Greenville and Taylorsville areas still in need of disaster support

September 19, 2007

Disaster funds for the region affected by the Moonlight Pass fire are trickling in, and churches around the conference are being asked to do what they can.


The Rev. Tana McDonald and the Greenville UMC turned their church into a Red Cross Disaster Relief Center during the days following Sept. 3 when more than 33,000 firefighters arrived from around the country to battle the blaze. Conference UMVIM Coordinator Dr. Sue King says her office was able to bring in a disaster relief coordinator from the Golden Gate District to help Pastor McDonald, because of all the work she was doing to assist families and community members who were evacuating because of the fire. Greensville UMC helped families in the community with evacuation preparation, including providing evacuation check lists, and helping people in the community locate resources – such as finding trucks to help move livestock out of the fire zones.


“They still need about $2500, and are still getting requests for bottled water,” says King, who has been working with church leadership there.


“Long term recovery efforts may continue in the months ahead and persons wanting to sign up now to help can do so by contacting the conference Volunteers in Mission office at 916-374-1584.”


Donations for the fire relief effort can be sent to the conference VIM office also. Checks should be made out to California-Nevada Conference and specify “Disaster Relief” in the memo line.


King says it is important for Cal-Nevada to build up relief funds to be ready for the next disaster that strikes. “Money is always needed. What we don’t use to aid in responding to this fire, we will use to respond to other disasters in the conference. We are using the guidelines provided by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to manage all aspects of relief, response and accounting.”