Methodist students detour spring vacations for Hurricane Irma recovery

People still live with the aftermath of the brutal storms of 2017. The Florida Keys were hit especially hard by Irma. Volunteers and donations remain essential to helping these individuals, as ongoing recovery efforts demand our time and resources.

These young women from West Virginia are an inspiration! Responding to the call for volunteers, United Methodist Students at Marshall University sacrificed their spring break for power tools and grout to help Big Pine Key UMC recover from Hurricane Irma.

This is not easy work, and the volunteers did not hesitate to jump right in, chipping out damaged tiles and installing a new floor.


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Teamwork is a must in hurricane recovery. Seen here, in a timelapse video, they work together readying the sanctuary for renovations.


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Ceilings needed repairing so the team broke out ladders and got to work.


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See photos from UMS's disaster recovery adventures in the gallery below.

Click on a photo for a closer look.

1. Taking the opportunity to enjoy the island's bohemian-esque fine dining.

2. The work begins with repairing damaged flooring.

3. Making time to share their experiences with each other and online.

4. You make your own fun during missions.

5. Water-damaged ceiling tiles need special attention.

6. Time to relax after several days of hard work.

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