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. There is a need for volunteers to help with recovery in the aftermath of this disaster, and there will be a need for years. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit hurricanemichaelrecovery.org to find out how.
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
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 and Hurricane Florence in September of 2018. 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 email@example.com, 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 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 so teams can prepare their food. All are welcome, however, there is a age limit of 14 years or older.
To learn more about how to volunteer in Hurricane Florence Recovery, contact Rev. Emily Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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.