Here are ways that you and your congregation can help.

Donate.

Donate to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, who is already on the ground coordinating with disaster responders in the Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico.  

Receive a special offering for the people of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico or other affected island communities and send your congregation’s check to our treasurer and receive credit here in GNJ and with UMCOR:

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey: Mission and Resource Center
Disaster Response Advance #901670
205 Jumping Brook Rd.
Neptune, NJ 07753

If you would like your funds to be designated to UMCOR disaster response and be used where it is most needed in the United States including those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, use the Advance # 901670. 

If you would like your funds to be designated internationally to help non US Caribbean island disaster response, use the Advance #982450. 

Make relief kits.

Make relief kits for UMCOR. These cleaning and hygiene kits (sometimes called flood buckets) provide pre-packed necessities ready for distribution in needed areas. Greater New Jersey has two Mission Central Hubs that coordinate relief supplies with UMCOR: Good Shepherd UMC in Northfield and the Skylands Outreach Depot. You can drop off completed kits and they will forward to UMCOR Hubs for distribution. Please call before picking up or dropping off.

Volunteer.

Our Disaster Response Coordinators are meeting with representatives from the affected area and UMCOR to create plans to deploy volunteers. It is important to wait for coordination to deploy so that resources and volunteers are focused where they can have the greatest impact.

Trained ERT members for relief efforts sought.

The Rio Texas Conference is asking for certified ERT’s to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Teams will base out of Corpus Christi and should register here.

ERT trained individuals/small groups not part of a team should register here. For questions or more info, contact GNJ UMVIM Coordinator, Brittany Rusk or call 609-790-0480. 

Take an offering.

Receive a special offering for the people of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico or other affected island communities and send your congregation’s check to our treasurer and receive credit here in GNJ and with UMCOR:

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey: Mission and Resource Center
Disaster Response Advance #901670
205 Jumping Brook Rd.
Neptune, NJ 07753

If you would like your funds to be designated to UMCOR disaster response and be used where it is most needed in the United States including those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, use the Advance # 901670. 

If you would like your funds to be designated internationally to help non US Caribbean island disaster response, use the Advance #982450. 

 

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