Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

From initial damage assessment to welcoming residents back into their homes, Disaster Relief volunteers are the first on the scene and the last to leave.

Bringing Hope to Crisis

When you’ve seen a disaster on the news in the last 50 years, what you may not have seen is the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers who were already on the scene—and they remained long after news cameras left town. As the third-largest disaster response team in the nation, this network of state-based volunteers teams does more than just clean up; they bring the healing of Christ to those whose lives have been shattered.

Pray for those affected and those who will serve them. Give to support state SBDR teams who are being the hands and feet of Jesus to hurting people.

I thank the crews from the Southern Baptists because when those guys came in, you could only see the love of God.
When I first saw all that water, my thinking was this neighborhood is never going to be the same again. And I still will say that—it’s never going to be the same again. I think it’s going to be better. Because the love of God has been shown.
- Ruby McElveen, Recipient of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief flood assistance
When you give to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, you can be confident you are meeting the immediate, significant needs of people in crisis while also investing in long-term gospel influence. We recommend you give directly to those states facing the greatest needs. Those states appear at the top of the drop-down list below. Choose a state, and you will be directed to the appropriate site to make your gift.
States impacted by natural disasters may need your help. Locate the state Disaster Relief directors below where you may be needed most. They can provide the best information for training and deployment opportunities. If you are already an SBDR trained volunteer and have not yet been deployed, contact your state DR director to let him know of your availability to serve.

Some of the Great Work by SBDR in 2019


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Meals Prepared


Volunteer Days


Homeowners Assisted


Gospel Presentations


Professions of Faith