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OKUMC DR Newsletter

March 1, 2017

Disasters occur in a matter of minutes to hours depending on the type.  However, the affects last months to years if ever total recovery is possible.

What is possible is continued presence in the disaster survivor’s life as we work toward recovery.  However, recovery depends much on volunteers.

Edward Everett Hale quoted, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

We trust this quote can become a motto we all live by as we look around and see the needs that surround us.



There are families still recovering from 2013, 2015 and 2016 disasters across the state.  As of this year’s ice storm there will be families looking for recovery in 2017.  During an Unmet Needs Committee meeting in one of our areas recently we heard the story of 20 new families in need of help.  Families that for one reason or another are not able to recover on their own.  Each task needed can be done by volunteers, but there are more disaster survivors in need than we currently have volunteer teams signed up to help.

Here at OKUMC-DR we do follow the motto to do what we can for as many as we can.  It mirrors the John Wesley quote, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Each individual and organization plays a role in helping those in need.  For OKUMC-DR our focus is on volunteers.  We have the organizational structure and staff to ensure a great experience for each volunteer team.  Our Project Managers review each project, purchase materials, provide tools, and will guide the team so they are successful in bringing the disaster survivor closer to recovery.  Our staff will also help your team find lodging and in general care for you while you are here.

Please call us today to find out more about volunteering in disaster recovery.  You can reach us by phone at 405-809-0904 or by email at



We are looking for the extravagant generosity of people and organizations across the country to aid in Oklahoma recovery efforts.

  • Average home recovery costs are $1,900 per family
  • Supply needs include OSB Subflooring, Drywall, Joint Compound, Joint Tape, Paint, Screws…

You can make a cash donation on our website at or you can make a donation of supplies by calling 405-698-8610.



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"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

~ Mother Teresa


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