Disaster Relief
Joining Hands in Disaster Response
Mission Statement: Rotarians, collaborating with like-minded individuals and groups, provide response and recovery assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters

Crisfield is an eastern shore community severely damaged by Storm Sandy. In 2015, Joining Hands provided $10,000 in financial support and sixty-four volunteers for four weeks to restore three homes unlivable since the storm struck in 2012.

Joining Hands Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2015 - Click here to download
Joining Hands Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2014 - Click here to download
Disaster Response:  In the immediate aftermath of a disaster …
  • Superstorm Sandy (2013): Joining Hands, traveled to Atlantic City N.J. to repair homes flooded by Super Storm Sandy. One-hundred-seventeen folks volunteered to work on the restoration of three homes. Seventeen of those volunteers were Rotarians from District 7390. Additionally, through a District Grant and individual Club donations, our District donated $32,500 towards the cost of materials. 
  • Superstorm Sandy (2012-13):  Rotary District 7390, partnering with District 7500 in New Jersey conducted a successful public engagement campaign that collected and delivered 6,800 cubic feet of donated items valued at $100,000, raised over $20,000 for relief supplies, and purchased/delivered over 1,500 new books/dictionaries to Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights, NJ
    • Partners included: multiple local businesses, students (elementary to high school), first responders, multiple non-profit service organizations, media, and individual Rotarians
  • Typhoon Utor in the Philippines (2013):  District 7390 provided a $5,000 donation to provide relief and medical supplies; we also facilitated giving by Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians to support PHI International, ShelterBox, and to provide water filters 
  • Flooding in Alberta, Canada (2013):  District 7390 facilitated giving by Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians to support the disaster response efforts of Rotary District 5360
Disaster Recovery:  Long-term re-building assistance conducted in partnership with Joining Hands …
  • Joining Hands, a collaborative of religious groups/Rotarians/likeminded individuals, started in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina; District 7390 quickly became an active partner
  • In addition to many one week missions, Joining Hands has adopted rebuild projects where we assume responsibility for the total build, raising both dollars needed for materials and gathering volunteers to do the work. 
Major projects completed include:
  • Biloxi MS, Hurricane Katrina: Complete restoration of 4 homes; 1 new home construction
  • Bay St. Louis MS, Hurricane Katrina: 1 new home construction
  • Austell GA, Flooding:  1 new home construction
  • Swan Quarter NC, Hurricane Irene:  Complete restoration of 2 homes
  • Atlantic City NJ, Superstorm Sandy: Complete restoration of 3 homes
  • Crisfield MD, Superstorm Sandy:  Complete restoration of 3 homes; work on 8 additional homes
  • Total:  Complete restoration of 10 homes; construction of 3 new homes
  • Since January 2006:
  • Total:  70 Joining Hands mission weeks and 37,160 volunteer hours
  • 490 volunteers have physically worked on the projects, 177 have served multiple weeks
  • 48 Rotarians from D7390 volunteered for a total of 120 weeks, from the following Rotary Clubs: Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Colonial Park, Dillsburg, Eastern York, Elizabethtown, Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster NE, Littlestown, Mechanicsburg North, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg Sunrise, Susquehanna, and York
  • Rotary Clubs in D7390 annually support a District Grant or make direct donations
  • D7640 in Atlantic City NJ and D6840 in Biloxi MS have made significant financial donations to Joining Hands projects
To volunteer your time and talents and/or make a donation, please contact: