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 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 flumc.org and click on "Join Our Volunteers" at the very top of the page. 

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

Updated October 25, 2017


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

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 msumcor@mississippi-umc.org or (662) 416-1981, Hollis Crowder, Conference UMVIM Coordinator, at umvim@mississippi-umc.org or (662)609-3358, or Mellie Jordan, Conference Disaster Program Manager, at disasters@mississippi-umc.org  or (662)736-6362. .

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

Updated August 8, 2017

North Alabama Conference

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Alabama Conference, please visit: www.umcna.org/disasterresponse

Updated October 2, 2017

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 Windsor, Tarboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton 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 disasterresponse@nccumc.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/

Updated July 13, 2017

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

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 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 screcovery@umcsc.org 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/

Updated July 5, 2017

South Georgia Conference

A Message from the South Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Luis Morales: The South GA Annual Conference is very thankful for the many volunteers that came to our coastal regions after the recent storms. Local emergency managers are switching to long term recovery. As soon as we are informed of rebuilding needs, we will post here. Blessings to all!

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

Updated October 25, 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 has set October 31, 2017, as the target date to complete recovery efforts in Evergreen, a small community of Appomattox County devastated by a tornado on February 24, 2016. While the three remaining new construction projects are moving rapidly toward completion, it's going to take a few additional weeks to wrap up. The conference is seeking teams to serve in Evergreen through November 18. You will simply need to take care of all of your food and your transportation. There is housing available at local churches (you provide your own air mattress or sleeping bag) and a shower trailer in place for your team.

In addition the Conference efforts in Evergreen, they are hard at work in the Virginia Beach area, which had major flooding in October 2016 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Conference expects recovery in Virginia Beach to continue well into 2018. The housing center in Virginia Beach has a kitchen, shower trailer, and bunk beds. Again, there is no per person fee to serve, but teams are encouraged to make donations if possible.   

If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a team of any size, please contact Forrest White, Long-term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator for the Virginia Conference, at VirginiaUMVIM@gmail.com

Updated October 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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