Christian churches and nonprofits across the country are taking the lead in disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In fact, faith-based relief groups account for 75% of the aid delivered thus far, according to USA Today, and Greg Forrester, CEO of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
Despite the common assumption that the government is the mobilizing force in disaster relief, it’s faith-based nonprofits that have blazed the trail into affected areas and provided the critical manpower needed to respond to the immediate needs – with the assistance of FEMA and not the other way around.
“FEMA, they have been a big blessing to us, they’re an assistance to us,” said Luther Harrison, Vice President of North American Ministries at ECFA member organization Samaritan’s Purse. “For Hurricane Irma, the majority of our equipment has already been dispatched to Texas…so our office in Canada is bringing their equipment across the border, and FEMA was instrumental in helping us clear that with customs and getting all the paperwork done.”
ECFA Member organizations make up a large representation of these faith-based nonprofits who have had boots on the ground in the affected areas since day one. Over 50 organizations have shared their hurricane relief project needs on ECFA’s ServantMatch platform, allowing givers access to detailed giving and volunteer opportunities. Read more here about ECFA members and their significant work reaching those in need.