August 3 Update: Ellicott City Flood – How You Can Help
Clean-up on Main Street in Ellicott City will take a long time, reports the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, who took this picture yesterday, Aug. 2. She visited the area as the BWC’s Coordinator of Volunteers in Mission program, meeting with the pastors at Emory and Mt. Zion UMC, along with the Rev. JW Park, superintendent of the Central Maryland District. See below for how you can help.
A devastating flash flood hit Ellicott City last Saturday night, causing two deaths and destroying several businesses and homes. Neither of the two United Methodist churches in Ellicott City sustained significant damage, but the Education Building at Emory UMC saw their toilets back-up in to the building.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) An ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE will be held at Emory UMC, 3799 Church Road, tomorrow night, August 4, at 7 p.m. Parking for the vigil will be available in the Court House complex parking lot with a path and stairs that lead down to the church. For more information about the #PrayforEC vigil, visit www.emoryum.org .
2) To donate money to help with flood relief efforts, visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can also provide monetary donations through Grassroots Crisiis Intervention Center, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia (the money will be used to provide emergency hotel shelter for displaced people). Gift cards to departments stores (for clothes, etc.), gas stations and grocery stores are also needed. Learn more by visiting their website .
3) Donations of food are being accepted by the Community Action Council (CAC). You can drop off items at the Howard County Food Bank, 8920 Rt. 108 in Columbia. Items most needed are high-protein canned meals with pop-tops (ravioli, spaghetti, soups); single serve, ready-to-eat breakfast/snack/energy bars; paper plates, napkins, plastic forks and spoons; toiletries; diapers; baby food products; water; can openers. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Bank to sort donations, contact the CAC at 410-313-0703, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Donations of tents are needed to assist with helping the unhoused and homeless of Ellicott City who lost all of their tents. There is a need for 180, 3-person/3-season tents. They may be dropped off at Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia.
5) Donations of clothing are NOT needed at this time because there is no storage space. Instead, gift cards for clothing stores are welcome.