Watch this page for updated information and ways you can help. As new opportunities and needs arise, they will be added to this page.
“United Methodist early responders are not always the first to arrive, but they are often the last to leave because we are committed to serving as long at takes to rebuild lives, to rebuild homes, to rebuild communities.” —Bishop Robert Schnase
How You Can Help
Respond to the named need.
Rio Texas Early Responders have asked for more cleaning kits or “flood buckets” asap .These kits contain basic supplies needed in the immediate clean up of flooded homes, businesses and churches. Our goal is to complete 72 flood buckets on Sunday, September 17. Donate supplies in the Admin Building and Welcome Center this week and multiply our impact.
Pray for our friends and neighbors.
40 Days of Intentional Prayer for Hurricane Harvey Recovery will start Sunday, September 3. Every day for forty days, someone from TUMC will be praying for the individuals and communities affected by this storm.
Choose a day and sign up online>
Give to the Rio Texas UMC Disaster Response Fund.
Financial generosity is vital when responding to this scale of need, and the dollars given to this fund will go directly to relief and recovery. Your financial gifts create much needed flexibility for UMC Disaster Response teams to purchase needed supplies and materials for immediate and long term response.
Give Online >
Attend Early Response Team (ERT) training.
This day-long training prepares volunteers and is required to participate on the front lines of response and cleanup. We anticipate that affected communities will be requesting ERT teams for weeks or even months after the water recedes and would like to have a large group of trained TUMC members who are ready to respond. The Rio Texas Conference is currently offering several training sessions:
September 16 at Tarrytown UMC Register >
October 7 in Austin at First UMC Register >