Hurricane Harvey Response

Hurricane Harvey has resulted in widespread destruction of homes and communities. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), has been actively engaged since before Harvey hit land. Here are ways you can respond.


Pray for the people and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Annual conference leaders and members across Texas and Louisiana are extending the mercy and care of Jesus’ love.


Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey by giving to Advance #901670.

  • Give through your local congregation
  • Donate on line here.

Do Something--Make Kits

If your church is looking for a way to respond immediately to the needs of those devastated by the recent storm, this is a great way to start! For a list of items included in a cleaning bucket, click here.

The Foothills District Office will serve as a kit collection depot. The office is located at 47 Johnson Road, The Plains, Ohio 45780 (directly across the street from Athens High School) The office will receive kits Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until September 21. It should be noted that there is not always someone in the office during the lunch hour which is usually between 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you are not able to make kits, you may also give to the Material Resources Advance Special, #901440.  You can give through your local church, or give on line


It will take several weeks to a few months for the local communities to organize their systems and capacity to effectively host and deploy volunteers. Please do not volunteer without an invitation from the affected annual conferences. We will be communicating this as the systems are developed. Impacted communities simply do not have the infrastructure to host outside people. We are the ones who stay until the recovery is completed. West Ohio has been resilient in showing compassion and mercy. We still have volunteer in mission teams working in communities affected by Katrina and Sandy. Recovery takes a long time.

Prepare yourself to lead a mission team when the possibility opens up by attending a Volunteers in Mission  (VIM) Team Leader Training.  Three VIM Team Leader trainings have been scheduled to date.

  • October 7, 2017 at Circleville Community United Methodist Church
  • October 21, 2017 at Batavia Emmanuel United Methodist Church
  • February 17, 2017 at Marion Epworth United Methodist Church

Register here for one of these classes. If you have questions or encounter any problems registering for any of these classes, please contact Kris Shoaf kshoaf [at]

Feel called by God to assist people impacted by disasters now?  There are many opportunities for you to serve around the country. Recovery takes time. The South Central Jurisdiction has created an interactive map of communities around the country recovering from past disasters. As we wait for service opportunities in Texas to open, the church in these communities are ready to receive you now. You can be that tangible sign of Christian love and hope to people across the country.

Share the Message

Cathy Earl, Director of US Disaster Response and Parnter Relations for UMCOR, has posted a video. Feel free to share this in your congregation, on your social media pages and invite people to support UMCOR’s work through the Advance.