How You Can Help Now: Flood Update

national-guardAs cleanup begins we’re learning of many immediate needs. The best way to help in the short-term is to send monetary donations. This will enable us to assist immediate needs directly. There are some members of our congregations who have lost a great deal. We also have communities in which, while homes were not affected, the infrastructure like bridges were. This makes it difficult for residents to get to stores. Monetary donations will provide help with short-term and long-term needs.

In addition to monetary assistance, locally in the Midlands area we have three locations to drop off non-perishable food items, water and new cleaning supplies. Those locations are:

Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church
1000 B Ave.
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 796-5948

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
1118 Union St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-1507

Bethel Lutheran Church
2081 Dutch Fork Rd.
White Rock, SC 29177
(803) 781-2134

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.

Please do not send clothes!

How You Can Help Next

volunteersWe are expecting the need for volunteers will ramp up later this month. It is our hope to start locally. This recovery process will be long-term and could take years to complete. We are currently coordinating with Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Services Carolinas and the North Carolina Synod.

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.

From Our Volunteer Coordinator

By Rev. Roy Butler, Bethel, White Rock and Volunteer Coordinator

In an effort to improve our linking I am going to provide to you, our volunteers, some area of known need. I have attempted to prioritize but please correct me if I missed something. After providing the list of needs it would be great if you would offer to assist as you are able.

Current Needs:

  • Family from Christ the King, Columbia. Major gutting and removal of cabinets, etc. = Large number of families affected in the Lake Katherine area
  • Family Lost Home due to flooding. Member St. Paul’s, Columbia
  • Woman in the Broad River area of Columbia. Home flooded and underneath home flooded.
  • Family in the Pine Glen area of Saint Andrews. Workday scheduled for OCT 24 if interested call Sandra Holland at 803-269-9659
  • Two families in Lexington. One in need of financial assistance. The other in need of recovery after home devastated in Lake Katherine area
  • Family from Peak Parish needs nonperishable food
  • Family from Peak Parish needs nonperishable food
  • Recovery needs high in the Denny Terrace area of Columbia
  • Recovery needs continue to be high in Lake Katherine Area

Future needs:

Williamsburg and Georgetown counties. Water is still high making needs difficult to determine at present. In conversation with Vickie Powell the area is just now beginning to reach a stable point and needs should be forthcoming soon. Obvioulsy there will be continued needs for nonperishable food, diapers, etc. Please no clothes. Any questions on how you or your church may help please contact Vickie Powell at 843-344-2585.

If you know of needs not listed here, or if you are able to volunteer to assist with our current needs, please let us know by email at:


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.

Please download, fill out the forms from this page, and send them to the South Carolina Synod office if you are volunteering.

All those interested in volunteering please read the material and complete the forms below.


The South Carolina Synod is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for the people of South Carolina in the midst of severe flooding. Please continue to be in prayer. Here are two resources to consider using during worship in the days ahead.

Download Worship Resources for flooding and ecological disaster >>
Download this bulletin insert from Lutheran Disaster Response >>

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