In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, churches and entities all over the world are pitching in to lend a hand.
Looking for ways that you help as an individual or as a church? Find information about Hurricane Relief below.
Local UMCOR ERT Training
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) certification training.
Early Response Teams respond during the first phase of disaster relief, providing Christian presence. Your church and community could also be faced with a disaster. Train to be ready to respond and know the first steps to help. Registration fee is $55, which includes training manual. UMCOR ERT badge, T-shirt and background check fee (forms will be handed out at training). Checks should be made out to the Virginia Conference and brought the day of training.
Basic Early Response Team Training
October 14, 2017,
Bethel UMC 6903 Blantyre Road, Warrenton VA 2018
9:00 a.m.– 5;00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided. Cost is $55 which includes background fee, materials and ERT T-shirt.
Flood Bucket Collection
Burke UMC will serve as a flood bucket collection facility. They will be collecting buckets until NOON on October 10.
6200 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015
Office hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
If you need after hours access, please contact: Jane Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Cranford United Methodist Church will collect flood buckets until September 20.
9912 Old Colchester Rd. Lorton, VA
The church will be open for drop off from 9-1 p.m. Monday through Friday (normal office hours).
9 a.m.–12 p.m. September 9 and 16. Call ahead 703-569-6178 or email email@example.com to make sure someone is there to take the donation.
7-9 p.m. September 12
7-8:30 p.m. September 14
7:30-8:30 p.m. September 20 (“Last Call”)
Relief Supply Collection
From Warrenton UMC
When Hurricane Harvey hit, we immediately began collecting good and funds to help those who were hit. The weekend after the flooding we sent a trailer full of supplies to a distribution site, and had some left over. The effort continues, and we are currently working with a group that is being assisted by several Texas State Representatives, on this project.
We have been able to secure a Moving Company to come to Warrenton on Friday, September 22, to take more supplies, WARRENTON UMC IS OFFERING TO BE A REGIONAL COLLECTION SITE for hurricane relief supplies.
We will be collecting:
- Toiletries and personnel hygiene items
- Baby Diapers, wipes and other essential items
- Baby food and formula
- School and Art supplies
- Cleaning supplies
If your congregations would like to bring supplies, please do by Friday, September 22 (in the AM). If you have questions call 540-405-1156. Our address is: 341 Church St., Warrenton, Va 20186
Additional Local Church information
Many of our local churches are putting together flood buckets or hosting events to help raise money for those cleaning up after Harvey. Does your church have an event to add to our list? Contact NoVaDistricts@vaumc.org to let us know!
- A Car Wash for Houston Relief: Arlington Forest & First Vietnamese-American United Methodist Church, Saturday Sept. 9, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday Sept. 10, 1:00pm-5:00pm. 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203
UMCOR is on the ground in in Louisiana and Texas to providing relief to those impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey.
Give to UMCOR: Advance #901670 Give ONLINE
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line: Advance 901670
If you are giving to UMCOR please be sure you use the appropriate advance number–especially if you are sending funds through the VAUMC in Glen Allen.
- 901670 for US disaster relief (i.e. Harvey, Irma)
- 901440 for kits (flood buckets, cleaning kits, etc.)
- 982450 for international relief (Mexico earthquake, etc)
- 999895 UMCOR undesignated
VA Conference Information
The Virginia Conference has compiled a list of information for Early Response Teams, Churches, and Individuals.
The Conference is coordinating Flood Bucket collection in 3 locations. Our drop-off location is at the Conference Center in Richmond.
Alexandria, Arlington, Winchester, Rappahannock River, Richmond, Charlottesville, Staunton, Harrisonburg Districts:
Virginia United Methodist Center, 10330 Staples Mill Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 – Contact Glenn Rowley at 804-521-1143. Drop off deadline is 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 20.
They have also put together a video about Flood Buckets which you can view here:
Global UMC Information
The devastation from Harvey crosses through several United Methodist Annual Conferences. Here is a video from Bishop Scott Jones, Texas Annual Conference:
Photo courtesy of the Rio-Texas Conference