Organizations complete cottage for Rainelle flood survivor


This Rainelle flood survivor has moved into his new home!

He and his mother escaped four feet of rushing water in their former home during the June 2016 flood and the residence was destroyed. He’s been assisted by the Disaster Case Management Program, and he donated part of his property to provide homesites for two other flood survivors.

Many thanks to Appalachia Service ProjectCatholic Charities West Virginia, the West Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Disaster Relief Fund and the Greater Greenbrier Long-Term Recovery Committee for helping build and fund his new home.

Volunteers from PA, NY team up to repair Webster County home



Volunteers often travel long distances to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts here in West Virginia.

A volunteer crew made up of people from several states teamed up in April to make major repairs on the flood-damaged home of a senior citizen in Webster County. The woman’s home sustained damage in the June 2016 flood, and recovery efforts were delayed several times.

Through the coordination of WV VOAD and the Disaster Case Management Program, volunteers from Pennsylvania and New York spent about a week on site and finished the repairs. Special thanks to Catholic Charities West Virginia for funding the project!

Voluntary organizations complete pedestrian bridge for Kanawha County family


     An extended family in Clendenin once again has safe access to their property after it sustained major damage in the June 2016 flood.

     Family members had two bridges on their property to get back and forth to several homes. Both bridges were severely damaged in the flood. With coordination by the WV VOAD Bridge Project and funding from several member agencies, they have received a new pedestrian bridge and repairs to a vehicular bridge, allowing them to safely travel to and from their homes.

     Many organizations provided donations and volunteer labor, including the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Kanawha County Long-Term Recovery Committee, Community Lutheran Partners, the United Way, Team Orwigsburg and Mennonite Disaster Service. Thanks to all those who helped!

Team O is back in WV helping families rebuild

Team Orwigsburg, a nonprofit group from Pennsylvania, is in West Virginia this week installing two prefabricated bridges for flood survivors in Clay County. With funding from WV VOAD, the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church and the United Way of Central West Virginia, Team O volunteers spent weekends building the bridges in the Bartush Signs warehouse in Orwigsburg. Their volunteer crew hauled the spans to West Virginia April 11 and are installing them now. With funding from the United Methodist conference and the Kanawha County Long-Term Recovery Committee, Team O also will replace the decking on a flood-damaged bridge in Kanawha County. This is the second year Team O has collaborated with WV VOAD to replace private access bridges destroyed in the June 2016 flood. We are so grateful for Team O’s commitment to West Virginia and all the donors, volunteers and case managers who make the Bridge Project possible!

Voluntary organizations complete bridge project in Kanawha County


Volunteers have completed this beautiful bridge in Elkview, Kanawha County for a family who lost the access bridge to their home in the June 2016 flood. Funded by Community Lutheran Partners and built by volunteer crews from Mennonite Disaster Service, this is the 51st bridge completed by the WV VOAD Bridge Project. We are so thankful to all those who helped and so excited for these residents who finally have safe passage to and from their home!

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