Flood Update: How You Can Help

national-guardAs cleanup continues we are still learning of many needs. The best way to help in the short-term is to send monetary donations. This will enable us to assist those needs directly. There are some members of our congregations who have lost a great deal. We also have communities in which homes dramatically affected and infrastructure is still being repaired. Your monetary donations will provide help with short-term and long-term needs.

The South Carolina Synod has set up online giving to assist with this process.



Checks or money orders should be sent and made payable to:
South Carolina Synod, ELCA
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Write “Flooding” on the memo line.

How You Can Help Next

volunteersWe are expecting the need for volunteers will continue over the next year to 18 months. We are currently coordinating with Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Services Carolinas.

Pastor Roy Butler will be our volunteer coordinator. We have set up an email account for this purpose. For individuals and groups who wish to volunteer, please email Pastor Butler using this address:


We ask that you use this email address as the point of contact for Pastor Butler and not to call him or his congregation about volunteering at this time as to minimize confusion.

Pastor Butler also needs to hear from congregations about where volunteers are needed and what types of projects need to be completed. Pastors, if you know of any specific projects please use the email above. If your congregation is in the Midlands or Low Country areas and is capable of housing volunteers (i.e. showers, assist with feeding, sleeping arrangements, etc.), please let Pastor Butler know that as well. It would be best if only one person from each congregation would be the point of contact.

Update from the Georgetown County Area:

From Rev. Vickie Powell, Trinity, Georgetown

Georgetown County brought in All Hands Volunteers immediately in the week of flooding to assist with recovery. Anyone wishing to volunteer for Georgetown County can go to HANDS.ORG and click on SC then choose which area Georgetown or Columbia, etc. they wish to serve. They work with all denominations.

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