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2023 Disaster Preparedness Rally

September 15, 2023 - October 22, 2023

Trailer for disaster relief supplies

Natural disasters can strike anytime, and the Michigan Conference Disaster Response Team is ready to mobilize and respond quickly and efficiently. The team plans year-round to ensure we are prepared to assess immediate needs and then engage ministry partners and volunteers.

The Michigan Conference is holding its biannual disaster kit rally from September 10 through October 22. Midwest Mission, our long-time disaster ministry partner in Pawnee, IL, needs our help replenishing its stock as we near the peak of hurricane season.

The fall rally will focus on collecting Personal Dignity Kits and everyday items in other kits. These kits and supplies are the most popular requests that Midwest Mission receives and can be sent abroad with few restrictions to communities in need.

To learn what to pack, please visit https://michiganumc.org/2023-fall_disaster_response_rally/ ‎

Collection Points for Fall 2023 Rally

Central Bay District
Becky Jenkins, 4760 East Wackerly Rd., Midland, MI 48642
Contact Becky to set up an appointment: 989-859-2035

Northern Skies District, West
Ishpeming: Wesley UMC, 801 Hemlock St., Ishpeming, MI 49866
Drop-off contact: Pastor Bob Freysinger, 906-486-4681 or [email protected]
Contact Bob to set up an appointment

Northern Skies District, East
God’s Country Cooperative Parish, Dunlap Ministry Center, Newberry, MI 49869, M-123, under the blue water tower
Drop-off contacts: Rev. Jackie Roe or Randy Hildebrant, DDRC, 906-553-1953
Call Randy to arrange delivery: 906-293-5711

Northern Skies District, South
Kalkaska UMC, 2525 Beebe Rd., Kalkaska, MI 49646
Drop-off contact: Dave Stockford, DDRC, 231-384-0504
Collection will be by appointment beginning October 15

Western Waters District
Williamsburg UMC, 5750 Williamsburg Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690
Drop-off contact: Rev. Matt Chapman at [email protected], Traverse Bay UMC at 231-946-5323, or Williamsburg UMC at 231-267-5792
Collection hours: Monday, 9 am to noon; Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm; Thursday, 9 am to noon; or by appointment beginning October 9

East Winds District
Bethany UMC, 353 E. Vienna Rd., Clio, MI 48420
Drop-off contact: Rev. Kayla Roosa, 810-686-5151 or [email protected]
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm beginning October 9

Heritage District
Plymouth: First UMC, 45201 N. Territorial Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170
Drop-off contact: Rev. Bob Miller, 734-453-5280
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, or leave items on the porch, beginning October 9

Greater Detroit District
Warren: First UMC, 5005 Chicago Rd., Warren, MI 48092
Drop-off contact: Donna Willey, Office Administrator, 586-264-4701
Collection hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm (outside office hours, items can be dropped inside the north entrance)

Greater Southwest District
Westwood UMC, 538 Nichols Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Drop-off contact: Nancy Vandenbrink, Missions Chair, 269-344-6945 or [email protected]
Collection hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm

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