Merrimack Valley gas explosion

How you can help

This page includes  the latest
information we have 
about how United Methodists in 
New England can help those affected
by the Sept. 13, 2018 gas explosions
in Lawrence, North Andover, and  
Andover, MA


Read Bishop Devadhar's Sept. 13 message


New England Conference leadership is in conversation around the needs of the affected communities and is exploring the most effective ways to assist those who may not receive help through other channels.

We will keep you informed about the ways that you can support those affected by this disaster – including information from the clergy and others who are on the ground helping right now through a number of efforts. Watch the website, e-news and our social media channels.

To learn more about the situation as it unfolds, here are community websites offering updates:

UMCOR grant

The Conference has received a $10,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to address  needs in the Merrimack Valley. The funds will be disbursed through the Director of Connectional Ministries and Conference Disaster Response offices. 

One of the best ways that you can help right now is to make a gift through UMCOR. While donations to the U.S. Advance are not designated to a specific region or event, UMCOR  is helping here in the Merrimack Valley through the grant to the NEAC, and with your generous assistance, will be there to meet future needs here  in New England, and across the nation. And remember, 100 percent of funds donated to UMCOR fund relief efforts (not administrative costs).

To help through UMCOR you can:

  • Donate to UMCOR Disaster Response, U.S. Advance #901670 (The U.S. Advance will also aid those facing Hurricane Florence and other U.S. disasters).
  • Donations to UMCOR can be sent to the New England Conference office, 411 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
  • Receive a special offering at your church

Create recovery materials

Here are the guidelines for creating kits:

Hygiene kits

School kits

Cleaning kits 

Find a list of drop-off sites: