United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
RESPONDING TO HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA
Oct 9, 2017 - UPDATE!
We are sending Early Response Teams to east Texas in late October and early November. Teams are forming NOW; you must be ERT certified. Contact Becky Platt for details.
Sept 13, 2017 - When the worst happens, United Methodist Volunteers and the United Methodist Committee on Relief are there and we are 'there' for the survivors of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And as United Methodist Volunteers and the United Methodist Committee on Relief we will be there until the recovery is complete. As the Oregon-Idaho Conference and in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Conference, we are working on a response plan that makes appropriate, effective and safe use of our resources, financial, material and human. At this time, we are not deploying ERT teams into either disaster zone; we hope to do this within the next 6 to 8 weeks. We will be providing, shortly, opportunities for individual, trained ERTs to respond as part of other teams from other conferences.
In the meantime, please consider training (see this page) so that you can join an ERT team in these early days after a disaster. Please also consider monetary donations to assist our ERTs when they are able to deploy (send donations to the conference treasurer, marked for "ERT Support").
As rebuild team opportunities become available, we'll post them here. It will be some months before either Texas or Florida will be ready but the time will come.
Who We Are:
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within the United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense. We typically serve in teams, often organized around one of our local churches. We are young, we are old and we are everything in between.
What We Do:
We serve locally, nationally, and internationally in a variety of projects that include teaching, construction, evangelism and medical treatment. We have specialized teams that respond in the aftermath of disaster to provide a caring presence in a time of great need as well as those who continue to assist in rebuilding long after the disaster itself has past.
How to Join Us:
If you have served outside the walls of a church, you already have! But there’s much more to do. On these pages, you’ll find ideas for being in mission, how to become a Team Leader, how to share your mission story, how to become a disaster response volunteer and more. Follow your call and join us!
ERT Training: September 30, Marysville, WA. More details here.
ERT Training: October 21, Portland, OR. More details here.
"Be Ready: Making Your Church Disaster Resilient" Training: October 14, Pocatello, ID. More details here.
Kenya 2018: Jan 4-24, 2018; Contact Louise Kienzle for more information.