Puerto Rico Needs Our Help

Since Hurricane Maria in 2017, the people of Puerto Rico have been preparing for the next big storm. Each year on June 1 – the start of the Atlantic hurricane season – stores begin selling out of generators, gas-powered appliances, canned food, and bottled water. Across the island, the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has not only repaired the damage from Maria, but has also helped churches and communities become more resilient to climate change.

Now, five years later, the next big storm has come.

Hurricane Fiona, while less powerful than Maria, dumped as much as 31 inches of rain on towns and villages across Puerto Rico. Widespread flooding swept away bridges, damaged homes, stripped pavement off roads, and left millions without drinking water. The electric grid, which took almost a year to fully repair after Maria, is still down for more than half of the island.

Already, the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico – under the leadership of newly elected Bishop Lizzette Gabriel Montalvo – has begun to assess the damage and assist those in need. But following a hurricane that caused an estimated $10 billion of damage to Puerto Rico alone, they need our help.

Consider what you can do…

PRAY - Pray for the people of Puerto Rico as they suffer yet another collective trauma. Pray for the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico as they help survivors and communities rebuild.

GIVE - Give to UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery fund, 100% of which goes to providing aid on the ground, including immediate relief and long-term recovery.

  • U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670
  • Write a check made out to ‘West Ohio Conference’ with the Advance # in the memo line. Mail to West Ohio Conference, Attn. Dee Stickley-Miner, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085.
  • Give online through the West Ohio Conference website (click here).

CHANGE – Our warming atmosphere is contributing to slower, wetter hurricanes like Fiona. Challenge yourself to make one of the changes listed in our Sustainability Guide (Sustainability Booklet (westohioumc.org)) and do your part to reduce the impact of our climate crisis.

Click here to watch Puerto Rico Fiona Advance video