(Oneida, NY – June 2012) Volunteers and donors from all over Central New York have stepped up to complete an extremely unique and large-scale project. The team transformed a 44-foot semi trailer into a mobile shower facility for disaster relief volunteers. The shower will be temporarily stationed in Middleburgh in Schoharie Countt but will be able to travel all over the country in the wake of natural disasters.

The multi-community mobile shower facility is almost complete and is expected to be in use in Middleburgh by June 12. The cost of the project was nearly $35,000 and the group is still in need of about $8,000 to cover materials that have yet to be paid for.

A dedicated group of volunteers is working hard to complete the project, which is nearly finished with sinks and final trim work being installed.

The group is still in desperate need of donations to pay for the cost of materials.

Many supplies were generously donated, such as the tile floor donated completely by Smith’s Decorating in Oneida and the trailer itself donated by CT Express in Durhamville. Among the many donors are The Gorman Foundation; the Oneida Rotary Club; and many of the churches in the Upper New York Conference. The organization thanks all donors that made this project possible and will formally recognize donors as well as try to raise the remaining funds at the “Roll Out” event scheduled for June 9 at 2pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Oneida.

Visit www.oneidastpaulsumc.org and click on “Shower Trailer Project” to view photos of the project.

Roll Out

We had so much fun at the “Roll In” in January, we couldn’t help but do it again and showcase all of the work that has gone into the trailer! Please join us 2 pm June 9 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, located at 551 Sayles St. in Oneida, NY. We will recognize donors as well as offer tours of the completed facility. Then, the trailer will ceremoniously “roll out” to head towards its first stop in Middleburgh where disaster volunteers are currently working on flood relief.

Change the World Walkathon

On its way to Middleburgh, the shower trailer will make a brief stop at Earlville United Methodist Church for a fun fundraising event. The Change the World Walkathon is a 3-mile walk to raise awareness and funds for this important project June 10 at 2 p.m. For more information on the walkathon or to register, visit http://www.epfumc.org or contact Joelle Faulks at joellefaulks@gmail.com or 315-569-2173.

A critical need

A mobile shower facility is a critical need for the Northeast. Greg Forrester, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Coordinator for the Northeast Jurisdiction said, “This is an important project and we can’t wait for it to be completed. The closest shower trailer is located in Georgia. There are none in the entire Northeast.”

In the wake of a disaster, many churches, community centers, and organizations step up to house volunteer crews. While many of these organizations can house and feed volunteers, few, if any, have the capacity to provide shower facilities. This seemingly insignificant detail can delay critical relief weeks or even months.

Currently, the main volunteer center for Hurricane Irene relief is located in Middleburgh in Schoharie County. The only showers available to volunteers are one janitor’s closet where volunteers use a showerhead attached to the janitor’s sink and one garden hose outfitted outside.

Hurricane Katrina made national news for months and even years after the devastation of the Gulf Coast. What many in our own community don’t know is that similar circumstances exist right here in New York State, especially in the Southern Tier.

There are currently 42,000 applicants from New York State for post-flood FEMA assistance and only a portion of those applicants will receive funds. Many are living in homes in desperate need of major repairs but cannot afford to rebuild or repair. Many volunteers from across the state and the country have stepped up to help.

If you would like more information on the project or any of the above events, please contact Abbey Dieteman at (315) 264-3410 or abbey.woodcock@gmail.com or visitwww.oneidastpaulsumc.org and click on “Shower Trailer Project”

Checks and other donations can be made out to St. Paul’s UMC, 551 Sayles Street, Oneida, NY 13421, Attn: Shower Trailer Project. Be sure to write Shower Trailer Project in the memo line of the check.


By martha

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