Pray, Give, Volunteer: Quick tips on being a part of wildfire recovery

August 19, 2021 | by Admin

Pray, Give, Volunteer: Quick tips on being a part of wildfire recovery

Over the past several weeks we have been sharing stories from the Dixie fire and the many ways our conference faith family is coming together to help with relief and prepare for recover efforts in the area.

As we consider ways we can be in ministry together, please remember that unless specific items are requested, material donations require space, organization and management. Unsolicited donations of items such as clothing, furniture, and toys require space, organization and management and are considered the ‘disaster within the disaster’, taking human and financial resources away from survivor recovery.   

Here are some quick tips to help center our efforts and assist ongoing efforts with our conference Disaster Response Ministry and Volunteers in Mission.

Pray!  Pray for all those whose lives have been impacted by these fires, including firefighters, relief workers, and those who are survivors of previous fires.

Give Now!  Right now, our financial support is crucial.  Our dollars make gift cards, hotel rooms, groceries, and clean water possible for our brothers and sisters affected by the Dixie Fire and their calls for help are coming.

  • Click here to donate to our California-Nevada Conference Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Click here to send your financial support to UMCOR which supports fire relief and recovery throughout the Western US. 

Volunteer!  Wildfire recovery is very much a ministry of presence and the gift of your time and talents would make a difference in the lives of our conference family this fire season

  • Click here to register to become a disaster response volunteer.  You will be notified about training and service opportunities.
  • Commit to being trained:  Introduction to Volunteering in a Wildfire Response or the Basic Early Response Team Training are both available.   
  • Offer to serve on one of our wildfire response efforts, either short term during the relief phase or later on during the recovery/rebuilding phase.   
  • Click here to access our disaster response ministry web page with downloadable resources on how to build a fire bucket and how to get involved in being part of the recovery.  
If you would like a virtual or in person presentation on wildfire volunteering contact Steve Elliott, UMVIMCoordinator@calnevumc.org. 

If you are interested in preparing much needed wildfire buckets contact Sonja Edd-Bennett, sonjaeb@calnevumc.org, for details on what is required for fire buckets and where they are most needed. 

Now is the time to be in ministry with one another.

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Steve Elliott
UMVIM Coordinator & Interim Disaster Response Coordinator
(925) 640-9797 | Email