Disaster Relief – Pictured Rocks District

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Iowans are still working to overcome the natural disaster from the derecho last August. Almost a year later, we still have over 500 homes in the Cedar Rapids area that need chainsaw work and repairs. Due to a lack of insurance, or being underinsured, many of our neighbors are just not able to overcome this setback without the help of God’s people.

The Pictured Rocks District (f/k/a East Central District) Disaster Coordinators are organizing a work blitz week for July 16th-21st. Volunteers are needed for chainsaw work, cleanup, and rehabbing damage in homes.

You’re invited to participate either as a day worker or arrangements have been made to house overnight volunteers at St. Paul’s UMC. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. Meals will be provided for overnight volunteers at a cost of $15 per day, plus a $10 overnight fee for the hosting church, and a one-time fee of $10 for a special T-shirt. Overnight volunteers will be sleeping on Sunday school room floors, so you will be responsible for your own bedding, mattress, etc.

Day workers will have a one-time charge of $10 for the T-shirt, and they are asked to bring their own lunches.

All chainsaw cutters must be UMCOR certified. We will be training and certifying for chainsaw cutting on Friday night, July 16th, and Sunday night, July 18th. You need only attend one training to be certified. Training will be from 6 to 8 either night at St. Paul’s UMC. All chainsaw cutters must provide their own personal chainsaws.

You may bring your own tools, but our disaster trailers are stocked with all the tools you should need.

All volunteers must fill out a registration form on the following website:; just click into the link from the home page. Registration must be turned in at the time of registration as you are checking into the blitz event on your first day. Please provide one original and one copy of each registration. If you’re a day worker working more than one day, you need only turn in the registration on your first day. All day workers must be checked in to St. Paul’s UMC by 8 AM. The work day on site will be 9 AM-4 PM.

Send an E-mail to to volunteer and/or to attend a chainsaw certification.