Though Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey is over, it leaves in its wake displaced people and destroyed homes. In light of these events, many of us are wondering how we can be of help. Pastor Ann invites you to consider the following options to aid our struggling brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana. These suggestions come from UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which is a wonderful, respected, collaborative, and fiscally responsible organization that drives the United Methodist response to the crises of the world.
Ways You Can Aid Harvey Relief Efforts
- Donate directly to UMCOR’s U.S. relief and recovery efforts online here, or bring a check to WUMC on Sunday and write “Harvey” on the memo line. All donations to UMCOR go directly to relief work, not to organization overhead.
- Continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in the Texas Annual Conference, Louisiana Conference, Rio Texas Conference, and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after the storm.
- Get together with friends and make relief kits, or “cleaning buckets.” Cleaning buckets run about $65 a pop and consist of cleaning supplies like trash bags, dust masks, etc. Send complete kits to one of UMCOR’s relief-supply depots, and download the packing list and shipping label here.
- Please donate only those items requested in the relief kits – other donations may unnecessarily complicate relief efforts. To keep relief supplies in stock, give to UMCOR’s material resources fund here.
- Please wait for an invitation to volunteer. Untrained volunteers arriving in the midst of emergencies can unintentionally become an obstacle to relief efforts, so focus your energies on supporting the region from afar and pay attention to UMCOR’s website for calls for volunteers.
Thank you for your prayers and aid, and may blessing come from blessing.