June 12: Join the Bucket Brigade to support wildfire response

June 03, 2021 | by Will Ebeler

June 12: Join the Bucket Brigade to support wildfire response

VOLUNTEER ALERT!! Volunteers are needed to help form a “Bucket Brigade” to assemble wildfire buckets, June 12th between 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm at the Conference Center in West Sacramento (1350 Halyard Dr., West Sacramento, CA 95691). Registration is closing next week and there are only a few slots remaining, so sign up now! Please see the registration form here for more information.

As the Disaster Response Ministry prepares for response in this year’s wildfire season in Northern California and Nevada, churches throughout the Conference have been assembling wildfire buckets--kits of personal protective equipment and small tools to be given to fire survivors as they ready themselves to return to their property. Survivors can use the tools in a fire bucket to search through the ashes of a destroyed home to find any remaining valuables: wedding rings, coin collections, and other irreplaceable items of sentimental value. If requested by the homeowner, an Early Response Team is also available to accompany the family or individual to their property, providing emotional and spiritual care as the work is done.

“The 2020 fire season saw the Disaster Response Team giving out wildfire buckets or Personal Protective Equipment as quickly as the supplies and kits were being put together,” said Sonja Edd-Bennett, Director of Disaster Response Ministry for the California-Nevada Conference. “Last year we ran out of supplies before all of the survivors had come through the Local Assistance Center. We are hoping to start the 2021 fire season with at least 500 buckets, though we have storage room for at least 1,000.” Edd-Bennett continued.

Thanks to the generous donations of several churches from throughout the California-Nevada Conference and from other Conferences, the Disaster Response Ministry has the materials at the Conference Office to put together about 200 Fire, and on June 12 we are inviting volunteers together to help assemble them in an old-fashioned bucket brigade.

As the state starts to open up, we are excited about the opportunity to see each other face to face. This will hopefully be the first of many in-person gatherings held at locations throughout the Conference, so if you are unable to attend, please contact us and we can be sure to let you know about any upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to contribute to the Conference response efforts in another way, please consider donating to the disaster response fund. Any money we receive will go directly towards our disaster response.

Will Ebler is an the AmeriCorps volunteer and works with Disaster Response Ministry office of the California-Nevada Conference