How You Can Help in Response to Hurricane Harvey

by Patty Marsh (updated Aug. 31, 2017) , August 29, 2017

If you have time available and are willing to serve, Volunteers are needed. Donations of cash are also needed. Please read on...

September 12, 2017

ACS Volunteer Training is happening at the Sandpoint Seventh-day Adventist Church September 24, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to register go to the event: Here.

August 31, 2017 Bulletin Insert and announcement for a special offering 

On Sept. 9, 2017, churches across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will collect a special offering to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey. ​A flyer has been prepared to announce this special offering — links to downloadable files are below.
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Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people from their homes and damaged or destroyed countless buildings when the record-setting storm made landfall on Aug. 26. ACS, along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by this once-in-a-lifetime storm. ACS is providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response. ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities of southwestern Texas and Louisiana.

In an update on Aug. 29, the NAD ACS team stated that they are "so grateful to those who are willing to help out; however, volunteers are not needed at this time due to the limited access to affected areas and inadequate safety precautions. Once the rains have subsided, we will have more information on how to provide assistance in the recovery phase."

 
The NAD asks for church members to pray for the people of Texas and Louisiana and give to this special offering.


CLICK HERE for a JPEG to share a flyer on social media. This file may also be printed to share with others.

CLICK HERE for a PDF to print and share in church bulletins. 


August 30, 2017 As Hurricane Harvey slams Texas, Louisiana and now possibly Arkansas, Adventist Community Services (ACS) is on the ground serving in a mega-shelter in San Antonio.  Currently negotiations are underway for ACS to operate multiple warehouses/distribution centers in several places.  

Trained volunteers will be needed! Have you taken ACS disaster response training in donations operations or crisis intervention, or do you have feet-on-the ground experience in an ACS warehouse environment? If so, please consider the following,

  1. Are you willing to serve for a minimum of one week?
  2. How long?
  3. When are you available?  Note:  This need may continue for months.

If you are available, please email pattym@uccsda.org.  Formation of teams is happening right now. If you are from another conference please read the NUPC article which gives contact info for all SDA Conferences within the Northwest. Patty Marsh is the director of Adventist Community Services in Upper Columbia Conference. 

The American Red Cross is also seeking volunteers, especially those with training from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). These are trained to provide psychological support in the midst and aftermath of traumatic situations, both for victims and relief workers. For more information about this need, make application with the Red Cross.

Four ways to donate toward the relief effort of Hurricane Harvey

  • Make a donation to your local Seventh-day Adventist Church labeled "ACS Disaster Response"
  • Make a donation through UCC web site for ACS
  • Calling 1-800-381-7171
  • Mail  your donation to: Adventist Community Services, 3715 S. Grove Road, Spokane, WA  99224
THIS ITEM IS PENDING: We have been unable to verify online messages that encourage shipping specific supplies via amazon.com or walmart.com. Please disregard any previous information on this potential avenue for donating until we can be certain of the facts.

Due to the scope of the flooding damage and lives displaced, these relief efforts are going to be "a marathon, not a sprint," as some relief leaders have said. It is well to reflect and then act upon the words from James 2:15–17. "Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

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