In addition to its planned work with constituents and global partners, BWM provides funds and teams to assist with ongoing disaster relief, both globally and within our borders.
Following a disaster, the Board of World Mission generally looks to support professional first responder organizations through financial support as needed, and then to focus on longer-term efforts to assist with ongoing volunteer engagement. When a disaster occurs, our Director of Mission Engagement will send a notice to congregations to make them aware of opportunities to give and any relief teams that might be forming. We encourage that donations to cover disaster relief be designated for our general disaster relief account so that the BWM has the flexibility to respond immediately to financial needs that arise in the face of disaster.
The Board of World Mission is available to work with your congregation to help with disaster response preparedness. This includes assisting your congregation in making a plan on how you would respond to a disaster in the local community (provide meals or shelter, etc.) or compiling information on those interested and any relevant skills to be ready to volunteer should the need arise. Contact Director of Mission Engagement Chris Giesler for more information, [email protected].
Please donate by going to our giving page and designating your gift for “Moravian Disaster Response.”
Why give to “Moravian Disaster Response” generally instead of to a specific disaster?
All funds given to Moravian Disaster Response will be used in disaster relief. Gifts given to the general disaster fund allow us to release funds immediately in the wake of a disaster where needed most and help to replenish our reserves in preparation for the next disaster as well. If funds are designated to a specific disaster, we must wait until we can solicit and receive donations before we can get funds to where they are needed most. Additionally, needs in a disaster-stricken area change as the area moved from response to recovery and rebuilding. Having funds designated for general use helps allow for flexibility during these transitions.