How to Help

August 29, 2020

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How To Help

Support for this project was provided by a grant from UMCOR

Here is a list of immediate ways you or your church can help in southwest Louisiana.

If you have a question, please email for more details.

The most immediate way to help is to pray. Several people are using this article as a guide to prayer.  They are holding the individual churches in prayer as they know these church communities will be in the process of cleaning up and rebuilding. 

In addition to prayer, there are other ways to help and they are listed below:


Give Financially
One of the most impactful ways to help is to give financially. Your donations will matter! They will help us respond today, tomorrow, and in the future as we continue to assess Louisiana residents' needs. You can head to this web site, or you can text "relief" to 800 500 5858

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If you would like to mail a check, please mark the check "disaster response" and send to: 

Louisiana Conference
527 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Early Response Teams

The Louisiana Conference is constantly in need of certified ERT responders.

Our next Basic ERT Training class will be May 8, 2021 from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Bossier First UMC in Bossier City, LA.

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Early Response Teams (ERT's) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage while providing a caring Christian presence.  

ERT's are not the first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.

You can follow news of future ERT trainings by heading to the ERT page

Volunteer Opportunities

Our next volunteer workday will be with SWLA UMC Disaster Recovery 
May 15, 2021 
Please register here 


Cost to register: $10. These events are currently co-sponsored by First UMC Lake Charles, St. Luke Simpson UMC, and University UMC. Must be 16 years old to participate (16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by a parent). We will meet in the parking lot of First UMC then head out to various sites in our community. 

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