Editor's Note: California-Nevada Director of Disaster Response Sonja Edd- Bennett is your point person for information and assistance and she has been especially busy this early fire season. She is working with those coordinating efforts on the ground in each of the currently affected areas and has some tips for how we all can help support our brothers and sisters in harm's way. Any information or request for assistance related to the fires in your area should be communicated to your District Superintendent and the Disaster Response Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways to be part of the solution during any disaster. We have listed several important options below.
During this and all times of disaster we ask that you please refrain from collecting and sending donations that have not been specifically requested. Donations require space, organization and management. Unsolicited donations of items such as clothing, furniture, and toys are considered the ‘disaster within the disaster’, taking human and financial resources away from survivor recovery.
Pray for all those whose lives have been impacted by these fires, including firefighters, relief workers, and those who are survivors of previous fires
Cash is the most flexible and manageable way to donate to response and recovery. Consider donating cash through California Nevada Annual Conference Disaster Fund
and UMCOR Advance # 901670.
Relief Supply Kits
We are collecting hygiene kits, school kits and fire buckets/cleaning buckets to help those affected. We will house these kits at the conference office and distribute as requests come in. Contact us
if you are interested in assembling these relief supply kits.
If you feel a call to give of your time and talent, please do so through an organized group. Unrequested and/or unsupervised volunteers can be more of a challenge than a help! Contact your local Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team or other groups from the church; consider joining in with a community partner such as the American Red Cross. Click here
to learn more about volunteering during a disaster.
If you would like to sign up with the Conference Disaster Response office to be contacted if specific volunteer opportunities arise click here to register.
There is no time like the present to prepare for the future! We are hosting a variety of virtual trainings across the Annual Conference. To attend or request a training for your church, community or circuit contact us