United Methodists offered variety of ways
to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
You can donate to UMCOR
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is offering several ways for people to donate to help victims recover from Hurricane Sandy’s wreckage in the Caribbean and in the United States:
1) Donate online to UMCOR Hurricanes 2012 Advance #3021787;
2) Text the word "RESPONSE" to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation;
3) Call 1-800-554-8583 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time to donate by phone;
4) Mail a check payable to UMCOR with Advance #3021787 in the memo line, and send it to P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 or place it in the offering plate at any United Methodist church.
United Methodist Communications has partnered with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to create a bulletin insert for churches to use to encourage giving to UMCOR hurricane relief efforts. Click here to download a full-color version of the bulletin insert. Click here to download a grayscale version of the bulletin insert.
Donate to Virginia Conference disaster relief
Support our conference Disaster Response Teams with a donation to the Virginia Conference Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #5037. Gifts will help fund equipment, transportation and materials to help in recovery efforts. Send your gifts to the Virginia Conference Treasurer, P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Write "Advance #5037" on the memo line of your check.
Share prayers, updates about Hurricane Sandy
The United Methodist Church is offering a prayer wall on its Facebook page for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can join in prayer, share updates and news and get details on how to respond to the disaster. Share your thoughts and prayers.
United Methodist News Service will continue to update information on recovery efforts as the information becomes available. You can stay connected by viewing the blog UMC Connections and the website UMC.org.
Assemble Cleaning Buckets
Virginia Conference churches are urged to begin assembling Cleaning Buckets (formerly called Flood Buckets) to be sent to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for Hurricane Sandy cleanup. Click here for more information.
Join an UMVIM team to assist in recovery
In the days to come, volunteers who have been trained and certified in Emergency Response Training (ERT) will be activated to work on early stage relief efforts. In the weeks and months to come, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams will be offered opportunities to assist in recovery efforts. Click here to read letter from Julie Warren, Virginia Conference Volunteers in Mission Coordinator.
Sandy started as a late-season hurricane in the Caribbean, where it killed 69 people, before smashing ashore in New Jersey with 80-mile-per-hour winds on Oct. 29. Impact of the storm stretched from the Carolinas to Connecticut and as far inland as Indiana. Sandy, with hurricane-force winds that extended 175 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds that extended out 520 miles, was the largest storm by area to hit the United States in decades.