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.”
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
St. Luke’s 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)
Give a secure gift to UMCOR Disaster Relief online by clicking here.
To give by mail:
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line: Advance 901670
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.
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.
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.
For more training opportunities, visit: inumc.org/
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.
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.
The Louisiana Conference is ready to receive ERT volunteers at this time. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
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.
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.