When disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other humanitarian crises strike, YOU are there to show the hurting the love of God with immediate relief and long-term recovery.
Operation Blessing partners, staff, and disaster relief volunteers are the first on the ground, partnering with emergency management and local churches to bring food, clean water, medicine and other vital supplies to meet the immediate needs of those suffering.
Then, after others have left, YOU continue to help with the long-term disaster recovery process. Teams of Operation Blessing disaster relief staff and volunteers assist with debris clean up and repairs, as well as providing microenterprise and small business support to help recover jobs and get families back on their feet. In Operation Blessing’s 2019 fiscal year, you enabled us to respond to 12 international disasters and log tens of thousands of volunteer hours in the U.S.!
Thanks to faithful friends like you, Operation Blessing is on the cutting edge of disaster response, providing both immediate and long-term relief for Americans facing crisis and disaster. With unmatched experience working with emergency management, law enforcement, and local churches, Operation Blessing is a disaster relief organization that’s able provide the greatest impact quickly and efficiently. Whether it’s a historic hurricane like Katrina, Harvey, or Maria, a flood in West Virginia, fires in California, or a tornado in Alabama, Operation Blessing is there for Americans in need.
In Fiscal Year 2019 Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief team completed 581 work orders to assist devastated homeowners and accumulated 41,843 volunteer hours.
The coronavirus crisis has challenged us all in unexpected ways. But during this time, you are standing strong against COVID-19 and responding to the growing needs of our rapidly changing world. Thanks to you, OB teams are working hard to keep up with the demands of this crisis. We’re regularly at work in many different nations, and our offices have reached out to their communities to help those in need during coronavirus with extra food distributions, masks, medical protective gear, first aid items, and disinfecting supplies.
Disaster Relief Testimonials
“When people were hungry, Operation Blessing provided … hot meals… when emergency staff were stressed and tired, Operation Blessing was there with care and compassion…” – Mary J. Sutton, FEMA VAL, New Orleans, LA
“Thank you for your quick and heartfelt support to our community after the tornado last month… You responded to our need in a prompt, courteous, and loving way… Together we were able to minister to those in need and we are grateful for the generosity.” – Pastor Tony Peaks, Senior Pastor, Open Door Church, Suffolk, VA
“Operation Blessing came in self-contained, ready to work, and had excellent logistics… I cannot begin to adequately express my thanks for the efforts you, your staff, and organization provided the citizens of Vigo County and my staff.” – Dorene G. Hojnicki, Director, Virgo County, IN Emergency Management
Disasters are not always caused by natural events. From refugees filling camps in Iraq to those fleeing political crisis in Venezuela, your support makes it possible for Operation Blessing to help victims of humanitarian crisis around the world.
Volunteering with OB
When disasters strike, OB volunteers are often the first on the ground and the last to leave. They bring hope and help to those facing crisis and disaster. When you volunteer with OB, you’ll enjoy free food and housing, as well as all the tools and supplies that you need to be a blessing to those in need. Whether it’s helping to clear debris, clean out a flood-damaged home, serve hot meals, or any of the other important jobs OB volunteers take on, you can be confident that you are truly God’s hands and feet in our world!
“It’s pretty amazing. I can’t really put a feeling into it. You just have to come and experience it… There’s so much love here. It’s just a blessing.”
– Amy, OB volunteer
When large-scale medical crises rock the world, like the coronavirus or Ebola, your support provides medical supplies, chlorine generators, and more to help contain and eliminate the threat.
Hurricanes – Operation Blessing partners band together to provide emergency food, water, and supplies in the days after a hurricane. You also help to rebuild homes, lives, and the local economy in places like the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Haiti. Visit our Hurricane Relief page for additional information.
Earthquakes – Earthquakes strike without warning. That’s why we’are committed to disaster preparedness. Thanks to you, Operation Blessing teams have worked on the front lines during major earthquake disasters in Haiti, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala and beyond.
Other Disasters – When tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, or other natural disaster strikes, you are there for those in need when they need it most—providing meals, clean water, medical care and more.
From the Field
- Working Hand in Hand in the Midst of Disaster
- Coming Alongside an Elderly Widow in Louisiana
- Ida Victims Begin Recovery Process