Young volunteers learn from experienced volunteers how to operate equipment

On God’s Work Our Hands Day 2022, Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA hosted a day of skills acquisition for those interested in “getting their feet wet” for any kind of service work related to basic home repairs. 

Heidi Shilanskas from St. Marks Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, coordinated the day, held at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA’s offices in Allentown. 

The mission team from Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, led by Dave Owens, coordinated the mini workshops on laying flooring, painting, framing, and basics of power tools. The Trinity mission team makes it a point to regularly volunteer their services in various parts of the country and this past spring they shared their expertise with families in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia as survivors there recovery from flooding after Tropical Storm Isaias in 2020. 

Volunteers of all ages were welcome as there are rebuild opportunities available for young people through Appalachian Service Project and Youth Build, and disaster response opportunities adults through Lutheran Disaster Response. 

Heidi made sure to get even the youngest among us engaged by making and painting birdhouses with them! Even birds need a little help sometimes!

Training Day Lessons Teach Valuable Life Skills

Anyone interested in helping with disaster recovery from Hurricane Ida or Tropical Storm Isaias can contact Sharon Sgriccia at [email protected] for information on getting involved. 

Volunteers save thousands of dollars in labor costs when rebuilding homes impacted by flooding and tornados. We welcome your support and participation! 

Thank you Northeastern Penn Synod of the ELCA for allowing us to hold this event on your campus; we had a great day! 

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