Disaster Response Go Forward Strategy April 2020
Natural disasters continue to happen across the world as does the need for volunteers. Recovery and rebuilding efforts are ongoing in areas impacted by the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, such as St. Croix, USVI and Hurricane Michael in 2018 in Florida. Tornadoes have hit many areas of the country including Dayton, OH in 2019 and Nashville, TN in 2020.
As these disasters continue to occur, Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) will continue to support these efforts by promoting disaster response organizations, and encouraging men, as well as women, to volunteer where and when they are able. These volunteer efforts are great opportunities for volunteers not only witness God’s love to the families impacted, but for them to also grow in their faith.
Lutheran Men in Mission is providing a steppingstone for potential volunteers to help them find the opportunity to serve that best suits them. It will also connect them with disaster areas needing assistance, but those who also have the infrastructure to support volunteer efforts.
Below are links to websites for the ELCA Lutheran Social Services and Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and NALC Disaster Response organizations. We feel working and serving alongside other denominations in this effort is commendable, as well as ecumenical, as we are all Christian brothers and sisters. It also provides a broader selection of volunteer opportunities.
ELCA Lutheran Social Services & Lutheran Disaster Response
Areas needing assistance and their primary contacts are listed at:
www.ELCA.org/Volunteer Disaster Opportunities
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
The following links can be used to obtain information and volunteer opportunities:
www.UMVIMNCJ.org/Project Listings and www.UMVIM.org/Send a Team
NALC Disaster Response
The following link contains basic information with an additional link for Current Updates regarding disasters, and who to contact if you are interested in sending a volunteer team: