How To Help

August 15, 2016
The flooding in south Louisiana continues as residents in Ascension Parish are now experiencing similar backwater flooding that residents in Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parish experienced Sunday. 

Thousands of rescue operations are ongoing and our prayers remain for those stranded and for those involved in rescue operations.

Many of you are exploring ways to help. 

The most immediate way is to check on neighbors and loved ones as the most immediate need is often the most pressing and the best way for anyone to help. 

We are all urged to remain in constant contact with your local church's websites, Facebook pages or Twitter feeds as pastors and church members will be sharing ways to help one another.  

United Methodists are uniquely positioned to help with our partners from UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), an organization dedicated to alleviating suffering around the globe, including flooded and ravaged areas in Louisiana.

Just this year, UMCOR has assisted north Louisiana with flooding from torrential rains and they're ready to assist now with their signature flood buckets and other disaster response resources. 

Flood buckets generally cost about $65 and contain basic supplies such as detergent, sponges and soap that allow flood survivors to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up.

If you would like to build a flood bucket yourself, directions can be found here and the buckets can be currently dropped off at the following locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette:

    First United Methodist Church
    930 North Blvd.
    Baton Rouge

    Broadmoor United Methodist Church
    10230 Mollylea Drive
    Baton Rouge

    Covenant United Methodist Church
    380 East Martial Ave. 

If you would prefer to make a financial contribution to assist with the purchase of flood buckets or other relief efforts, you may send a check to the Conference Office (address below).

Please note "AUGUST 2016 FLOOD" in the memo field, this will go directly to Louisiana relief efforts.

     Louisiana Annual Conference 
        Attn: Flood Relief
     527 North Blvd. 
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802

This will not be the only way to help. As this situation unfolds, we must remain aware of the rescue operations that are ongoing.

In the coming days, we will share ways to help on our website, via our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.   

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