Relief Funds (LCMC) http://lcmc.net/relief-funds/feed This blog features various relief funds and relief effort opportunities established by or made available to LCMC congregations and ministry partners. If you have information regarding a relief fund that you would like us to consider for publication, please let us know. Email completed articles, along with any accompanying photos and contact information, to kristy@lcmc.net. en-us Typhoon Haiyan Response http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Wed, 13 Nov 13 00:00:00 -0700
The full extent of damage across the Philippines is still difficult to determine due to disruptions in communications. Access to storm‐affected areas is limited as a result of flash floods, landslides, fallen trees, damaged roads and downed power lines and telecommunications. An estimated 675,000 people are currently displaced, including nearly 400,000 people in more than 1,300 evacuation centers. Reports indicate that approximately 10,000 people may have died as a result of the storm in Tacloban municipality alone.

 

How is Lutheran World Relief Responding?


LWR's Philippines staff are now coordinating with our partners to mobilize staff and resources to respond to the most urgent needs.

  • Shelter: LWR will provide shelter repair kits to families whose homes were damaged in the typhoon.
  • Cash programs: LWR will employ residents of three municipalities in Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.
  • Household supplies: LWR will provide families who have lost their belongings with essential household supplies such as cooking utensils and plates.
  • Quilts and Kits: LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.


How Can I Get Involved?


There are several ways you can help respond to the needs of the people of the Philippines:

  • Please pray for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and for all who are working to respond in the aftermath of the storm.
  • Give to the Philippines Typhoon fund. Your cash donations help LWR respond quickly to emerging needs on the ground. LWR accepts gifts online, by phone at (800) 597-5972 or by mail at Lutheran World Relief, P.O Box 17061, Baltimore MD 21297-1061.
  • Please consider assembling Quilts and Kits so that we have stock to respond to this and other emerging situations around the world.

 



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for congregational resources including text for bulletins/e-news/newsletter, a video of LWR's VP for International Programs providing an update on our response, and bulletin inserts.  Also available: a Powerpoint, prayers/petitions, sermon starters, and a children’s sermon.




For more information, visit Lutheran World Relief's website at http://lwr.org.
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Colorado Flood Relief Efforts http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Wed, 18 Sep 13 00:00:00 -0600 Faith Community Lutheran Church of Longmont, CO is coordinating relief efforts and collecting donations to help assist those who have been devastated by recent floods in the state of Colorado. 
 
Those wishing to make donations may send them to the following address: 
Faith Community Lutheran Church 
Attention:  Flood Relief 
9775 Ute Highway 
Longmont, CO  80504 
The congregation also plans to have an online donation page set up at their website, www.fclc.org, within the next few days. 
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Oklahoma City Tornado Relief http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Tue, 21 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 The Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund provides emergency relief aid to those who have been affected by catastrophic natural disasters.  100% of contributions made to the LDA Fund will be applied towards these grants. 
 
To learn more, click here or email the LDA Fund Chair, Dave Brauhn, at brauhn1864@gmail.com.
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Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Wed, 15 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 Grant Info:  Download PDF

Application Form:  Download PDF


 

Vision: To support the needs of victims of catastrophic natural disasters with a spirit of sharing God's love. 

Mission: To demonstrate the love of Christ as we respond to natural disasters through local congregations. 

Core Value: To carry out our work with the servant attitude of Jesus who said, "I did not come to be served, but to serve" (Mathew 20:28), and "As the Father sent Me, so I send you." (John 20:21) 

According to the front page of the October 10, 2012 USA Today, natural catastrophes in the U.S. have skyrocketed from 63 in 1980 to 250 in 2010. Superstorm Sandy (October 22-31, 2012) is our most recent reminder of increasing natural disasters.

During the LCMC’s October 2012 Annual Conference, the LCMC Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund to provide emergency relief assistance to victims of natural disasters. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa, will administer the Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund (LDA Fund). Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for relief aid in the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, wildfires, flooding caused by excessive rains, and similar natural disasters.

