Ongoing Disaster Relief Efforts


In the Northeastern Jurisdiction

West Virginia

(UMVIM and UMCOR are working with Volunteer West Virginia during the recovery.  Donations can be made through the United Methodist Foundation of the West Virginia Annual Conference at WV-VOAD Disaster Recovery Fund.  Also stay up to date on the latest developments through our Facebook Page at NEJ UMVIM.)

You will find an attached form that each team/individual is asked to fill out and send back to the Disaster Response Team. After your form is received you will be contacted and scheduled for a time and location of service.

Forms should be submitted to:

Rev. Dave Stilgenbauer

revdaves@yahoo.com

(304) 210-6938

Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New Jersey through A Future With Hope

A Future With Hope is still working what remains of a $3.16 million grant from UMCOR to continue recovery from the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.  There are many homes in Atlantic County that are still in need of volunteer teams.  In many cases these are people who were swindled by contractors in the immediate aftermath of the storm and have now recovered their funds.  The more teams, the further the grant money stretches and the more families we can help!  Register here or join one of our existing teams.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York

The NYAC Sandy Recovery ministry is still looking for "Done in a Day" teams to complete projects in Connecticut and in Brooklyn/Queens. If you are interested please contact Gina Grubbs, Volunteer Coordinator at sandyrecovery@nyac-umc.com, or Tom Vencuss at tvencuss@nyac.com.  There is also a great need for rental assistance / mortgage assistance for those still displaced from their homes.

Connellsville, PA

The Connellsville Flood Recovery Center still has active cases that they are working with in the aftermath of flooding in late August last year. Many of those homes will need volunteer assistance to do repair and rebuild work. Housing and hospitality for teams wishing to serve for multiple days up to one week is available though one day teams have been the most common practice. Some teams, such as one from Latrobe UMC, serve once a month! Volunteers can register online at https://connellsvillevolunteers.org/2016/09/08/how-to-volunteer/ or email volunteer@wpaumc.org. We expect to be scheduling volunteers through September 2017. 


Outside the Northeast

North Carolina:  

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. 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. 

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. We look forward to hearing from your team leaders to schedule your next mission trip. Please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at disasterresponse@nccumc.org or 1-888-440-9167. You can also visit the NC Conference website for additional information about Hurricane Matthew recovery.

 

South Carolina: 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.  Please contact Ward Smith - Director of Recovery Ministry or Special Young - Administrative at screcovery@umc.org or 803-888-3051 for more information on how you can help.

Louisiana is recovering from two recent flooding events in different parts of the state.  To send a team, visit www.la-umc.org.

Central Texas: We are looking for groups from High School age (with adult supervision) to adults.  We have 36 homes in total in are in need of work in Hood County(Granbury, TX).  The work varies from putting in sheetrock and insulation, laying flooring, painting and more.   If you don’t know how you can have on the job training.  Please, we are looking for groups of 3 or more to work.  If you are interested in helping please contact our Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager Katheryn Meroney through the email and give her your contact information and choice of dates to work.  From there she will send you forms to fill out for skill sets, and medical and liability release.  The construction person will be in contact with you about types of work.  If you know of groups who wish to stay overnight to work accommodations will be made for this also.  The contact information is kathrynmeroney@gmail.com Corsicana has 76 homes to be worked on with the same type of work and they will be ready for teams starting March 1st.    Please contact Agustin Soto at floodrelief.navrroco@gmail.com  Both locations have the local Methodist church to stay in with showers and a kitchen for your accommodations.  All of that will be arranged through your volunteer coordinator.

Virginia:  

The Virginia Conference has set Oct. 31, 2017 as the target date to complete recovery efforts in Evergreen, a small community in Appomattox County devastated by a tornado on Feb. 24, 2016. To meet this goal, there is an urgent need for teams in August, September, and October. There is no per person fee to serve. You will simply need to take care of all of your food and your transportation. There is housing at local churches and a shower trailer in place for your team. 

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

Florida:

The Florida Annual Conference currently has two 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; the work may include new flooring, replacing drywall, minor roof repairs or roof replacements. 

To learn more or to send a team to one of these projects, please contact the local UMC Project Coordinators. For Hurricane Hermine projects, contact Laura Ice at laura.ice@flumc.org. For Hurricane Matthew projects, contact Tom Heineken at theineken@flumc.org. You can also visit the Florida Conference website for additional information. 

Southeast Arkansas:  is seeking teams to help with repairs needed as a result of the March 2016 floods.  The damage incurred is a result of the same storms that devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana.  Organization of Long Term Recovery was delayed for various reasons but is now in place and operational.  Projects are identified and funding secured but volunteer help is little to none.  When considering mission opportunities, please consider our neighbors in Southeast Arkansas.  Several priority cases are waiting.  To volunteer contact Ron Jones, Site Volunteer Coordinator, at woodrat3@live.com or Janice Mann, Disaster Response Coordinator, at disaster@arumc.org.

Mississippi: Hattiesburg, MS and Petal, MS were severely impacted by tornadoes the weekend of January 21, 2017.   Long-term recovery teams are now needed.   Housing and meals are available at the Volunteer house. Housing at the volunteer house is $25 per night.  Other accommodations can be arranged.  Meals are flexible.  You can bring you own cook and food if preferred.  Work needs include : carpentry, drywall removal, general helpers and more. Please contact Chris Adams at adams.chris.73@gmail.com ; 601-818-5899.