How Our Effort Works
The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort immediately responds to any major disaster in the continental United States by sending truckloads of emergency food, water, cleaning, and other supplies to disaster victims. We are a non-profit corporation, tax-exempt – state taxes and federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3). Only fifteen employees are paid in the entire organization. Unpaid volunteers are the secret to success of our organization.
The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort unofficially began operations in 1990. Since then, the organization has distributed more than $106 million in emergency food and supplies in response to 301 disasters in 42 states.
In 1994, the non-profit operations center located in Nashville, Tennessee was incorporated, and a large warehouse facility was purchased. Growth has been remarkable. For instance, in 1996 we shipped $1.1 million in aid. Major disasters in 1999 caused us to respond with more than $4.5 million in supplies. Tragedies in the past three years forced us to ship massive amounts to several different types of disasters. We sent $16,096,517.13 in 2005, $14,800,207.71 in 2006, and $6,042,596.03 in 2007.
Volunteers are the heart of this organization. The members of the board of directors and advisory board are all volunteers and receive no compensation. We also have volunteers working daily sorting and pre-packing relief supplies. When we load a truck, it is not unusual to see 300 volunteers show up to help.
Who Supports Us?
The Disaster Relief Effort is voluntarily supported by Churches of Christ, individuals, churches, corporations, and other non-profit agencies nationwide. In 2001, 1,041 congregations in 50 states and 2668 individuals or families from 50 states supported us financially. In addition, 37 leading corporations from across the country donated substantial amounts of product.
- Ready immediately to respond to emergencies with organized preparation, distribution, and follow-up
- On-site review of assistance
- Local churches help to distribute food, supplies, and funds
- Workable system for distribution to victims
Who Gets Help?
- Strict guidelines apply to type of disaster
- Advance team goes immediately to survey the situation
- Advance team aids in setting up distribution centers in disaster areas
- Advance team follows up to see that all areas are covered
- All cases are checked out, not an individual benevolent fund
- Anyone at site can receive assistance regardless of race, color, or creed
We are Cost Effective
More than 85% of every donated dollar goes directly to disaster victims, 86.82% to be precise. Expenses such as salaries, utilities, supplies, maintenance, depreciation, truck rentals, etc. amounted to only 13.18%. We are proud of this remarkable record and acknowledge that without our many volunteers this could not be possible.
Distribution of Supplies
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief only works through the local Church of Christ in the community or town, where the disaster has occurred. If there is no Church of Christ in the town, Disaster Relief will contact the nearest town that has a Church of Christ and ask for help. Supplies will be distributed by this congregation “in the name of the Lord” to anyone who has been affected by the disaster regardless of race, color, creed, or religion.