Ongoing Disaster Relief Efforts
Special Appeal: Puerto Rico
Volunteers are urgently needed to help the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico as they recover from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Registrations are now being taken for Early Response Teams (ERT) and Long-Term Recovery (LTR) Teams. ERTs should be in contact with their Conference Disaster Response Coordinator first.
Interested teams are encouraged to visit this link to express their interest in serving:
Additionally, UMCOR will be updating the following webpage with information as it becomes available: http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/puerto-rico-volunteers
All registrations will be received by the Puerto Rico Volunteer Coordinator, based in the North Central Jurisdiction UMVIM office, who will handle follow-up, screening and scheduling of teams in conjunction with his counterpart from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.
Once a team receives an invitation and confirmation to serve, teams will be encouraged to return to umvimnej.org/mission-insurance to register for mission team insurance prior to departure.
Volunteers must be 18+ and in good physical condition due to environmental and infrastructure concerns on the island. The full set of volunteer guidelines from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico can be downloaded below.
In the Northeastern Jurisdiction
UMVIM and UMCOR are working with Volunteer West Virginia during the recovery from the 2016 floods. Donations can be made through the United Methodist Foundation of the West Virginia Annual Conference at WV-VOAD Disaster Recovery Fund. Also stay up to date on the latest developments through our Facebook Page at NEJ UMVIM.
You will find an attached form that each team/individual is asked to fill out and send back to the Disaster Response Team. After your form is received you will be contacted and scheduled for a time and location of service.
Forms should be submitted to:
Rev. Dave Stilgenbauer
Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New Jersey through A Future With Hope
A Future With Hope is still working what remains of a $3.16 million grant from UMCOR to continue recovery from the 2012 Hurricane Sandy. There are many homes in Atlantic County that are still in need of volunteer teams. In many cases these are people who were swindled by contractors in the immediate aftermath of the storm and have now recovered their funds. The more teams, the further the grant money stretches and the more families we can help! Register here or join one of our existing teams.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York
The NYAC Sandy Recovery ministry is still looking for "Done in a Day" teams to complete projects in Connecticut and in Brooklyn/Queens. If you are interested please contact Gina Grubbs, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom Vencuss at email@example.com. There is also a great need for rental assistance / mortgage assistance for those still displaced from their homes.
Outside the Northeast
The Florida Annual Conference has a massive recovery operation set up with six operational centers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Visit the Florida Conference website for additional information or click here to register a team.
The Rio Texas Conference (from Corpus Christi south to the border) suffered great damage from both wind and water during Hurricane Harvey. They are registering ERT and Long-Term Recovery teams. Click on the appropriate link if you are interested in taking a team there to volunteer.
The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north to the Louisiana border) had severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey and needs tons of volunteers. Sign up through their website www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers.
Louisiana is recovering from Hurricane Harvey as well as two recent flooding events in different parts of the state. Volunteers are needed for all stages of the disaster cycle. To send a team, visit www.la-umc.org.
The North Carolina Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry continues to move forward with assisting families rebuild their lives after the massive flooding that took place from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The Conference has established Five Volunteer Recovery Centers to receive Volunteer Rebuilding Teams to help in some of the hardest affected areas. Centers have been set-up in Windsor, Tarboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton and Washington, NC. Each volunteer center provides sleeping quarters with twin size bunk beds, showers and kitchen facilities for food preparation. The centers have full time staff that provide site management, case management, construction management and material handlers to assure that volunteer teams have a meaningful mission trip. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free, however teams are asked to make a financial donation if possible. Each team is responsible for their food and transportation cost.
In each area there are hundreds of families that remain out of their homes. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew will take many years and many volunteer teams will be needed. We look forward to hearing from your team leaders to schedule your next mission trip. Please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-440-9167. You can also visit the NC Conference website for additional information about Hurricane Matthew recovery.
South Carolina: The South Carolina United Methodist Disaster Recovery program needs your help now and through all of 2018. Twenty four of the 46 counties in the state were affected by the Flooding rains in October 2015. Additional families were affected by the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Both individuals and teams of volunteers are needed to help repair homes and make them safe, sanitary and secure again. Please contact Ward Smith - Director of Recovery Ministry or Special Young - Administrative at email@example.com or 803-888-3051 for more information on how you can help.
Central Texas: We are looking for groups from High School age (with adult supervision) to adults. We have 36 homes in total in are in need of work in Hood County(Granbury, TX). The work varies from putting in sheetrock and insulation, laying flooring, painting and more. If you don’t know how you can have on the job training. Please, we are looking for groups of 3 or more to work. If you are interested in helping please contact our Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager Katheryn Meroney through the email and give her your contact information and choice of dates to work. From there she will send you forms to fill out for skill sets, and medical and liability release. The construction person will be in contact with you about types of work. If you know of groups who wish to stay overnight to work accommodations will be made for this also. The contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org Corsicana has 76 homes to be worked on with the same type of work and they will be ready for teams starting March 1st. Please contact Agustin Soto at email@example.com Both locations have the local Methodist church to stay in with showers and a kitchen for your accommodations. All of that will be arranged through your volunteer coordinator.
Southeast Arkansas: is seeking teams to help with repairs needed as a result of the March 2016 floods. The damage incurred is a result of the same storms that devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana. Organization of Long Term Recovery was delayed for various reasons but is now in place and operational. Projects are identified and funding secured but volunteer help is little to none. When considering mission opportunities, please consider our neighbors in Southeast Arkansas. Several priority cases are waiting. To volunteer contact Ron Jones, Site Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janice Mann, Disaster Response Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Mississippi: Hattiesburg, MS and Petal, MS were severely impacted by tornadoes the weekend of January 21, 2017. Long-term recovery teams are needed. Housing and meals are available at the Volunteer house. Housing at the volunteer house is $25 per night. Other accommodations can be arranged. Meals are flexible. You can bring you own cook and food if preferred. Work needs include : carpentry, drywall removal, general helpers and more. Please contact Chris Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org ; 601-818-5899.