The New England Conference is worked with the Hispanic/Latino clergy association in Lawrence, the Asociacion Ministerial Evangelica del Area de Lawrence (AMEDAL), to identify and provide emergency resources to those who may not qualify for or are reluctant to access resources available through official channels. Pictured above: Milagro Grullón (left), secretary of the Board of AMEDAL and Pastor of Community Christian Fellowship-Lawrence, and Barbara Burnside, Conference Disaster Response & Mission Coordinator.
The Conference received a $10,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to address needs in the Merrimack Valley. With those funds and other donations, the Conference, in partnership with our churches and AMEDAL, sought to help those without access to other emergency funding whether they are connected to a faith community or not.
We ask for continued prayers for those affected, and thank all churches and individuals who have donated to this effort.
Find more information and updates on Columbia Gas' restoration and repair efforts on the company's website
To learn more about the situation, here are community websites offering updates:
One of the best ways that you can help is to make a gift through UMCOR. While donations to the U.S. Advance are not designated to a specific region or event, UMCOR is helping here in the Merrimack Valley, and with your generous assistance, will be there to meet future needs here in New England, and across the nation. And remember, 100 percent of funds donated to UMCOR fund relief efforts (not administrative costs).
To help through UMCOR you can:
Create recovery materials
Here are the guidelines for creating kits:
Find a list of drop-off sites: https://www.neumc.org/umcorreliefsupplydropofflocations