World Renew Prepares to Help as Hurricane Michael Hits the Florida

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a growing Category 4 hurricane today, with 140 mph winds, a foot of rain, and up to 13-foot storm surge, affecting people from Tampa to the Alabama state line.

Over 100,000 Florida residents have received evacuation orders and nearly four million are in the storm’s path. Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Gulf Coast and Big Bend in decades.

World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Michael. 

Regional Managers for the southeastern U.S. from World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) have begun preparations for a response to the storm. They and World Renew DRS staff are collaborating with government and other non-profit organizations to plan for the possible launch of early assessment and rapid response teams into the damage areas as soon as they are accessible.

World Renew DRS provides volunteer labor and free recovery services in communities that are effected by natural disaster in the U.S. and Canada. World Renew prioritizes assisting disaster survivors who may “fall through the cracks” in these communities, such as the elderly, people who live below the poverty line, people with disabilities, and homeowners without insurance or in other circumstances that prevent them from recovering on their own.

World Renew DRS manages approximately 3,000 trained volunteers and is currently active in responding to Hurricane Florence last month, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, as well as wildfires on the West Coast and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Tarboro, North Carolina, in 2016.

This week, World Renew DRS is beginning a response in the Carolinas to September’s catastrophic rain and flood damage from Hurricane Florence. The first volunteer team to begin providing clean up and mucking out services to homeowners affected by Florence arrives in New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday, October 13, 2018. More rain is expected from Michael the Carolinas this week, where the already saturated ground may put clean up efforts there on hold.

To support World Renew DRS in responding to the needs of people affected by Hurricane Michael, donate online.

Checks marked “Hurricane Michael” can be mailed to:

World Renew Canada
3475 Mainway
Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8
or call (800) 730-3490

World Renew US
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
or call (800) 552-7972

For more information or to arrange an interview, Members of the Press can contact: Kellie Scholma, World Renew DRS Communications Manager, at; or Beth DeGraff, U.S. Media Contact at

PHOTO TOP: National Hurricane Center ‏ @NHC_Atlantic A Facebook Live broadcast will take place at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1:20 CDT) with NHC director Ken Graham, providing an update on Hurricane #Michael 


We are there to help!

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Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation.

When disasters strike, World Renew responds to the urgent needs that arise. In North America, this often includes clearing debris, assessing needs, training local leaders, and repairing and rebuilding damaged homes. Internationally, it includes providing and distributing emergency food, water, shelter, and other supplies. It also often involves reconstruction of homes and livelihoods. World Renew’s ability to respond to disaster is enhanced and greatly supported by a number of strategic partnerships and alliances.

World Renew does not receive denominational ministry shares and depends on the regular financial support of God’s people.

World Renew is accepting donations to begin to plan a response to help those most affected by Hurricane Florence in the days ahead. You can donate online 

World Renew’s Disaster Response Services volunteers give of their time and talents to help clear debris, assess needs, and rebuild homes after disasters strike. Click the link for current volunteer opportunities.

Youth Summer Mission Trip

taylorsville-nc-welcomeThis summer our youth group will experience the great beauty of both people and nature in the scenic small town of Taylorsville, North Carolina from June 30 to July 8. By participating in work projects, running a Kids Club, helping at a local nutrition program and supporting a few other ministries, we’ll make connections with the people of the area while addressing some significant needs. In the evenings, our group will visit a cowboy church, experience the thrill of a homemade water park, hike to the top of Lowe’s Lookout and partake in a community cookout. Our sponsor organization, YouthWorks has partnered with this community since 2006.

Serving in Blue Ridge Mountains
We will serve through painting, cleaning, helping with yard work or doing other simple work projects.
We will plan and lead children’s programming, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading activities.
We will partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
During the week, our students may serve at one or more of the service options.


End of Year Celebration!!!!


Friendship Club END of YEAR CELEBRATION!

Monday May 21 at 6:30 PM (Volunteers & visitors can arrive @ 6:15 PM)

Our LAST meeting for the year! We will showcase Camp Reports and our talents!

So bring yourself, a story, a medal, a trophy…

whatever you would like to share.

ALSO – Bring your favorite Ice Cream topping for our traditional Summer Sundae Treat at the end!

A ministry WITH people who have disabilities at

Faith Community Church, 401 Stone Street, Beaver Dam, WI

More information about Friendship Club