After historic flooding in May that saw the Arkansas River swell to record-breaking levels, the Arkansas Annual Conference Disaster Response team is seeking volunteers to help with the cleanup process throughout the state.
The flooding, caused by rain-soaked and swollen rivers in Oklahoma, has displaced thousands of Arkansans, from Fort Smith to Pine Bluff and down to Pendleton, Arkansas.
Right now, Disaster Response is seeking volunteers who are ready to receive Just-In-Time Abbreviated ERT Training for the Arkansas Flood Response.
The following dates and locations are available for anyone seeking training:
Monday, June 10
9 a.m. – St. Paul UMC, Fort Smith
5 p.m. – Ozark FUMC, Ozark
Tuesday, June 11
9 a.m. – Dardanelle FUMC, Dardanelle
4 p.m. – Conway FUMC, Conway
Wednesday, June 12
9 a.m. – St. James UMC, Little Rock
3 p.m. – Pine Bluff FUMC, Pine Bluff
Thursday, June 13
9 a.m. – Monticello FUMC, Monticello
6 p.m. – Dumas FUMC, Dumas
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/volunteersignup to find ways that you can help out. Even if you have no previous ERT training, Disaster Response still needs volunteers for post-flood clean-up.
Additionally, Disaster Response is seeking funding to help with the cost of recovery.
“Funds for this Arkansas Conference ministry are extremely low after an increase in response and recovery missions. Donations to the ARUMC Disaster Response Fund will allow continued support for those affected by the storms and ongoing flooding,” said Janice Mann, Disaster Response Coordinator. “Please consider a contribution to this fund at Arkansas Disaster Relief below or by mailing a check to: ARUMC Donations to Disaster Response, 800 West Daisy Bates, Little Rock, AR, 72202.”
To donate online, visit http://bit.ly/arumc-donate and select Arkansas Disaster Relief.