HURRICANE MICHAEL HELP

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Many of us are asking this question. Our primary partner in disaster recovery is UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Florida Conference. As we are still in the damage-assessment period, teams have not been mobilized. It is not recommended that church members go to affected areas and try to help on their own.

The recovery period will be long, and we want to be certain to have a centralized effort for the long haul. Here are some ways to get involved today.

#1

HURRICANE CLEANUP

We had a successful day cleaning up hurricane debris in Marianna on Saturday, December 22. We came back with the clear and certain knowledge that there is great need in Marianna and in other areas of the Panhandle that were hit hard by Hurricane Michael.  Without question, the work of cleaning up after Hurricane Michael continues.  In that regard, Jim McConnaughhay and Don Griesheimer will lead another team to Marianna, Saturday, January 12 to once again assist with debris removal that is so desperately needed.  Team members should bring work gloves and any debris removal equipment they might have – chain saws, shovels, saws, pitch forks, rakes, wheel barrows, etc. in order to facilitate debris clean up. As before, Meg Guyton has volunteered to provide lunch.  Bring what you want to drink. Those who wish to participate on January 12 contact Don Griesheimer ([email protected]). Please include your email address and cell phone number in your email.  Additionally, it is not necessary for participants to be a member of Saint Paul’s.  If you know someone who just wants to help and is not a member, invite them to be a part of this team.

#2

TEAM ONE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Saint Paul’s will be sending multiple teams during 2019 into the areas devastated by Hurricane Michael.  Our first week long team is tentatively scheduled for March 3-9, 2019.  The organizational meeting for this trip will be at 12:15 p.m. on January 13, 2019 in Room 300.  All skill levels are welcome.  No prior experience is necessary.  Come find out details.  Look also for Saturday trips beginning in January.