The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many churches and individuals have been asking how they can help. Here are five great suggestions.
5 Things You Can Do
- Continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
- Make relief kits. Tanya Oberg from the Minnesota Conference has volunteered to help transport the kits to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. Contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-202-3769) to make arrangements to get your completed kits to her. Please include $1.50 per completed bucket for transport costs. A check for the total amount can be made out to MMDC.
- Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670. To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources, Advance #901440. Our apportionments already pay all administrative costs, so 100% of your donation will go towards relief and supplies.
- Donate only what is needed. This will ensure that your donation is used as effectively as possible and that people in need are getting exactly what’s most helpful to them.
- Wait for an invitation to go to Texas. Many want to assist in person, but it’s counter-productive to travel to areas hardest hit without being properly trained in disaster response and before first responders on the ground have fulfilled their responsibilities and are ready and able to use volunteers.
Reposted from the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Website.