2020 has presented us with many challenges. Our organization of volunteers and donors have been built on face-to-face relationships and fundraising. Navigating a global pandemic with social distancing expectations and a nationwide shortage of lumber has been a challenge for planning this year, but in the end, the Lords work will continue. He is greater than the circumstances we all face.
We appreciate your patience as we’ve done our best to be conscious and respectful of valid health concerns. After weeks of deliberation and prayer, we can now officially announce our plans to return to Hamburg Iowa for our winter disaster relief project.
Last year, we met Amy–a single mother who was providing 24/7 in-home care for her grandmother. The Iowa floods destroyed her grandmothers home, leaving Amy and her children homeless, and without a steady source of income. We heard her story, and knew our organization would possibly return to assist her in her search for a place to raise her children.
We were not the only ones who wanted to help Amy. A local Junior High School had a vision of assisting her with a project of their own. The building trades program was equipped with a willingness and tools to lead a service project of their own. These projects are a considerable task for anyone, let alone a group of Junior High students and school faculty during a global pandemic . We realized that OFOP’s expertise and experience with volunteer builds complemented the school’s abilities, and could provide assistance with some of challenges they were facing.
We have officially teamed up with the school to help raise the funds needed, and provide guidance and volunteer assistance to complete the task. The build will look much like it does on a normal year. We will be working behind the scenes to have a safe and comfortable place for volunteers to stay, and encourage all those who have participated in our builds (and even those who have not yet) to come and participate.
The build will once again begin the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 30th), and will conclude just a few short days after it all begins (December 11th). We need all hands on deck to respond to this call for help.
Building materials have significantly increased in price, so we need donors to consider ways to help make this happen in an extremely challenging year.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing volunteer housing, and our decisions on moving forward with our normal fundraisers, including the annual OFOP auction.
Once again, we appreciate your patience, and ask for your continued prayer. We have seen miracles happen in year’s past, and we know that if we strive to keep the focus on Christ, God will provide the funds and volunteers to complete this incredible task.
Stay tuned for more announcements! We look forward to seeing you all in Hamburg, November 30th-December 11th!