Rebuild: Up From the Ashes
What are we doing?
In July of 2014, Washington’s worst fire in history — the Carlton Complex — destroyed 312 homes. A year later, the Okanogan Complex re burned hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed 188 more homes. We are continuing our partnership to help the survivors of both of these res recover.
Funded by donors and built by volunteers, we’re replacing homes for people who don’t have the resources to rebuild on their own.
The people of Okanogan County also proving that, together, they are stronger than fire.
Join us in helping them to rebuild!
Donate Now! (Read on for offline donation instructions.)
Our United Methodist Effort
Did you know that United Methodists have been heavily involved already in the response to the wildfires that have ravaged North Central Washington in 2014 and 2015?
United Methodist churches in The Pacific Northwest Conference, volunteers from across the state (and country), and financial resources from here and around the global connection have helped respond to the dire need. We still have work to do.
This is a long-term recovery and rebuild effort. During Phases 1 and 2 of the recovery, 30 houses were funded and built or are under construction. The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) is planning Phase 3 and Phase 4 for at least 30 more houses. No funding exists for these.
The Pacific Northwest Conference Board of Laity supports this rebuild effort and seeks the funding needed to continue this work. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provided major funding during Phases 1 and 2 of the recovery and rebuild effort. We will continue this effort.
We are asking members of our United Methodist Churches to reach out to fellow members, and community partners, to help us achieve this goal.
In addition to funding, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams will have the opportunity to contribute their skills to this rebuild effort. In particular, United Methodists volunteers will be needed to help to finish the interiors of homes as Phase Two progresses.
Setting Your Goals
It takes an average of $90,000 in materials, permits, and site work to build a fire-wise home from the foundation up.
Your gift is stretched as far as possible by the fact that virtually all of the labor is being donated by volunteers including fellow United Methodists. Please help us keep them in materials!
We offer the following suggested goals to help individuals, churches, and other groups to set a goal they can see.
- A room: $15,000
- Frame an entire house: $10,000
- A roof: $5,000
- Doors and windows: $2,500
- Appliances: $2,000
- Flooring: $1,500
- Plumbing fixtures: $700
- Interior trim: $500
- A tree for the yard: $49
- Flowers, ornamentals, or a welcome mat: $25
*Note: No gift is too small, and all gifts will be applied to the next most urgently needed item.
How to Give
The summers of 2014 and 2015 presented us with the most devastating wild re seasons experienced in the Pacific Northwest. Each was filled with both personal tragedies and significan’t property loss. Our continued prayers are very important, so are our actions.
You can support the Rebuild: Up From the Ashes campaign by making a donation to our Pacific Northwest Conference’s Disaster Fund (Advance #352) through your local church.
If you are unable to give through a local church, you may send a check to:
Pacific Northwest Conference Office
C/O Conference Treasurer
P.O. Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198
with “Conference Advance #352” and “Project Rebuild” on the memo line.
You can also give online:
100% of your gift will be used to support the efforts to rebuild lives and to bring renewed hope to those who lost homes to the fires.
Your generous donation is tax-deductible.
For Community Partners
Thank you for considering to support this partnership with the people of The United Methodist Church and the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Campaign.
If you would prefer to give your gifts directly to that campaign, or to learn more, visit: okanogancountyrecovery.com
Let’s Go Help Some People!
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