If you need assistance call our
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or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To Volunteer contact Sara McCutchen at email@example.com or 803-960-0359
When disaster strikes, The United Methodist Church is dedicated to helping those recover and get their lives back. From Early Response Teams to long-term recovery, the people of The United Methodist Church are on the ground providing prayer, relief and resources. You are not alone. We are with you for the long haul.
We are unable to provide direct financial assistance, however we are able to work with home owners to provide labor and supplies to repairs homes damaged in the flood.
Manning SC – The Benbo home in Manning, SC was severely damaged after the historic flooding in SC. Recovery teams from all over the country have given their time, efforts and skill to helping the Benbo family recovery. North Augusta, United Methodists mucked-out the house after the flood. While Manning Early Response Teams placed a tarp on the roof protecting the Benbo’s home from further damage. And a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team from St. Lukes UMC in Yorktown, Va. installed a new metal roof.
The teams where supported by an SC-1 Ox swamp grant, which funded completion of this project.
It’s been more than three months since the congregation at Canaan United Methodist Church, Ridgeville, felt the devastating effects of the historic flooding in South Carolina. But even though the floodwaters have long since receded, the aftermath is still strongly felt. The congregation has been unable to worship at Canaan since the flooding.
“Not being able to worship here has been hard,” says Irlean Thompson, Canaan’s lay leader. “Many are going to our sister church, Sandhill UMC.”
Recovery efforts are still under way to restore the building and bring worship back. A Disaster Response Team from North Georgia spent three days after Christmas doing their best to help get Canaan back on its feet.
As South Carolina United Methodists continue their long-term effort to rebuild and repair homes and churches damaged after the October floods, Christian brothers and sisters outside the state are pitching in with hammer, nail—and checkbook.
Nearly half of what the South Carolina Conference has received in flood funds has come from sources outside this state, the treasurer’s office reports, showing many that in times of need, the full Methodist family can truly be counted on for help. As of the end of November, of the $310,124 donated to South Carolina for flood relief, $163,547 came from within the state and $146,577 from beyond—as far away as California.
Read on for the story in the Advocate: http://www.advocatesc.org/2015/12/the-connection-and-the-flood/
We have created a bulletin insert to help your congregation understand the changing needs in our communities.
Many churches are asking how we can help, here are a few ways:
Can you provide housing with a kitchen and showers for out of town Volunteers in Mission Teams, contact Chelsey Faircloth at the Conference center, 803 786-9486? Read more here
On Friday morning, October 2, 2015 as rain began; I was still filling sandbags and placing them at every door around my home in North, SC as only two years prior our home flooded from what they called a “100-year flood” for our area. Since then DOT had cleaned out some main drainage pipes that were half way filled with dirt and roots. We hoped that would help immensely but with the dreaded forecast for unprecedented flooding all across SC, I continued to sandbag my home. As the SC United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Early Response Team (ERT) Coordinator, I had sent out preparation warnings to all of our volunteers all the while hoping and praying that the disastrous forecast would be wrong. As Saturday rolled into Sunday, reality set in as we began to realize that the horrible forecasts were dead on for what some would call a 1000-year flood. Read More here
Two South Carolina United Methodist clergy have been tapped to lead state wide recovery efforts through SCVOAD (South Carolina Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters). Rev. Gregg Varner, SC United Methodist Disaster response coordinator has been selected as the chair of the recovery task force. Rev. George Olive has been asked to chair the Case Management Task Force. United Methodist Committee on relief is a national partner of VOAD and so the South Carolina United Methodist Conference is a state partner. Read more here
The Early Response phase of the Disaster Response effort is winding down in South Carolina. Early Response Teams are still needed for two additional weeks, as there is still a fair amount of muck-out and roof-tarping needed. Most of the remaining work is in the coastal regions, and there are churches in the area that can host teams. Rebuild Teams are anticipated to be needed by around the third week of November. ERT Leaders can contact Billy Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rebuild Team Leaders can contact Chesley Faircloth at email@example.com
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is also a United Methodist, has been traveling the state helping to hand out needed supplies to victims of the recent flooding. The Governor and her team have been distributing UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) health kits made collected by United Methodists around the state.
She has also met with United Methodist Early Response team coordinators and volunteers that are working at flood relief centers to gather information about needs in the community. To see more photos here.
“The answer to an unprecedented weather event in South Carolina causing extensive flooding across the state is an unprecedented relief and recovery effort,” Bishop Jonathan Holston said. Holston recently visited churches in the Columbia, Greenwood and Walterboro districts recovering from the flood and witnessed firsthand the great need in the communities and the great outpouring of support.
“We are a connectional church and the evidence that we’re not alone is seen in the tremendous response to our needs,” Bishop Holston said. “As the waters continue to subside around the state, I am grateful for the evidence of God’s faithfulness in the midst of loss and destruction.”
The Conference office has received a new supply of UMCOR cleaning buckets and health kits from North Georgia. If you or your church is in need of cleaning buckets they are available for pick up between 9am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday at the Conference office located at 4908 Colonial Dr. in Columbia, SC
To make sure we have enough cleaning buckets and health kits on hand when you arrive, please call ahead. 1-800-390-4911
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UMVIM team leader training
UMVIM training at John Wesley in Charleston on November 7
UMVIM training at Grace in Columbia on November 14
UMVIM training at Advent in Greenville on November 21
The UMVIM training is for folks who want to take a team either locally or international. You will be trained briefly on how to help in this disaster.
If you wish to take any of the trainings mentioned please contact:
Lee McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read Bishop Holston’s statement
- District Disaster Response Coordinators
- Apply for Disaster Assistance (FEMA) or call 1-800-621-3362
- Disaster Recovery Centers
- People Seeking Aid after Flooding Should be Vigilant of Scammers
- How to create Health Kits
- Flood Recovery Bulletin Insert
- Emergency Preparation checklist
- Sample Local Church Disaster Response Plan
- Local Church Disaster Response Coordinator Suggested Job Description
- Resources for Children following disaster