24 March 2021
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is here to equip Seventh-day Adventist Churches of the Greater Sydney Conference with the finances, resources and support necessary to respond to the needs of your community.
Underpinning anything that the church might do as an organised group, there are a couple of key points to note:
- Liaise with local council/lead agencies like the SES to ensure any response is coordinated to avoid duplication/hindrance (be a part of the broader response team)
- Request church members to register officially as a volunteer at adra.org.au/volunteer. This ensures you are all covered by insurance.
Ways to Serve:
- Church members could phone friends and family/door knock/check on their neighbours to see how they’re doing and if they need any support
- Provide food and/or water assistance to:
- People evacuated from their homes
- Volunteers with the SES/Fire Service, etc.
- Sand bagging (see who is already doing this and join an existing group who already has the resources i.e. bags, sand, sand hoppers)
- Provide care packs that have personal hygiene items e.g. shampoo to those displaced from their homes
- Open the doors of your church for displaced people to take refuge
- Once the flood waters recede, help with the clean-up e.g. clearing footpaths, gardens, homes
To apply for ADRA’s church grants:
Please outline the actions your church wishes to take to respond to the crisis in your local area. You can apply for ADRA funding by filling in a ADRA Church Grant form and liaising with your Conference ADRA Director for the transferral of funds.
For help contact Malcolm Rea, [email protected] or ADRA.