We are responding to the severe flooding in Middle Tennessee and Central and Western Kentucky. Many people have been displaced, and damage is widespread. Disciples churches across the Nashville metro area have experienced flooding and damage, but report that emergency responders and volunteers helped pull together a compassionate, effective response. Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville has posted this blog entry about the damage and recovery. Clay Stauffer, senior pastor of Woodmont Christian Church, reports that many of their families have experienced tremendous loss as a result of the massive floods over the weekend. Week of Compassion is responding to these needs and others that emerge over this next week, as folks are better able to assess the overall damage.
Regional Ministers Glen Stewart and Greg Alexander are currently contacting the churches to assess needs so that we will know the best, most appropriate ways to respond.
As our denominational and ecumenical partners, such as Church World Service, gather information, we will also be a part of those efforts. If you would like to donate to flood recovery, you may do so online or by check to WoC, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
Oil Spill in the Gulf
Our colleague from the United Church of Christ, Florence Coppola, recently updated us on the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. This is an incredibly delicate situation. Any response needs to be supervised closely by experts who understand the enormity of the damage, and can respond in an appropriate, safe way. It is too dangerous to human health for unskilled, spontaneous volunteers to lend their good intentions. Florence notes the best ways to help:
The phone numbers below have been issued by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). LEAN is well-established in Louisiana, and can help provide everything from personal protection equipment for homeowners to working with scientists to test impacted land. This type of clean-up needs to be carefully supervised by experts - no one should just go out and try to do something, as it is very dangerous to human health. They will provide you with the most up-to-date information on volunteering.
To report oiled or injured wildlife, please call 1-800-557-1401.
To discuss spill related damage claims, please call 1-800-440-0858.
To report oil on land, or for general Community and Volunteer Information, please call 1-866-448-5816.
Click here to read a report from CNN on damage caused by the spill.
As always, thanks for your concern for others--we are grateful for all of you who respond out of courageous compassion. Stay safe, stay dry, and let us know how we can help!