In honoring Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves, St. Matthew, as a shelter partner with the American Red Cross, will provide space on our parish campus as a disaster shelter in the event of a large-scale disaster. The St. Matthew Disaster Shelter volunteers are trained and stand ready to minister to the needs of our neighbors seeking temporary residence.

Volunteer Opportunities

Disaster Shelter volunteers attend training and an annual drill so that we are on top of the latest American Red Cross procedures. We have never been called to open our shelter but we are prepared and ready to do so.

We are organized by committees, but everyone jumps in to help wherever needed while working in a shelter. Committees include:

  •  Registration of shelter residents
  •  Communications
  •  Childcare while parent(s) make plans to get back to normal
  •  Setting up recreation area and activities for teens, adults
  •  Setting up play area and activities for children
  •  Security
  •  Shift Supervisor
  •  Disaster Health (nurse)
  •  Disaster Mental Health
  •  Dormitory Management
  •  Facilities: keeping supplies stocked and keeping everything clean
  •  Call Tree – contacting volunteers
  •  Coordinating and tracking training of volunteers

Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Complete all St. Matthew volunteer requirements including attending the Protecting God’s Children workshop.
  2. Attend Red Cross Partner Training classes (two classes – three hours each) held at St. Matthew.
  3. Attend the annual drill to practice setting up a shelter at St. Matthew.

To volunteer or ask a question, contact Don Herzhauser, 704-957-5310.

New to volunteering at St. Matthew? Please read our Safe Environment Policy.