Rose Hill, NC – 12/07/2020 – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper finds alternative work for construction crew by partnering with North Carolina Baptists on Mission to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Florence.
NC Baptists on Mission is a Ministry that locates different communities in need of support and coordinates resources and volunteers to provide relief to those areas. When Cooper was faced with the possibility of having to lay off employees at the onset of the pandemic, the leadership team searched for alternatives. That was when Cooper found Baptists on Mission, located in Rose Hill, NC. Beginning in March of 2020, Cooper collaborated with Baptists on Mission and sent approximately 50 volunteers to assist with their efforts, while remaining Cooper employees. Volunteers worked on rebuilding houses damaged by Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, Lumberton, Pender County (Burgaw), New Bern and Rose Hill.
“When COVID first hit in early 2020, it was very important to us that we find an alternative to layoffs. Our employees are very important to us and we felt that it was our duty to keep them safe in the unprecedented environment,” commented Beverly Brown, CEO. “It was a blessing being able to partner with Baptists on Mission to provide relief to families in need while at the same time keeping our employees working.”
In total, Cooper logged over 10,000 working hours across the five locations seeking relief. Cooper will continue to work with NC Baptists on Mission as supplementary work is required.