Responding to the Water Crisis in Mississippi

September 19, 2022
Water Crisis!

On August 30, 2022, the pumps failed at the water treatment plant in Jackson, MS, and the entire city of Jackson, MS, was without water – no water flowing through their faucets, and now that temporary pumps are in place at the treatment plant still none of the water is yet safe to drink.  160,000 people are without clean water to drink or bathe with, or to wash clothes or dishes.  Ascension Lutheran Church is reaching out to its neighbors and assisting in this response. The Southeastern Synod is working with them and with our churchwide partner LDR alongside partner organizations on the ground in Jackson to provide relief and work toward Long Term Recovery.  

How you can help:
  • Coordinate a collection of much-needed supplies: water, hygiene items, sanitizer, and paper goods and deliver them to Jackson MS
  • Donate funds to buy water, hygiene items, sanitizer, and paper goods. Donate funds to provide much-needed equipment [forklifts, pallet jacks] to help with the movement and distribution of supplies. Donate funds to help with staff support to assist in the coordination of distribution and the work of long-term recovery. Donate funds to help with emergency assistance for individuals and families who have endured a financial crisis related to a lack of water.
    • While we are setting up a separate FUND for the Mississippi Water Crisis, please consider giving to our general Synod Disaster Response Fund, here:  
  • Come and volunteer! Volunteers are needed to help deliver water and supplies to the community. 

Pastor Tom Clark is our disaster coordinator on site for this response.  If you can help by volunteering your time to help with deliveries or can donate supplies, please contact him at thomas.e.clark518@gmail.com or Pastor Morgan Gordy at pmgordy@elca-ses.org.

Please give generously so all may have clean water.