In the early morning hours of March 3, 2020, a devastaing tornado struck Nashville, leaving wide-spread destruction throughout the city. We are accepting donations to for storm relief, and Pastor Stacey will be sure the funds go where they are needed most. Scroll to the bottom of this paget to find our donation form.
We have had a number of requests for people who want to help in the wake of the tornado. So far, we've assisted with meals and getting two generators to people who needed it. West End is such a generous community! Here's what we know as of right now:
We received a call from our TN Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Robert Craig about a new volunteer sign-up form for United Methodists in our area. If you are eager to volunteer, please fill out this form: https://
franklinfirstumc.ccbchurch. com/…/…/390/responses/new. From this form, they will collect your number and email address and be able to send you volunteer needs as they arise.
You can also sign up for volunteer opportunities at https://www.hon.org/ and you will be contacted when needs arise.
Only donate what is requested. We are closely following Lee Chapel AME and Gideon's Army to get updated needs from them. Money is the best donation because we can use it to buy what is needed most. Donations can be made to the The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, at westendumc.org/tornadorelief, or U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery through Advance #901670. On the Community Foundation Website, there is more information about items they may need donated. Also, during storms, people often forget the organizations that still need their assistance for folks that are hungry or homeless. Check in with organizations like Luke 14:12 or Open Table (known needs are tents and sleeping bags) and see what their needs are.
To donate specifically to East End UMC:
There are two funds:
1) Disaster Relief - Church Needs, and
2) Disaster Relief - Community Needs.
Select the fund(s) you want to give to by using the drop-down menu.
- Keep an eye on our Facebook, Friday E-news, bulletin, and this page. We may have a need arise quickly without a Sunday to advertise it, so keeping up there is the best practice.
There will come a time in the next few weeks when the camers will be gone and outside groups will leave, that's when we will be needed the most. Tornado recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, and there will be waves of opportunites for us to assist. We will have opportunites to host teams coming to long-term recovery clean up and provide them food. As always, pray! If you have first hand information on a need we could assist with, please let us know. Also, here are a few resources to help with care for adults and kids following the storms.
You can give below to the West End UMC Tornado Relief Fund: