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 109 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 as spring approaches. 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 throughout spring and summer 2017. 


Outside the Northeast

North Carolina:  Find current information about the disaster recovery from Hurricane Matthew in the North Carolina Conference here: https://nccumc.org/news/tag/hurricane-matthew/

South Carolina: If you are a team leader and would like to register your team with the United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery to assist with the rebuilding of homes and churches please contact screcovery@umcsc.org or 803-888-3051.

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 is requesting trained Early Response Teams to respond to flooding in the Hampton Roads area. Team members must have completed ERT training and have a current badge.  To schedule your team, please contact Michele Michaelian, Conference ERT Coordinator, via email at   mlskcs@aol.com.

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