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Lutheran Congregational Services is proud to be part of the Greater Philadelphia Long Term Recovery Committee. With our partners, our goal is to help victims of Hurricane Maria who have relocated to the Greater Philadelphia area.

To make a donation to support Hurricane Maria evacuees in the Greater Philadelphia region, please click here make a gift on our secure site.

If you need assistance, including links to important resources, or for more information on the committee, please visit the GPLTRC’s main site at SEPAVoad.com/long-term-recovery.

For informationon prepardness during Hurrican Season, please download the official FEMA PDF HERE.

LCS and Lutheran Disaster Response are also working with agencies in Reading and the Lehigh Valley area to assist evacuees who are seeking assistance in those areas.

Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern Pennsylvania (LDR–EPA), a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services, is the agency designated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response program to oversee disaster preparedness and response for Lutherans in 24 counties of eastern Pennsylvania.

LDR–EPA works with congregations, local and federal agencies, and community organizations to help prepare for and respond to natural or human-caused disasters such as large apartment fires, severe storms, or terror attacks.

Additionally, through funding provided by ELCA, LDR-EPA has designed and implemented Disaster Spiritual Partners, a unique intiative that teaches pastors about the stages of disaster recovery, ways to best serve their community, and how to care for themselves while working in challenging situations.

LDR-EPA's depth of experience in long-term recovery and wide network of disaster partners enables us to efficiently connect survivors with the appropriate resources, coordinate a corps of volunteers to assist with recovery, and provide congregations with the training and resources needed to best serve impacted communities.

To make a donation to LDR-EPA, please visit our secure site.

For more information on preparedness and how you can volunteer your time, please see below.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsHoliday Challenge

    Lutheran Disaster Repsonse - Eastern Pennsylvania, a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services, is getting ready for the holidays and we're asking for your help as we prepare to make this wonderful season special for families in need.

    LCS Holidays Match Challenge:  1000 Gifts and $10,000!

    For every 100 gifts given from the list below (and reported out to LCS), LCS will donate $1,000 to meet rental assistance needs of Hurricane Maria evacuees here in Pennsylvania (up to $10,000). We're asking for our partners to:

    • Assemble Cleanup Buckets
    • Assemble School Kits
    • Collect Winter Coats
    • Adopt a Family for Christmas

    Our goal is together, to gift 1000 items and $10,000.

    Click here for a full list of items for each effort and information on how you can get involved and drop off items.

    You can find a downloadable flyer for your congregation or group here.

    Please contact Julia Menzo at jmenzo@libertylutheran.org for any questions related to this campaign.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsCamp Noah 2019

    Camp Noah will be held from August 19 to 23 at the New Creation Church in Philadelphia with the mission of helping children affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    Click here to see the list of way to get involved!

    Organized nationally by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Camp Noah works with local organizations and community groups across the country that want to serve children in their area by helping them to develop resiliency and preparedness skills. Campers will range in age from 6 to 13.

    Interested in Volunteering? You've found the right place to start!

    Ready to volunteer? Start here!

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsPreparedness Plans

    We recommend individuals and congregations develop their own preparedness plans.

    Click here to see Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guidebook.

    Check out our Congregation Preparation Form.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsVolunteer Opportunities with Lutheran Disaster Response

    Lutheran Disaster Response–Eastern PA (LDR-EPA) develops and maintains a database of potential volunteers, congregations, agencies and resources, which is made available for response to disasters in our region and possibly other parts of the country. 
    Click here for volunteer opportunities.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsHelping Across the Nation

    If you would like to learn about disaster relief opportunities across the nation.

    Click here for disaster response volunteer opportunities in Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia

    Click here for disaster response volunteer opportunities related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


    Lutheran Congregational Services provides this information as a resource for those wishing to volunteer for disaster response.  It is our hope that this information results in meaningful service opportunities.  Please be aware these listings are not volunteer opportunities with Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern Pa.  Neither Lutheran Congregational Services nor Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern Pa assumes liability for your participation in any of these opportunities.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsTips for a Power Outage

    During times of major weather events, be it extreme heat, powerful storms, or severe winter weather, there is always the likelihood of power outages caused by downed tree limbs or power lines.
    In the event of a power outage, make sure you:
    • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
    • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
    • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsGive or Recieve Help with Local Flooding in Pennsylvania

    Do you know someone who experienced property damage in recent August flooding? Would you or your congregation be able to assist families affected?

    Get help: While areas along north and central portions of the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Rivers have been hit hardest, there are areas in Delaware, Philadelphia and Chester Counties that are also experiencing flooding. Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends through August 31.

    Give help: Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern PA is working with other agencies to organize work crews to assist.

    For more information contact: Julia Menzo, Director of Community Outreach, Liberty Lutheran/Lutheran Congregational Services, jmenzo@libertylutheran.org

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