Flooding takes its toll on upper Midwest

Thrivent members have an opportunity to help

"Flash flooding causes 'historic' damage."

"Flooding brings death, destruction to Upper Midwest."

"State of emergency declared!"

These headlines tell of the devastation that recently hit the upper Midwest when heavy mid-June rains triggered flash floods – particularly in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Photos of sinkholes, collapsed roads and flooded streets paint a picture of destruction and have evoked both compassion and action from people across the country, including Thrivent members who are asking, "How can I help?"

Thrivent Action Teams can make an immediate impact

Thrivent members are quick to respond when a natural disaster strikes. The effect is immediate and can be far-reaching.

Wildfires ripped through parts of Kansas and Oklahoma in March 2017, causing the deaths of people and animals, and destroyed more than 2 million acres of property. Brothers Chance and Lance Sommerer, of Jefferson City, Missouri, led a Thrivent Action Team that created art amid chaos. The team used scorched barbed wire to custom-make sculptures, including lawn d├ęcor, crosses, flowers and 7-foot snowmen. Each piece was sold for $55. Their creative teamwork raised $10,000 in cash donations as well as spurred contributions of fence posts, protein feed and hay that filled more than 60 trucks and trailers.

After Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in September 2017, Sherrey and Jason Pridmore, from Jensen Beach, Florida, wanted to help. They organized a Thrivent Action Team with the middle school and high school kids from their church, Palm City Presbyterian Church. The team purchased trash bags, gloves, tools and other needed supplies. Then they spent a weekend clearing debris from five homes and properties.

How can I help?

The individuals and communities affected by the recent flash floods are still in desperate need of donations, supplies and other assistance.

"The devastation in Houghton and surrounding communities is immense," says Ross Rinkinen, a Thrivent Financial representative in the Houghton, Michigan, area. "The people of Copper Country are hardworking and resilient, but more help is needed."

Here are a few ways to share your gifts of time and resources with people who need them urgently.

Your actions make a difference: Donate, direct, volunteer


The organizations listed below are actively working to support the disaster. To donate or direct, simply click the appropriate button under the organization you wish to give to. Thrivent will pay all processing fees to ensure 100% of your donation goes directly to help people in need.1

Keweenaw Community Foundation
Hancock, MI

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin Upper Michigan Inc.
Milwaukee, WI


Lead a Thrivent Action Team in your community to raise funds for flood victims in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. When applying for a Thrivent Action Team:

  • Use promo code "UMW Flooding".
  • Enter your project date 21 days out from the day you apply.
  • Note: Due to the urgent need for support, we will expedite the approval process for your Thrivent Action Team application when you use this promo code. You will receive your Thrivent Action Team Kit (containing $250 in seed money, team T-shirts and promotional materials) within five to seven business days of approval.

Disaster Response

When tragedy strikes, many of us ask: "What can I do?" From charitable giving through hands-on support and personal donations to national grants, we're here to help when regional or national disasters happen.

3 ways you can help

Thrivent action teams

Personal Donations

Personal donations can be made through InFaith Community Foundation to help those impacted by natural disasters.

Thrivent choice dollars

Direct Choice Dollars

Eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice Dollars® to help provide disaster victims with support as they begin to recover.

Donate to the cause

Local support

Thrivent Action Teams bring people in local communities together to raise funds for regional or national disasters.