It has been hard sitting at home and watching the images of what Hurricane Harvey is doing come across social media as well as the news and not be able to do something. We have friends and family who live in Houston, thankfully who are all safe and well. In addition, we have a lot of family in Louisana, which also being impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Here are four ways you may be able to help.

#1. Pray

As the pictures and stories keep unfolding from Texas, let us keep all of those in the storm’s continuous path in our prayers. Both in Texas and in Lousiana. Remember to hold in prayer the first responders, those connected to the church who are already responding, and those churches in Texas that have been serving as shelters.

#2. Flood Buckets

Share the video below from the Virginia Conference.

Click here for direct YouTube link.

Some churches in your area may be a collection site. Contact your local district or conference to find out. Here in the Tidewater area of Virginia, St. Luke’s UMC (3396 Stoneshore Road, Virginia Beach) is one of the collection sites for the conference. As supplies run low for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Red Cross of the United Methodist Church, newly filled buckets will be needed. Please be sure to include only the requested items.

Click here for a complete list of items that should be included in the buckets. 

This is a great project that families could do together or a church-wide project. You could also share the video on your church’s Facebook page or other social media.

#3. Send Early Response Team (ERT)

Texas is welcoming trained and credentialed Early Response Teams. This is different from a Volunteers In Mission (VIM) team. Once the area is ready for VIM teams, it will be announced. If you have such an ERT team, please contact your Conference’s ERT Coordinator.

If you are not sure if you are part of an ERT team, you should check with your Conference’s ERT Coordinator.  ERT teams should contact their Conference’s ERT Coordinator.

#4. Collect Funds for UMCOR

Individuals or churches can contribute to UMCOR through Advance special #901440. You can give online by clicking here. Encourage individuals to include their church name when they make a donation online. 100% of donations to UMCOR goes to relief work. Share this link on your church’s Facebook page or other social media to make it easier for friends and community members to give too.

Share this link on your church’s Facebook page or other social media to make it easier for friends and community members to give too.