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TACCOR is the disaster relief mission from the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Who is TACCOR

Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief (TACCOR) is a ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. TACCOR is in its entirety a group of volunteers who work together to be the hands and feet of Christ responding to the survivors of disasters. The leadership of TACCOR is a very dedicated group of volunteers who are appointed based on knowledge, skills, and willingness to serve at least four years in their position.

Most of our responders come aboard as members on one of our four teams. During the disaster any other volunteer who would like to help may join our teams. We assign team memberhsip based on skills and ability to serve.

The mission of TACCOR (Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief), in partnership with UMCOR, is to do all in our power to prevent and/or reduce human suffering in the name of Christ.  Actions recommended herein will comply with the trademark UMCOR has established for helping survivors of a disaster.  The goal of our actions is as follows:

  • stabilize the situation
  • do no harm
  • prevent further damage

Disaster preparedness, response and recovery are vital parts of our mission which clearly fall within the parameters of our Biblical calling to love one another.

I Peter 4:8-11

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.  God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.”
–New Living Bible

This calling to love includes becoming the hands, feet, and face of Jesus in the midst of disaster.  This directly reflects our Core Beliefs of Radical Hospitality, Risk-taking Mission, Extravagant Generosity and Connectional Ministry.

Matthew 5:15

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, established a Simple Rule for applying these injunctions to love and good works.

  • Do all the good you can,
  • By all the means you can,
  • In all the ways you can,
  • In all the places you can,
  • At all the times you can,
  • To all the people you can,
  • As long as ever you can.

 

In an effort to live out our faith, expressed in Wesley’s Simple Rule, this plan is offered.

 

What We Do

TACCOR responds to disasters inside the Texas Annual Conference and outside the conference when invited by other conferences.

When disaster strikes generally the local church is first to respond. TACCOR supports those efforts by bringing in as needed conference wide resources to help fa ciliate the response. We assist with people power, feet on the ground to help with clean-up of the areas affected by the disaster. Helping to secure property while the property owner awaits help from their insurer or other agencies with rebuilding is a key component to what we do.

Our CARE team lends an ear and a shoulder to those who need someone to talk with about the pain of their loss. These specially trained persons are some of the first to arrive on the scene and spend time as well at shelter areas, where they are needed they go.

Our Communications and Logistics teams are there to make sure the CARE teams and Early Responder Teams are able to carry out their duties on the front line.

 

How you can Help

Become a volunteer by first picking the team where you want to serve and getting trained to be part of the team.