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For more information:

Pamela Burdine
(800) 728-7228, x5839
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Or write to
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202

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Volunteers will be needed in the coming months. Photo by Roberta Updegraff

Situation report
Oklahoma tornado response
Hospitality and local volunteers


PDA deployed National Response Team (NRT) members into Oklahoma shortly after the May 2013 tornadoes struck the state.  Part of their assignment was to begin the process of finding churches and other sites that are interested in hosting volunteer work teams.

Once this list is completed, another group of NRT members will go in and train, assess and assist sites that wish to become a PDA Volunteer Village.  This process, as usual, will probably take a couple of months.  One of the things that takes time is finding meaningful, case-managed work for our volunteers.  As you know, PDA is a long-term recovery responder, and it takes time to set up Long-Term Recovery Groups and for the groups to hire case managers, etc.

You can contact PDA’s National Call Center at (866) 732-6121 or email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org to register your interest in leading a work team to that area.  Your contact information will be taken, and you will receive an email when Volunteer Villages begin opening and case-managed volunteer work team opportunities become available.

In the interim, if you live close enough to make a day trip or if you have a place to stay without becoming a burden on the community’s already depleted resources, the following agencies have communicated that they can use volunteers to help with immediate needs such as cleanup, etc.  None of the agencies are directly affiliated with PDA, and each group has its own unique way of finding and assigning jobs. 

You can contact Samaritan's Purse at (405) 432-6737 or Urban Mission at (405) 946-1556 to learn about the immediate needs in Moore.  Or visit the links provided to learn more.

Samaritan’s Purse

United Way of Central Oklahoma

The City of Moore Recovers

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Upcoming Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Events

PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

PDA Advisory Committee

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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