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 CountyTornado 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 May 15, 2019:
Tornado Response Opportunities to Serve:
To see a longer update from ARM, click here.
- Debris cleanup with Homeowners still continues:
- Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) now has a skid steer with grapple bucket rented through the end of May. It is on a trailer at the ARM office in Opelika ready to be picked up and put to use. contact Joseph Farris at email@example.com to request a date to use this equipment for debris cleanup.
- For all work teams, register to serve at www.arm-al.org/tornadoregistration and specify dates you are available.
- Bring your own lunch and drinking water. Wear pants and closed toe shoes.
- Chainsaws are not in as much demand but small crews can still work
- Most of the debris removal is small and more akin to cleaning up trash. This includes insulation, clothing pieces and more.
- The construction phase should begin to become more routine and needed from June until families have recovered. This will be the bulk of the work with UMCOR and ARM.
- Damage Assessors Needed - Anyone with construction/home repair background can assist with damage assessments. There is a Damage Assessment training scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, at 4pm, at Auburn Univ. Gorrie Center Conference Room, 270 W. Samford Ave., Auburn, AL 36849. Contact Joseph Farris of ARM at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or if you want more information.
- EMA Warehouse Volunteers – sorting and organizing supplies, Tues.-Thurs. 8a-4p, at 309 Williamson Ave Opelika, AL 36801. Minimum Age to serve is 14. Warehouse operations will be winding down soon so contact Lee County EMA at 334-749-8161 to verify the warehouse is open before showing up.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Watoola United Methodist Church. Photo by Lisa Pierce
In Smith's Station, Alabama. Photo courtesy Auburn UMC