Monies are currently being collected for the implementation of this program. Each LCMC congregation is asked to prayerfully consider being a part of this mission. Contributions of $100 to $10,000 or more will be welcomed and can be submitted by check or money order to:

Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund
c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
8300 C Avenue NE
Marion, IA 52302

In summary:

  • 100% of all contributions to the LDA Fund will go toward disaster relief grants.
  • The goal of the Fund is to reach out to those impacted by disaster who otherwise would not have resources.
  • Grant decisions will be made by a committee made up of representatives from 5 contributing churches (one representative per congregation).
  • Grants will be limited to 50% of monies available at any given time, so as to not totally deplete the Fund in response to a single disaster.
  • If, in the future, the LDA Fund is no longer needed, is replaced or is not supported, a process of termination shall be initiated. This will be determined by a consensus of the current administrator and the 5 contributing church representatives. Any remaining funds on hand will be sent to the LCMC office for disbursement to their greatest need.
  • Refer to the LDA Fund Grant Criteria and Application Instructions for more details.


Questions?  Contact the LDA Fund Chair, Dave Brauhn, at brauhn1864@gmail.com.

 

 

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West, TX Explosion Relief http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Tue, 14 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 In light of the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., relief efforts are now being organized to help those who have been affected.
 
If you have additional information, or if your congregation is coordinating a relief effort, please contact kristy@lcmc.net with  any further details.
 

Volunteering & Assistance

Americorps is now coordinating volunteer opportunities for West, Texas recovery. They have already identified people in the community to be ready to enlist help when the time is right. The website for people to sign up to volunteer is volunteertx.org.
 
Additionally, representatives from LSS Disaster Services and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), are ate the scene and prepared to offer the following types of relief assistance to those in need:
  • Short-Term Emergency Needs:  Providing gift cards to families with immediate needs of food/shelter/clothing; ongoing until the funds run out. 
  • Long-Term Response and Recovery:  Case management services as survivors begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.
  • Spiritual/Emotional Care:  Counseling and spiritual care services to individuals seeking prayerful comfort and emotional support, over the short- and long-term.

Those who would like to help out may also:

  • Donate blood – Type O Positive and O Negative blood is in demand. Please check your local blood bank for details.
  • Prayer -- for the survivors of this town of 2,700; all of their lives have been touched by this tragedy. 


FEMA To Allow Individual Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the emergency disaster declaration for the State of Texas, declared on April 19, has been expanded to allow individuals and households affected by the explosion in McLennan County, access to Individual Assistance grants.

This action makes housing and other assistance available to eligible individuals in McLennan County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs; medical, dental, and funeral expenses; and personal property, transportation and other forms of assistance to help individuals recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals who sustained losses as a result of the explosion in McLennan County can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Mon, 13 May 13 00:00:00 -0600
Register your interest to volunteer at Good and Ready or Serve.gov. By registering you will receive up-to-date information, including when new volunteer opportunities are posted.

For volunteer opportunities in individual states, please see the following HandsOn Network affiliates:

While immediate opportunities to volunteer in the affected area may seem limited, please remember that the recovery effort will continue for many months and volunteers will be needed throughout this time. Thank you so much for your willingness to support the affected communities!
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Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy Victims in the U.S. http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Fri, 02 Nov 12 00:00:00 -0600 Yesterday, the New York Times reported a total of at least 164 lives claimed by Hurricane Sandy, with at least 94 of them reported in the U.S. and Canada and 54 in Haiti.
 
The storm also led to power outages, gas shortages and up to $50 billion in damages in the U.S., according to The Huffington Post
 
As Volunteer Reception Centers are now opening on the East Coast, and congregations are collecting funds to be distributed within their local communities, there are several ways that those who are interested can help with relief efforts for victims of this natural disaster.

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LCMC Congregation Supports Texas Fire Victims http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Wed, 14 Sep 11 00:00:00 -0600 The recent fires in central Texas have destroyed over 1,500 homes, blazing through approximately 34,000 acres of residential area.

