Disaster Recovery Coalition
United Way of Wyoming Valley immediately created a Flood Relief Fund, which raised approximately $53,000 and was distributed to local community programs to support those immediate needs. See the complete list of agencies funded through this process.
In order to meet the emerging long term recovery need of survivors, the Disaster Recovery Coalition of Luzerne County was formed in September. Since its inception, United Way of Wyoming Valley has taken a major leadership role. As Chair of the Coalition, United Way has been instrumental in its success and as a collaborator for emerging needs of people affected by the September 2011 Flooding. Meeting weekly, the Coalition has engaged representatives from various faith communities, secular agencies, and government agencies in Luzerne County. Organizations involved in the efforts of the Coalition include:
- United Way of Wyoming Valley (Chair)
- Family Service Association/Help Line (Vice-Chair)
- The Luzerne Foundation (Treasurer/Fiscal Agent)
- American Red Cross (Secretary)
- Catholic Social Services
- Commission on Economic Opportunity
- Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council
- Habitat for Humanity
- IBEW Local 163
- Keystone Konnection
- Lutheran Disaster Response
- PA Department of Labor & Industry
- Presbytery of Lackawanna
- The Salvation Army
- Shickshinny Forward
- Susquehanna Conference United Methodist
Starting in January 2012, case managers began contacting households affected by the disasters to evaluate and develop a plan for rebuilding. Individuals were identified to begin casework, and the Coalition continues to work with individuals to help them rebuild their lives.
The mission of the Coalition is a “coordinated & collaborative volunteer effort in times of disaster to respond to immediate & ongoing human comfort, financial & long term recovery needs.” The mission is being completed through the coordination of Case Management, Volunteer, and Construction Coordination.
Whether you have been affected by the disaster or looking to lend a helping hand, contact Help Line at 1.888.829.1341 and ask for Disaster Recovery.