Lee County Recovery

Thank you for your interest in helping those affected by the tornadoes that struck Lee County on March 3, 2019. 

See regular updates from Auburn UMC by clicking here.

 

If you would like to contribute with financial donations to the Lee County response, checks made payable to AWFC can be sent to the conference or district office at 4719 Woodmere Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36106. Note "2019 Lee County Tornado Response" in the memo line.

 

Many volunteer work teams are still needed for Hurricane Michael Recovery. Click here to find out how you can help there. 

 

How You Can Help in Lee County:

  • Continue praying for those in Lee County and for our response efforts.
  • Financial donations are the number one way you can help. See instructions above.
  • At this time, additional supplies are not needed. 
  • See below for volunteer opportunities.

 

updated July 10, 2019:

Tornado Response Opportunities to Serve:

To see a longer update from ARM, click here.

  • Alabama Rural Ministry is requesting volunteers for:
    • Chainsaw teams
    • Providing lunches/snacks/drinks for other volunteer teams
    • Calling survivor families to initiate case management process (can be done from home or at the ARM office)
    • Minor construction teams (porches, mobile home skirting, small shingle roof patches, kool-sealing mobiles homes and minor metal roof)
    • Heavy construction teams beginning this fall (wall & roof re-framing, sheathing, drywall)
    • Contact Andrew Baird at andrew@arm-al.org if you’re interested in helping in any of these ways. 
  • URGENT NEED: MEND Warehouse Managers Needed
    • Volunteers needed to fulfill orders for tornado survivors. This includes tracking of orders and inventory. Could be done by a couple, group of couples, or several individuals. May be shared among several church groups “taking turns.”
    • The warehouse is open weekly Tues-Thur, 8a-5p, but this is flexible based on availability of managers. The warehouse will close permanently on Oct 31st.
    • Forklift certification or experience a BIG plus
    • CLICK HERE to download a full job description
    • Contact Joe Davis at joed@aumc.net or 334-826-8800 x249 if you want to learn more, visit the warehouse, or know of someone who may be interested.
  • Case Workers: Are you highly relational and compassionate? Would you like to help 2-3 people navigate through the process to recover from the storm? You can become a volunteer case worker/compassion volunteer. Even if you can only commit to one person, that would make a significant difference. You will work with ARM’s 2 case managers who will assist you. Contact Lisa Pierce lisa@arm-al.org for information.
  • Summer Construction: Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is hosting youth and adult teams as part of our summer missions for Lee County Tornado response during June and July. Teams arrive on Sunday for orientation, serve Monday-Thursday, and depart Friday morning. Cost is $195/person and all aspects of your service is covered except for fuel to your sites. A full- time college staff host your group and provide evening reflection, worship, and discussion. Teams are housed at our site in Tuskegee, just 15 miles from Beauregard. Please see www.arm-al.org/summermissions for details or contact andrew@arm-al.org.

 

 

The response to the Lee County tornado will be another long-term recovery ministry in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. As we partner with UMCOR and churches throughout our conference, we believe our connection will be an important part of rebuilding lives and homes. Additional questions can be directed to Rev. John Fox, District Disaster Response Coordinator, at John.Fox@aumc.net, or Dr. Jeff Wilson, District Superintendent, at DSMontOp@gmail.com.  

 

 

See updates from the Lee County EMA on their Facebook page here.

Auburn UMC has updates on their Facebook page here. Or subscribe to their updates here.

 

Watoola United Methodist Church.                                              Photo by Lisa Pierce

 

 In Smith's Station, Alabama.                                          Photo courtesy Auburn UMC