1.UMVIM is an approved United Methodist ministry.

2. The mission projects are vetted and screened.

3. Volunteer teams can continue their relationship with the project site they served at via The Advance and missionaries.

4. All are welcome to serve.

5. Training, forms, insurance, etc. available

6. It's simple. Contact umvimwj@hotmail.com to get started!

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Thursday, March 18, 2010



EARLY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT) training - April 17, 2010, 9 am to 5 pm, south Denver area. ERT's are self-sufficient teams that help in the relief phase of a disaster, e.g., debris removal, installing tarps on roofs, or any jobs requested by the community experiencing a disaster. To sign up, contact Betsy Keyack, bkeyack@att.net

2) UMVIM Team Leader Training, May 8, 2010, First UMC Loveland, CO, 9 am to Noon. To sign up, contact Betsy Keyack, bkeyack@att.net

3) HAITI - plans are underway for hosting volunteer teams. The first teams from the Rocky Mountain Conference will be led by Rev. Jon Laughlin, pastorjon@bresnan.net. Dates are still TBD. Contact Jon to see what openings he has. In the near future, team leaders to Haiti must have prior experience in Haiti. Please also send your name to Betsy Keyack if you are interested in serving in Haiti so she can connect you with a future team.

4) UMVIM Leadership Team - we have some terrific people who have signed up for our new UMVIM Leadership Team, starting July 1, 2010. If you might want to join our team, contact Betsy Keyack and she will send you a job description for the team.
INDIANA - April 10, 2010: Early Response Team Training, Mexico New Life UMC. 8:30 - 4:30. Cost: $25, includes snacks, lunch and materials. Contact: Gary Peterson, 260 437-1310 or Bonnie Albert, Indiana UMVIM Coordinator, 219-464-1447. Trainer is Rick Hill, UMCOR consultant.

WEST OHIO, Saturday, May 15, 2010, Early Response Team Training - This class, limited to 35 students, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St, Maumee, OH 43537. Coffee and donuts available at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending this class, please send registration information & $25.00 check to
Julie Bassett, West Ohio Conference UMC, 32 Wesley Blvd., Worthington, OH 43085-3585, 1-800-437-0028.
· Registration Information needed: Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone, email.
· Checks payable to: West Ohio Annual Conference - UMC (ERT in memo line).

May 15, 2010 - Chain Saw Training Course - Starts 9:00 AM, Pine Lake UM Camp. Limited to 10-15 beginners or experienced cutters with emphasis on safety and working with basic hazards evaluation. Anyone using a chain saw as a volunteer for UMVIM must have certified training! Taught by Nathan Stanford, an Independent
Chain Saw Safety Trainer. Course will cover:
1. Personal protective equipment
2. Equipment inspection / safe handling of equipment
3. Chain sharpening
4. Basic hazard evaluation / storm damage
5. Tree felling evaluation
6. Working with trees and branches under spring pressureBring: helmet, ear and eye protection.
Also bring work boots, gloves, chaps and chain saw if you have them. Dress for the weather. You will receive a wallet card for participating or attending a basic chain saw safety course.
Cost: $35.00, includes lunch.
Register by May 7, 2010. Please send your name, address, Phone, email address, and money (Check made out to VIM Camps.) to:
Chuck Wedemeyer, 8389 N. Ivy St., Brown Deer, WI 53223, 414-354-8285,
WEST MICHIGAN - May 22, 2010: Lansing District Early Response Team Training - Crossroads UMC (Williamston) is hosting Early Response Team training for the Lansing District. Below are links to the conference website. For more information, please contact Jeremy Wicks, West Michigan Conference ERT Trainer, 517-980-6855. Registration is limited.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS - April 3, 2010: Conference Office in Elgin, IL. Starts 9:00 AM, promptly. Contact Jane Dunn, 630-605-1020Conference trainer for information.

MICHIGAN Area Festival of Opportunities - April 10, 2010: Brighton, MI. Contact:
John Walls, Detroit Conference UMVIM Coordinator, 734-282-5930,

ILLINOIS GREAT RIVERS - April 10, 2010: This training is to prepare teams to go to Haiti when the time is right! Training will be in Springfield at the Conference Center. Contact:
Christy Blickensderfer, Conference office, 217-529-2473, to register. Deadline: Wed. March 31st. Cost: $20.00 per person covers lunch and materials.