While most needs for food, water, and clothing are currently being met, many of the people in this area must replace everything they used to own. Area churches are pitching in to help.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Giddings, Texas, is collecting funds to be given to the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance Fire Relief and/or American Red Cross of Central Texas and/or Giddings Area Care Center (Food Pantry).

Your prayers and contributions are needed.

Funds may be mailed to:

Attn: Texas Fire Victim Support
Martin Luther Lutheran Church (LCMC)
573 North Main Street
Giddings, TX 78942

Checks should be made payable to Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

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Living Word Lutheran Church Announces ND Flood Relief Fund http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Wed, 07 Sep 11 00:00:00 -0600 Greetings friends in Christ from Living Word Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota.

The June 2011 flood in the Minot area left hundreds of families devastated. Many congregations of the LCMC have sent emails asking what help they could provide to help these families. In response to these requests our congregation has established the Living Word Flood Relief Fund. Our goal and mission was to provide immediate grants to families in our congregation that needed immediate help. Locating these families proved to be a challenge, but once we found them through various connections, we provided them much needed and appreciated funds for them.

Trying to Rebuild

Words can not describe the devastation as a result of the flood of 2011. Over 4,000 homes were damaged and fully 1/3 of those homes will need to be destroyed. There are few options as the cost of rebuilding is not feasible. Few had flood insurance so the only means of funding is the limited amount being provided by FEMA. Some are looking at completely gutting a home and removing windows and siding leaving just the bare walls. From there the rebuilding process begins and will take months, or even years.

Help From Other LCMC Congregations

We also reached out to fellow LCMC congregations with a request for additional funds. To date we have received over $10,000 and continue to expand and distribute funds to other families outside of our congregation that need help.

More Help Needed

Once again we are reaching out to LCMC congregations who can find it within their means to provide resources through fund raisers or benevolence giving. We guarantee that there are no administrative costs so 100% of your donation is being given to those in need. We also guarantee that funds are being distributed as quickly as possible.

You can continue to send donations to:

Living Word Flood Relief Fund
c/o Rod Wilson
521 22nd Street NW
Minot, ND 58703

Your donations are tax deductible.

Thoughts and Prayers

The immediate attention provided by the national media brought a great amount of focus during the flood. The national media has now moved on and the city of MInot and surrounding area are left to try to rebuild. Your prayers are still needed as this rebuilding process will certainly continue for many years. Besides homes, the city lost a majority of our parks and recreation facilities. Our once pristine zoo is now completely destroyed. Today (September 6th) was the first day of public schools in Minot. Also lost or damaged were a number of school buildings. Two of the facilities will need to be razed and re-built. There is no age limit when it comes to being affected by the flood of 2011.

Thank You!

To those who have provided funds already we extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of those who have or will receive gifts. Our Pastor, Jeff Hoverson, also plans on being at the national convention in October and is looking forward to meeting and thanking many of you.

May God bless each and every one of you as we rise to the challenge of serving Christ by providing these much needed gifts to those in need.

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Relief Fund Established to Help Ethiopia http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Sun, 10 Jul 11 00:00:00 -0600

Persecution is not new to Lutherans in Ethiopia. “However, every time it happens it opens up old wounds and breaks the hearts of many. In the middle of all this our brothers and sisters are walking into this holy Lenten season not with ashes on their forehead but carrying the cross of Christ and confessing their faith in the words of Psalm 23:1, ‘The Lord is my shepherd!’” Dr. Buba said.

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Tornado Victim Relief in the South http://www.solapublishing.com/relief-funds/summaries.html Sun, 10 Jul 11 00:00:00 -0600

We, at Christ the King have been doing on the ground work. I took our first load of supplies to a city devastated by a tornado today and am going back tomorrow to bring ice and water to people who will be without power for up to 10 days.

We are taking money and using it for our resources to give away to the people in need and then will donate the rest to the local groups continuing relief efforts.
If you want to send money, our address is:

Christ the King Lutheran Church
611 Riverchase Parkway West.
Hoover, Al 35244.

Blessings to all of you and keep praying for us,

Pastor Scott Hawkins
Associate Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran

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