A note from Pastor Tracey:
I’m so grateful for your continued prayers and encouraged by your deep interest in responding to the needs of those affected by Harvey! As our Annual Conference, District, and local church have continued to plan, I have new information for you on how you can make a difference in response to this natural disaster.
Our Rio Texas Conference Bishop, Robert Schnase, and our District Superintendent, Teresa Wellborn, request that we direct our financial giving to the Rio Texas Conference Disaster Response Fund. Like funds given to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), all donations will go directly to relief and recovery efforts as opposed to administrative or overhead expenses. Additionally, by giving to the Rio Texas Fund, all giving will directly benefit affected communities in the Rio Texas Annual Conference. With your donations, we will partner with UMCOR to sustain this relief effort for the many months ahead. They will allow us to offer immediate relief and to partner with Volunteers in Mission (VIM) and UMCOR for a long-term response.
Here is detailed information on how you can help. And please invite friends, family and neighbors who are looking for ways to help to join us in our efforts!
We are seeking people to train as Site Assessors for the next disaster that comes our way - This is a free one hour class that is available to all trained ERTs
The ERT Site Assessment class will take place during Rethink Leadership, ATX Conference 2018 January 27, 2018; 9:30am-3:30pm at Northwest Hills UMC 7050 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731.
To register, follow THIS LINK.
Additionally there is a ERT Basic Class scheduled for the following dates:
Please share this info with your congregation and encourage people to get trained. To register go to riotexasresponse.org.
There is also an ERT Chainsaw Class scheduled for February 10 at Floresville UMC. To register go to riotexasresponse.org.
You can also complete ERT Recertification quickly (less than an hour) online by going to riotexasresponse.org and watching a short video.
SERVE ON AN EARLY RESPONSE TEAM - Whether you are ERT trained or not, if you are interested in learning how to volunteer to help with early cleanup efforts, please contact David Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org. And click here to register for training. https://riotexas.org/early-response-team-training
New Flexible Deployment Schedules for those who can't make the full deployment. Click here to sign up now: http://signup.com/go/eWSMSHc
FLOOD BUCKETS - You helped fund and put together 250 flood buckets! It is not too late to make a donation to cover our remaining funding gaps. A $65 donation covers the cost of materials for one bucket (check to WUMC with “bucket” in the memo line).