Covenant Students Join Storm Recovery Effort in Local Communities
Immediately following the storms of April 27, 2011, Covenant College students joined in the recovery effort, volunteering time and energy to the people most affected by the devastation.
"We started organizing teams the day after the storms," says Hutch Garmany, assistant pastor of Rock Creek Fellowship, "and each day we were having forty to fifty Covenant students showing up in the morning and going out with our crews into the community, helping people put their lives back together. It was really, really encouraging to see."
Since the storms, over one thousand volunteer hours have been logged by members of Covenant's community. Students also contributed more than one hundred bags of clothing, shoes and household items to the Salvation Army. A small group went to the south end of Lookout Mountain to clear nearly two hundred yards of fallen trees along Burkhalter Gap Road, working for hours until two lanes were clear for traffic.
"We're turning our focus now to rehab," says Pastor Garmany, "on to people who don't have insurance, and we're just helping them rebuild their homes. Because we had such a response, we were able to get the critical clean-up done so quickly. I thought it was a great testimony to Covenant students, and their heart and their desire to make Christ's love tangible."