New England volunteers help with recovery in Florida

January 05, 2018

By Ed Scott, a freelance writer based in Venice, FL, for the Florida Conference UMC

The sheer size of Irma and the massive destruction it left behind in September can lead some to forget that current disaster recovery volunteer teams are actually working on helping survivors of three storms: 2016’s Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and 2017’s Irma.

Recently, two volunteer teams came to Pasco County to help two Hermine survivors. The Northeast team members included Barbara Burnside, Jill Peters, Laura Puckett and John Chickering. Burnside, of North Andover, Mass., is disaster response and missions coordinator with the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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