Hurricane Relief

 

Hurricane Harvey trailed through Texas and Louisiana three weeks ago, leaving thousands of people in vulnerable conditions, lacking vital resources and essentials, displaced from their communities, and devastated from the horror of risking death and watching their homes perish. 

Hurricane Irma has followed suite, causing massive destruction and peril throughout the Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Haiti, Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Dominican Republic, and made landfall in Florida over the weekend, leaving behind a record of battered homes and infrastructure, as well as extreme flooding conditions. Georgia and the Carolinas are reported be in its path.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has begun to mobilize plans for disaster relief operations for those impacted by Irma as they continue to provide help in regions that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Like Harvey, recovery for Irma is expected to be long-term as damage, both physical and emotional, is extensive.

As United Methodists, we are inspired to pray for those who are lost, wounded, and in need of shelter and food. We are also committed to raising up in prayer the first responders who continually put themselves in harm’s way in order to ensure the rescue and welfare of those in need. 

Last week, Bishop Trimble released a Call to Prayer to the Indiana Conference, urging United Methodists from across the connection to not waiver from their commitment to praying for those who’ve been left devastated from the impact of these powerful storms.

In this prayer, the Bishop stated, 

We pray for protection, we pray for relief, and we pray for God’s love and hope to abound in the days ahead. As record-setting rains and unprecedented flooding impact more communities, we pray for the first responders and countless volunteers who put themselves in harm’s way to be a help for others.” 

In addition to praying, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in times of need. We are encouraging Indiana United Methodists to join the mission in helping to move the recovery process forward. Given the extremity and vastness of these weather disasters, it’s going to require an ‘all hands on deck’ attitude to help Texas, Louisiana, Florida, The Caribbean islands, as well as many other regions restore what has been demolished. We invite you to help as you feel called to do. 

Below, we are providing you with further information for assembling cleaning buckets and hygiene kits, local churches that are collecting them, ways to make a financial contribution, upcoming trainings, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Cleaning Kit Collection

The following churches will be collecting UMCOR cleaning buckets and hygiene kits from now until September 24.

St. Lukes United Methodist Church
100 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Deliver to Door 6
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Methodist Temple
2109 Lincoln Ave.
Evansville, IN  47714
M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

St. Joseph United Methodist Church
6004 Reed Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
M-TH 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., F 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Christ United Methodist Church
3610 S 18th Street
Lafayette, IN 47909
M-F 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Yorktown United Methodist Church
2301 S Broadway St
Yorktown, IN 47396
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Brazil First United Methodist Church
201 N Meridian St
Brazil, IN 47834
M-Th 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EST) (closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00pm)
F 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Mishawaka First United Methodist Church
201 E Third Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST) (closed 12:30 to 1:30pm)

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church
2100 Highway 150
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
M-Th 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., F 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Dyer United Methodist Church
2016 Church Street
Dyer, IN 46311
M-Th 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Asbury United Methodist Church
1751 27th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
M-F 8:00 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m. (Closed 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) (EST) 

For questions, please contact Allison Curts, Associate Director of Missions and Justice Ministries, at allison.curts@inumc.org, or (812) 236–1092


Monetary Donations

Give a secure gift to UMCOR Disaster Relief online:

To give by mail:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068 
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line: Advance 901670


Trainings

Early Response Team Training Re-Certification Class, Floyd Knobs, IN: September 14

Persons interested in becoming Re-Certified Early Response Team members can take a three hour training class which updates their credentials to be part of an UMCOR response team. The class will be held, Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wesley Chapel UMC, Cost is $20 per attendee. Registration deadline is September 12

Register today!


Early Response Team Training Certification Class, Floyd Knobs, IN: September 15

Persons interested in becoming certified Early Response Team members can take this one-day training class which makes them eligible to be part of an UMCOR response team. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 15 CDT, Wesley Chapel UMC, Floyd Knobs, IN. Cost is $40 per attendee. Registration deadline is September 13. 

Register today! 


Early Response Team Training Certification Class, Anderson, IN: September 30

An Early Response Team Certification class will be held Saturday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., New Horizons UMC in Anderson, Indiana. Early Response Teams (ERT) are specially trained teams that offer assistance soon after disaster strikes. They generally do clean-up work and tasks required to stop further damage from being done, e.g. putting tarps on damaged roofs, mucking out flooded home. All members of an Early Response Team are required to complete a training course and must undergo a criminal background check. The training is done according to UMCOR guidelines and policies. Cost is $40 per person. Registration deadline is September 27

Event registration information available here

For more training opportunities, visit: inumc.org/disasterresponse


Volunteer Opportunities

Rio Texas Conference

The Rio Texas Conference is accepting volunteers at this time. ERT volunteers will be housed at Corpus Christi and Victoria. You must be ERT Trained and hold a ERT badge to serve in these areas. 

Team leaders can register their ERT Team here

Texas Annual Conference

The Texas Annual Conference is ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. The work consists mainly of cleaning out flooded homes and requires extensive physical labor. We would prefer that at least one member of your team be ERT trained. Teams should bring their own protective gear and tools. All members need proof of Safe Sanctuary training and a clear background check from your local United Methodist Church. You will be housed at a host church in the conference.

Team leaders can register their ERT team here

Louisiana Conference

The Louisiana Conference is ready to receive ERT volunteers at this time. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. 

Team leaders can register their ERT team here

Volunteers needed in South Bend

Volunteers are needed for flood recovery work in South Bend, IN. UMCOR has granted the Indiana Conference $100,000 to use for recovery from flooding that took place in August 2016. Most work will be construction focused. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. Housing options are available at Camp Millhouse in South Bend. 

To sign up or learn more, email southbendvolunteers@gmail.com or call 574-334-9634

Other volunteer opportunities

For those wanting to volunteer but aren’t trained, or for those with youth wanting to serve: On the SCJ website you will find a list along with an interactive map where there are opportunities for United Methodist disaster response and recovery, open to all teams, with thanks to the UMVIM jurisdictional coordinators. 

Visit www.scjumc.org/mission/disaster to view the PDF list and map.

Resources to share with your local church

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For questions, please contact Allison Curts, Associate Director of Missions and Justice Ministries, at allison.curts@inumc.org, or (812) 236–1092

 

 

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