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Disaster Response Project List

Thank you for your interest in serving in the area of disaster response. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but it is what our office has been made aware of. Please contact your Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, or the Coordinator for the conference in which you are interested in serving, for more information on opportunities that might not be listed here. 


Alabama-West Florida Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please visit: www.awfumc.org/inconferencerecoveries

Updated December 2, 2016


Florida Conference

The Florida Conference Hurricane Hermine Recovery Project is open for volunteer teams beginning May 1st, 2017 through July 2018. The recovery project will be repairing homes throughout three counties, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough during the coming year. Teams are needed for light construction work, painting, yard work and home cleanup. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and teams can work for one day or one month. Accommodations and some meals can be provided. The project is located out of Holiday, FL on the West Coast which provides opportunities for teams to enjoy the beaches and other fun one day adventures. To find out more information, contact Rev. Laura Ice at laura.ice@flumc.org

For more information on Disaster Response initiatives in the Florida Conference, please visit: www.flumc.org/disasterrecoveryministry.

Updated April 7, 2017


Holston

For the lastest Disaster Response initiatives in the Holston Conference, please visit: holston.org/ministries/missions/programs/disaster-response/

For the lastest on the East Tennessee Fires, please visit: holston.org/news/

Updated January 5, 2017


Kentucky Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Kentucky Conference, please visit: www.kyumc.org/disasterresponse

Updated April 20, 2016


Memphis Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Memphis Conference, please visit: www.memphis-umc.net/disasterrelief.

Updated April 20, 2016


Mississippi Conference

There is an immediate need for volunteer teams to assist in the clean up efforts in Kilmichael, MS. Kilmichael was hit by tornado on April 30 and is a small rural town with little resources. The Mayor has requested help from volunteer organizations to help residents removing storm debris from their private property. There may be some chain saw work and of course material handling equipment like Bobcats or tractors are always needed. If you have a team of volunteers that would like to help, you may contact Public Works Director, John Pearson, at 662-417-0572. If your team needs housing, it is available at Moore Memorial United Methodist Church at 662-283-3804.​ If teams deploy, please contact Kenny McGill before deploying, msumcor@mississippi-umc.org

Hattiesburg, MS and Petal, MS were severely impacted by tornadoes the weekend of January 21, 2017. The Mississippi Annual Conference is requesting skilled repair and rebuild teams to help the many uninsured and underinsured homeowners. Housing is available for $25 per night. Food can also be arranged or bring your own to prepare. Teams have been requested to bring tools. For more information, contact Chris Adams, Site Coordinator, at 601-818-5899. Please click here for additional information

Mississippi has experienced flooding in a few areas in March and August 2016. The Delta and the Pine Belt areas are in need of skilled repair and rebuild teams or individuals. The Mississippi Annual Conference has partnered through disaster case management with long term recovery teams in Greenville, Clarksdale, Indianola, and Cleveland, MS. We have 100 families still needing volunteers. For more information, please contact Mellie Jordan at disasters@mississippi-umc.org or Hollis Crowder at umvim@mississippi-umc.org.

For more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer please visit: www.mississippi-umc.org/messagefrommississippiunitedmethodistdisasterrelief

Updated June 1, 2017


North Alabama Conference

North Alabama has been no stranger to weather this year. Tornadoes have hit the western part of the conference and caused damaged in the communities. Currently, the conference is looking for volunteers for Pickens County. Please click here for more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer.

Pickens County is in long term recovery after the February 2016 tornado. There are jobs available for large or small groups of volunteers. Please contact Mike Butler, District Disaster Response Coordinator for Central Distract, at 256-412-6945 if you are interested in volunteering.

Updated November 2, 2016


North Carolina Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Carolina Conference, please visit: https://nccumc.org/outreach/disaster-response/

Updated April 20, 2016


North Georgia Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Georgia Conference, please visit: www.ngumc.org/disasterresponseministry

Updated April 20, 2016


South Carolina Conference

In October of 2015, South Carolina experienced a “1000 year flood,” and then in October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage in 24 counties, some the same counties as 2015. South Carolina Disaster Recovery is requesting long term recovery volunteer teams for 2017 and 2018. For more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer, please visit: www.umcsc.org/home/ministries/disaster-response/flood-recovery/

Special Request: Construction Mission Volunteer Coordinator Needed in South Carolina (SC) Annual Conference: The recovery work from these floods will be ongoing for many more months, or even years, to come. The SC Annual Conference is looking for a volunteer to help with the long-term disaster recovery as a Construction Coordinator. This person would be managing basic home repairs, as well as supervising the many volunteer teams that continue to help rebuild this area. Please note the starting date is ASAP and will last for 2 months up to 12 months.  

Any experienced construction and/or Early Response trained persons, please contact the contact the Mission Volunteers office at mv@umcmission.org.

Updated April 7, 2017


South Georgia Conference

Counties in the South Georgia Conference that were affected by the tornadoes still need some assistance with mucking out, roof tarping, chainsaw, and debris removal. Most counties will soon be implementing case management to start repairing and rebuilding. ERTs and trained teams preferred. For more information, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the South Georgia Conference, please visit: www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse

Updated March 16, 2017


Tennessee Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Tennessee Conference, please visit: https://tnumcdisasterresponse.wordpress.com/ ​

Updated April 20, 2016


Virginia Conference

The Virginia Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry remains hard at work in areas hit by the February 2016 tornado outbreak and the October 2016 flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Conference had a tremendous need for teams willing to serve anytime between August 1st and Thanksgiving. Housing with kitchen facilities is available in each location. There is no charge for teams to serve; teams are only responsible for the cost of their food and transportation, though financial contributions from teams with available resources are welcome.

If you would like to know more about specific needs and ways you may serve, contact Forrest White, Long-term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator for the Virginia Conference, at VirginiaUMVIM@gmail.com

Updated March 17, 2017


Western North Carolina

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Western North Carolina Conference, please visit: http://mission.wnccumc.org/disaster-response/

Updated April 20, 2016


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