoad.org/bridge-project/ .
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West Virginia VOAD is a humanitarian association of independent organizations that is active in all phases of disaster and recovery. Its mission 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 in the four phases of disaster: Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.
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