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
The Florida Annual Conference currently has three recoveries open for volunteers. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Hermine caused damage to hundreds of households on both the east and the west coasts. There are many people who are still struggling to make the repairs to their homes. Volunteer work teams are needed to assist with these home repairs. In September of 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida leaving behind devastation. The need for ERTs has been filled, but they need and will need volunteers for a long time to help in the recovery and rebuild after Irma.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these recoveries you can register by clicking here, or you can go to www.flumc.org/disaster-response and click on the "Volunteer" button at the top of the page.
For more information on Disaster Response initiatives in the Florida Conference please visit: www.flumc.org/disaster-response.
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/
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Kentucky Conference, please visit: www.kyumc.org/disasterresponse.
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Memphis Conference, please visit: www.memphis-umc.net/disasterrelief.
Mississippi UMCOR and UMVIM have many places to serve in long term recovery from many disasters that have affected the lives of the people in Mississippi. Please see the list below of the different locations throughout the Conference needing volunteers.
Greenwood District: The following counties are need home repairs and rebuilds from the flood in March of 2016. Sunflower County: Contact Veronica Pritchard, Delta Grace, at (662) 466-2167. Bolivar County: Contact Dr. Lee Peltan at (440) 773-6321. Greenville County: Contact Rev. Justin White, Delta Force, at (601) 573-4297. Montomgery County was hit by a tornado April 17, 2017, contact Kent Mortimer, Montgomery Dreams, at (662) 262-7844 .
Hattiesburg District: A tornado hit Hattiesburg and Petal, MS on January 17, 2017, and there are still some cases left from the flooding in the Pine Belt from 2016. Contact Chris Adams, R3SM, (601) 818-5899.
For more information, you may also contact Kenny McGill, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at email@example.com or (662) 416-1981, Hollis Crowder, Conference UMVIM Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662)609-3358, or Mellie Jordan, Conference Disaster Program Manager, at email@example.com or (662)736-6362. .
For more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer please visit: www.mississippi-umc.org/messagefrommississippiunitedmethodistdisasterrelief
North Alabama Conference
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Alabama Conference, please visit: www.umcna.org/disasterresponse.
North Carolina Conference
The North Carolina Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry continues to move forward with assisting families rebuild their lives after the massive flooding that took place from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The Conference has established Five Volunteer Recovery Centers to receive Volunteer Rebuilding Teams to help in some of the hardest affected areas. Centers have been set-up in Tarboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Swan Quarter, and Washington, NC. In each area there are hundreds of families that remain out of their homes. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew will take many years and many volunteer teams will be needed. Each volunteer center provides sleeping quarters with twin size bunk beds, showers and kitchen facilities for food preparation. The centers have full time staff that provide site management, case management, construction management and material handlers to assure that volunteer teams have a meaningful mission trip. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free; however, teams are asked to make a financial donation if possible. Each team is responsible for their food and transportation cost.
To schedule a team, please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-888-440-9167 and visit the Conference website for additional information about Hurricane Matthew Recovery.
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Carolina Conference, please visit: https://nccumc.org/outreach/disaster-response/
North Georgia Conference
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Georgia Conference, please visit: www.ngumc.org/disasterresponseministry
South Carolina Conference
The South Carolina United Methodist Disaster Recovery program needs your help now and through all of 2018. Twenty four of the 46 counties in the state were affected by the Flooding rains in October 2015. Additional families were affected in nine new counties and 15 of the same counties by the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Both individuals and teams of volunteers are needed to help repair homes and make them safe, sanitary and secure again. For more information on how you can serve, please contact email@example.com or 803-888-3051.
For more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer, please visit: www.umcsc.org/home/ministries/disaster-response/flood-recovery/
South Georgia Conference
South Georgia Long Term Recovery continues post Hurricane Matthew (2016), severe storms (2017), and Hurricane Irma (2017). There is a need for volunteer teams in Albany and in the Coastal area. If you have a team of skilled volunteers that are available to assist July-October please contact Luis Morales, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the South Georgia Conference, please visit: www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Tennessee Conference, please visit: www.tnumc.org/engage-in-mission/disaster-response-ministries/
The Virginia Conference needs volunteers for their continued recovery in the Hampton Roads area, which had major flooding in October 2016 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Conference expects recovery in this area to continue well into 2018, but they need your help to work on 14 homes to complete there goal. There are great accommodations for volunteer's comfort including kitchen, fellowship hall, shower trailer and friendly hospitality. Volunteers are needed for the following 2018 dates at the St. Luke's UMCOR site in Virginia Beach: April 23-25, May 4-6, May 13-16, May 21-June 1, and June 11-17.
For more information or to schedule a team, please contact Janet Moore, Volunteer Coordinator, at 757-337-1405 or email her at email@example.com.
Western North Carolina
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Western North Carolina Conference, please visit: http://mission.wnccumc.org/disaster-response/
Outside the SEJ
For information about Long Term Recoveries outside of the Southeastern Jurisdiction, please click here to see a map with pinned locations or download a pdf.