Resourcing and equipping
local United Methodist Churches and district offices
as they assist their communities and individuals
to prepare, respond and recover from disaster.
Volunteer Work Teams Needed
Teams are needed in Live Oak, Lake City and the surrounding areas of Suwannee and Columbia Counties in the north central part of Florida for rebuild from Tropical Storm Debby. If you have driven out of the state on I-75, you've driven through this area.
TS Debby came through Florida in late June. The city of Live Oak in Suwannee County received 30 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Over 250 sinkholes were measured and documented in Suwannee County. Columbia and Suwannee Counties were among 22 counties in Florida that received a federal declaration from FEMA as a result of Debby. They were also among the hardest hit with FEMA registrations in the thousands.
If you are looking for a mission trip for your church, please consider working right here in our conference to help the people of Suwannee and Columbia Counties. You can go for a day, a weekend, or a week -- whatever time you have to give. Once your team is scheduled, please share that information with us. We may know others who are hoping to join a team. We also want to celebrate your ministry with you. When you return, we'd love to receive pictures and stories (short write-ups) that we can share with others through newsletters and the web site.
Volunteers from New Covenant UMC in The Villages, First Ocala, First Winter Garden and Edgewater UMC Port Charlotte teamed up to repair homes damaged by TS Debby in 2012.
To learn more about what the UMC is doing in disaster relief and recovery around the nation and around the world, visit UMCOR.
Is God calling you to serve? Are you responding to his call?
Many conferences in the Southeastern and Northeastern Jurisdictions need volunteers to help with recovery. Click the links to learn more.
April 2011 Storms
Hurricane Irene (2011) Rebuild
Hurricane Sandy (2012)
Our Partners in Ministry
Become a fan: Disaster Recovery Ministry - Florida Conference - United Methodist Church
Join our group and start a discussion here: Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry
Contact information for Columbia County:
(386) 752-5604 Ext. 106
Contact information for Suwannee County:
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