Disaster Response


Harvest Returns to Sager Brown 

A Harvest mission team will serve again at the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, MS, Feb. 24-March 2.  Sager Brown is the hub of UMCOR’s relief-supply operations. Flood buckets, hygiene kits and other disaster relief supplies are shipped from Sager Brown to areas around the country and world that need them.  Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about $6 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin facility.  Four spots on this 10-person team remain. E-mail trip leader Pam Norvell or call her at 941-807-8553 to learn more about how you can participate. The deadline to sign up with Pam is Nov. 17.

Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on most of Florida in September.  We invite Harvest to serve in local and state relief efforts in the following ways:


Be A Good Neighbor
We know so many Harvest people have checked in on and helped their neighbors before, during and after Irma. We encourage you to keep loving your friends and neighbors in this way. 

Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits
Harvest recently invited people to donate towards and assemble cleaning buckets to send to Texas to help Hurricane Harvey victims.  Please continue assembling and donating these buckets, and return them to Harvest asap. These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after major storms.

First UMC of Lakeland delivered 40 cleaning buckets from Harvest to First UMC of Bonita Springs on Sept. 19 for immediate distribution to impacted people there.

Response Teams throughout Florida
Harvest sent a six-person team to Fort Meade on Sept. 16 to assist with clean-up in a mobile home park and organize a food pantry at Fort Meade UMC.  Harvest's ministry in Fort Meade is now done, and Harvest and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church's Disaster Response Coordinator are communicating to identify the next Florida community where Harvest can help. To request that you receive emails just about ongoing response efforts around the state and how you can help, please contact Mike Kennedy at 941-907-7333 or via email here.

You can also visit this link to complete an individual skills survey to help us determine what Harvest can offer the region for disaster response.  Harvest and the Florida UMC Conference will use this data to match our skills with a community/site that needs those skills. By filling out this form, you are not committing to participate in the next or future trips. However, your completion of this will indicate your interest in receiving invitations to serve.