Irma recovery will need massive support of volunteers and donors



People across the state of Florida are proving that while Irma was a really big storm, together, with God, we are bigger #flumcWeAreBigger than the destruction Irma left behind.

During a visit to Key West UMC and Marathon Community UMC, our photographer captured a spirit of hope, love, teamwork and compassion in the photos below. The images also underscore how massive the disaster is and the large volume of resources--funding and volunteers--are needed to help survivors and their communities. To view more photos like these from the Conference's disaster response ministry, click here.

--Photos by Rev. Deborah Coble

Editor's Note: Donate here to the Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Fund to help churches and the neighborhoods that surround them. Volunteer to bring yourself or a team to help with the recovery. Together, with God, we are bigger! #flumcWeAreBigger


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A compactor at the recycling center in Marathon seeing great use from a surplus of hurricane-damaged appliances.

Susan, a resident of Big Pine Key, Florida, surveys the damage from Hurricane Irma.

A home damaged by Hurricane Irma, is slated for demolition. Big Pine Key, Florida

A home, damaged by Hurricane Irma, is slated for demolition. Big Pine Key, Florida

Donations still fill the corners at Key West United Methodist Church, Key West, Florida.

Rev. Laura Ice and Rev. Terri Hill tour the space used to distribute much-needed food and supplies to the residents of Key West following the landfall of Hurricane Irma.

Key West United Methodist Church has bunk rooms to house work teams. Since Hurricane Irma made landfall they have hosted teams each week.

Debris and garbage litter the roadsides over a months after the storm.

Debris continues to litter the roadsides. Florida Keys

This mobile home has abandoned beside the highway. Florida Keys

Big Pine Key United Methodist Church. Big Pine Key received a direct hit from Hurricane Irma as a Category 4 storm.

The congregation of Big Pine Key UMC is meeting in the fellowship hall as they repair the rest of the church.

Troop 573 Scout leader, Allen Pinkley, from Big Pine Key United Methodist Church, shares the story of how the congregation came together to clean up their church after the storm. Allen and his family lost their home in Hurricane Irma.

Mark and his high school friend, Leanne, share their experiences from Hurricane Irma.

A home damaged by Hurricane Irma on Big Pine Key. All that's left of the top floor is the chimney and bathroom.

Many street signs were downed by flooding and strong winds.

Sand was washed ashore by storm surge. This is an important turtle habitat so workers are doing their best to clean up the sand before the turtles arrive. Sombrero Beach, Florida.

Pastor Larry White on Sombrero Beach, Marathon, Florida.


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Donate here to the Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Fund to help churches and the neighborhoods that surround them. Volunteer to bring yourself or a team to help with the recovery. Together, with God, we are bigger!


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