800px-NOAA's_GOES-East_satellite_captured_this_image_of_Hurricane_Harvey_in_the_western_Gulf_of_Mexico_on_Aug._24,_2017Updated 9/8/17

Volunteers needed

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 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 team by clicking here.

Flood Bucket Collection

We are grateful for the many NIC churches which are offering prayers, donating flood bucket supplies, sending volunteers and collecting special offerings for UMCOR to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and now for those in the path of Hurricane Irma.
The Rockford district has started a flood bucket collection effort through the month of September. Donated items may be dropped off at Christ UMC in Rockford which will be delivered to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL. Questions please contact Cliff Gillette at Christ UMC at (815)399-5910 or  or John Stelter (district mission coordinator) at (815)721-3382 or .
Click here for the list of items needed for flood buckets.

Updated 8/30/17

UMCOR Responds to Harvey

By Mary Andreolli

*UMCOR is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many victims of hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. We will continue to update this page and UMCOR social media as we receive new information.

5 Things You Can Do

  1. Please 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 ChurchLouisiana Conference of The United Methodist ChurchRío Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
  2. Make relief kits, send complete kits to http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Network/Relief-Supply-Network, shipping label/packing list instructions
  3. Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts. Click here.
  4. Donate only those items requested.
  5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

Download this UMCOR church bulletin insert to share 5 Things You Can Do in response to Harvey. 

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support. To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440.

Volunteer Opportunities

texas-flood-buckets-2017-cropped-628x388For UMCOR Early Response Teams (only those trained with badges):

The Rio Texas Conference is ready now for only ERT trained volunteers with badges. Given the severity of the situation and magnitude of their response needs, the Conference is currently not accepting volunteers who are NOT ERT certified.

Register your ERT team here: https://riotexas.org/ert-volunteer-team-registration

The majority of the state of Texas is probably two weeks away from being able to accept ERT trained volunteers.

Other Volunteers:

We encourage you to be patient. Plenty of opportunities to serve in the days, weeks, and years to come will become available. At the moment, Texas is not yet ready to handle a lot of volunteers but check back regularly to stay updated on volunteer opportunities and recovery information.

For the latest updates follow the NIC Disaster Response Facebook page.



As Texas and Louisiana continue to deal with this devastating storm, UMCOR’s Director of Relief Supplies asks for prayers for those in the path of the storm and disaster relief assistance.

“As we here at UMCOR prepare to provide assistance to those who need it most, I also ask for support of our efforts in building our inventory of relief supplies.  At this time, we are in need of hygiene kits and cleaning buckets,” said Amy Fuselier.  “With many potentially suffering damage to their homes from flood waters, our greatest need is cleaning buckets.”

NIC Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Christina Vosteen said in lieu of collecting actual supplies for kits and then needing to coordinate transportation, she encouraged churches and individuals to donate money.  One cleaning bucket is $65. One hygiene kit is $12.

“Remember we received 600 cleaning buckets in northern Illinois after our recent heavy rains. The anticipated need after Hurricane Harvey will be far greater!” said Vosteen.

Kits can be sent directly to Sager Brown, Depot West or delivered to an affiliate warehouse nearest you.

For more information about affiliate locations nearest you, please visit the UMCOR website.


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