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
The Alabama-West Florida Conference experienced the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. Recovery from Michael is still in full swing in the pan handle of Florida, and they could use your help! Currently they are working out of three different area’s: Marianna, Panama City, and Port Saint Joe, FL – the majority of the work is interior home restoration such as: trim, flooring, painting, drywall, hanging cabinets, and doors. There are many ways to serve outside of construction. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit hurricanemichaelrecovery.org to find out how. Or you can contact Deion Cossio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-531-2216.
Lee County, AL was hit by a tornado outbreak in March of 2019. Volunteers are needed in response to the aftermath of the damage the tornado left behind. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Andrew Baird at email@example.com.
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please visit: www.awfumc.org/inconferencerecoveries
The Florida Annual Conference anticipates another 3-4 years of recovery work from Hurricane Irma (2017). There is need for repair and rebuild teams to serve in one of five regions around the conference, from the northeast part of the state to the south and in between. If you have handyman skills or a construction background, the Florida Conference needs you! There is especially need for experienced roofing teams. Housing is available and tool trailers are staged and waiting for workers. To learn more, go to floridarestores.com.
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 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
After 3 hurricanes now, (Matthew – 2016, Florence and Michael 2018) the North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Ministry continues to move forward reaching out to even more survivor communities with Long Term Disaster Response.
In addition to the original 5 Volunteer Recovery Centers in Tarboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Swan Quarter and Washington N.C. we have added or are adding centers in Aurora, Burgaw, Elizabethtown, Newport, Swansboro, Whiteville and Wilmington NC.
Our volunteers POWER the work from our 8 Disaster Response Work Centers and 5 Disaster Response Housing Centers. Each center has twin size bunk beds, showers and kitchen facilities for food preparation. Teams are responsible for their food preparation and transportation cost.
The centers’ full time staff provide site management, case management, construction management and material handlers to assure a meaningful volunteer mission trip. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free; however, teams are invited to make donations for material expenses.
To schedule a team, please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at 1-888-440-9167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit the Conference website for additional information about Hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Michael Recovery.
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 expected through summer of 2021. In September of 2018, South Carolina was hit by their 3rd major disaster in 4 years, this time it was Hurricane Florence. Many families are in need of help to get them back in their homes, and South Carolina is working to help 230+ households recover. There are currently 2 sites set up for receiving volunteers, Marion, SC and McColl, SC. Volunteers will be staying in local churches, and teams are asked to bring their own food, but a kitchen will be provided where teams can prepare their food. All are welcome, however, there is an age limit of 14 years or older.
To learn more about how to volunteer in Hurricane Florence Recovery, contact Rev. Emily Kirby at email@example.com.
For more information on recovery efforts and how to volunteer, please visit: https://www.umcsc.org/ministries/outreach/sc-disaster-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/
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Virginia Conference, please visit: vaumc.org/Disaster
Western North Carolina
For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the Western North Carolina Conference, please visit: www.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.