How You Can Help
(Last Updated Thursday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.) Originally Published Monday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. Many are asking how you can help with flood recovery efforts. Here are the ways we are suggesting:
Donate money for nursing home residents. We are continuing to work with the Madison House and the Pierce Premiere Estates Nursing Home to meet the needs of individual residents. We are suggesting financial donations at this time so that we can purchase needed items, rather than collecting too much of certain items while other needs go unfulfilled. You may drop off your cash or check donation in the church office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.This current need for these residents has been met but we are evaluating ongoing needs. We will keep you updated on this project. Thank you!
- Make a donation to the Great Plains Disaster Fund. The Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church has established a special fund specifically for flood relief efforts. You can make a donation to this special fund at the church office or during worship by writing the number 975/410101 in the memo line or by giving online at the conference website.
- Make a donation to the Salvation Army. We spoke with the Norfolk Salvation Army this morning and they indicated financial donations are the most needed item at this time.
- Make a donation to the Orphan Grain Train. We spoke with the Orphan Grain Train this morning. Their biggest needs at this time are financial contributions, humidifiers and cleaning supplies such as Pine Sol, dish soap, scrub brushes, heavy duty trash bags and heavy duty cleaning gloves. Any items that are not used in flood recovery efforts will go towards their next disaster response. Donate online at www.ogt.org/donate and choose your donation to go to Nebraska Floods or mail your donation marked for Nebraska Floods to: Orphan Grain Train, PO Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702.
- Make a donation to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. A Disaster Relief Fund has been established at the foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities affected by the storms and flooding. 100% of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Checks can be made out to Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and mailed to: Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, Attn: Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501-0299. You may also donate online.
- Donate to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is requesting financial donations at this time since material goods are hard to distribute. You can make a donation online at redcross.org/local/nebraska.
- Donate to the United Way. The United Way of the Midlands has established the Nebraska & Iowa Flood Relief Fund to help people who lost homes or are otherwise impacted. 100% of the donations recieved will be given to nonprofit programs that provide shelter, food and other serivces. You can also direct gifts to any flood-impacted community. Go to unitedwaymidlands.org/floodrelief or text FLOODRELIEF to 41444. United Way also is helping flood victims in Nebraska and southwest Iowa through its 211 Helpline.
For relief efforts throughout northeast Nebraska, follow News Channel Nebraska.
Resources for Those in Need
If you are in need of assistance due to the flooding, here are some resources:
Free legal assistance. Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Disaster Relief Project offers free legal assistance on legal issues to victims of state-declared disasters, through a network of volunteer lawyers across Nebraska. Legal problems may include insurance issues, government benefits, housing for renters and owners, contractor fraud issues and document recovery. More information can be found on their website.
For farmers and ranchers. The Nebraska Farm Bureau has established a Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Apply online.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has put together a list of resources available to farmers and ranchers. You can find more information on their website.
Prescription assistance. Flood-affected plan members in Nebraska can contact a provider or get an early prescription refill by calling the number on the back of their medical ID cards. If you’ve lost your card, call 866-633-2446. Optum, a health and behavioral health services company affiliated with United HealthCare, has a free emotional-support help line at 866-342-6892. Mental health specialists will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. It’s open to anyone.
Veteran’s assistance. For veterans affected by recent flooding in Nebraska, the Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) may be able to assist with food, clothing, and emergency housing (i.e. hotel accommodations). Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine the amount of assistance a veteran and/or their eligible dependents would be able to receive. Veterans should apply for NVA through their county Veteran Service Officer.
Home clean up. Residents who need help with home cleanup, cutting trees, removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture and appliances or other physical labor-type jobs, can call the Crisis Clean Up Hotline at (833) 566-2476 to get on a needs list.
Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is coordinating volunteers from across the country to assist with cleanup. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2UMNtRy.
Donations Sought for Nursing Home Residents
Updated Monday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. Thank you for your donations! We have met the current need for these residents and are now taking monetary donations to purchase supplies for these residents. If you would like to contribute, you can drop off cash or checks in the church office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Updated Saturday, March 16 at 3:15 p.m. Needed: The Pierce nursing home and Madison House residents who were evacuated to the Norfolk Care and Rehab facility are in need of toiletries, clothes, and electric razors (for men who are on blood thinners.)
Donna Rector will be at church on Sunday, March 17 from 3-5 p.m. collecting these items and will deliver to the facility. You can also bring items with you to worship and drop them off in the Welcome Center area.
If you can help with some of these things, please do. If you are unable to drop off these items tomorrow, please let us know so that we can make alternate arrangements.
An Update on Our Members and Friends
Updated Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. Today, we were able to talk with quite a few members and friends who were evacuated or otherwise impacted by the flooding. We are happy to report that most told us they had little or no damage to their property and were happy to return home!
We know that many were not as fortunate. If you are in need of any assistance during this time, please contact us. We have several generous members who have already told us they are ready and willing to help where needed.
And, please, continue to pray for not only Norfolk and northeast Nebraska, but the rest of the state as this historic flooding now moves out of our area.
Finally, thank you! Thank you to our city and county officials and employees, first responders, road crews, emergency management officials, local businesses and generous citizens who gave of their time and resources, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Orphan Grain Train and other organizations who mobilized so quickly. It was amazing to watch God work through all of you.
Please Check in with Us
Updated March 14 at 6:36 p.m. Are you safe? Do you need any assistance? Can we help you deal with a flood related emergency? We are asking all members to check in and let us know if you are safe, evacuated or need assistance in the form of food, shelter or assistance with flood clean up.
If you are able to provide assistance to those in need, please fill out the form below. Even if you are unsure how you can help but would still like to, we encourage you to fill out the form.
Donations Sought for Area Shelters
Updated March 18 at 1:00 p.m. This need has been met. Thank you!
Updated March 14 at 5:00 p.m. We are seeking donations for our shelters. If anyone in Norfolk has air mattresses or roll up mats that they are able to donate, please drop them off at the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska at 1800 Syracuse Avenue. Please use your best judgement when considering going out; your safety is our utmost concern. Thank you for your support!
Downtown Norfolk Evacuated; Church Closed
Thursday, March 14 at 7:45 a.m. On the morning of Thursday, March 14, we were notified that downtown Norfolk was being evacuated due to flooding. The church office will be closed today and all activities will be canceled.
We urge all citizens to keep up to date with the latest flood developments on the city’s website.