Urgent Need for Site Assessors in South Bend

To move forward with recovery efforts in the South Bend area from the recent floods, Site Assessors are needed immediately. 
Barbara Tripp from UMCOR will be in South Bend to help with Site Assessment Training, Early Response Training, and Team Leader Training, Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9. This is an excellent opportunity to receive quality training and help in Early Response work. 

Contact Acting Disaster Response Coordinator Mike Irvine by email at mike.irvine@inumc.org or by phone at 812-554-0337, if you are interested or have questions.

Cleaning Bucket Information


Completed cleaning buckets are now being collected at Kokomo St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 700 E. Southway Blvd, Kokomo IN 46902, during office hours of 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Cleaning buckets will be used for immediate needs in the Kokomo area. Remaining buckets will be sent to Midwest Mission Distribution Center. Collection will run now through Monday, September 19. The cleaning bucket supply list can be found here. 

If you would like to donate funds, please send them through your church to one of the following:

  1. Indiana Disaster Fund – being used for immediate needs and relief in the Kokomo and South Bend areas. To designate your donation, please select "Indiana Disaster Fund."
  2. Kokomo Urban Outreach – being used for immediate needs as well as recovery for the outreach center and the community it serves.
  3. Midwest Mission Distribution Center – funds will be used for restocking the shelves with flood buckets (over 4,000 were sent to Louisiana and other areas)
  4. UMCOR – provides grants and funding after disasters strike

For questions, contact Allison Curts allison.curts@inumc.org or (812) 236–1092.

For location and delivery questions, contact Kokomo St. Luke’s UMC, (765) 453–0555, and office@stlukesumc.net (Julie). 

Other drop-off locations:

Please stop in the church office upon arrival for more information when delivering.

West District

Collection at Brazil First UMC

201 North Meridian Street, Brazil, IN 47834

Now through October 7

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Contact: Sharon Koehler, skmkoehler@gmail.com


East District

Collection at Richmond First UMC

318 National Rd W, Richmond, IN 47374

Now through October 7

8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Contact: Arrange other drop-off times by calling Rev. Ted Chalk at (765) 993–0555


Collection at Riverside UMC in Muncie

1201 North Wheeling Ave., Muncie, IN 47303

8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday

Contact: Arrange other times by calling Rev. John Young at (765) 278–8733


Northwest District

Collection at Wabash First UMC

110 Cass Street, Wabash, IN 46992

Now through October 7

8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday

Contact: Rev. Kurt Freeman, Senior Pastor, kurt.freeman@inumc.org

Collection at St. Andrew UMC

4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, IN, 47906

Now – October 7

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Contact: Donna Biehl, Church Administrator, donna@andrew-umc.org

Northeast District

Collection at Saint Joseph UMC

6004 Reed Road (Corner of Reed & St. Joe Center Roads)

Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Contact: (260) 485-9681

North District

Participants are encouraged to make monetary donations to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, PO Box 56, Chatham, IL 62629. You may also donate online. 

Contact: Bonnie Albert, bonnie.albert@inumc.org

Southwest District

Ingathering for UMCOR

Collection at Petersburg First UMC

801 Walnut Street, Petersburg, IN 47567

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST), Sunday, Oct. 2 – Tuesday, Oct. 4

More information available, here

Contact: Pastor Sam Padgett, umcpastorsam@gmail.com