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TEAM LEADER TRAINING IN CAL-PAC
If you are interested in leading an UMVIM team, you are invited to come to the Team Leader training at Pasadena First UMC, October 2nd. It will be from 9:30-1:00. There is a registration fee of $15.00. Please contact Heather Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
UMVIM HAITI UPDATE
What UMVIM teams are doing for the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) earthquake priority projects can only be considered second and third and fourth mile giving! Each team of ten persons is asked to raise $3500 in project money which is then matched with $3500 from the money given to UMCOR for Haiti. Each team member is assessed $350 in project funds and all the trip costs associated with the teams …food, lodging, interpreters, transportation, etc... or $1400. This comes to an ~$1750 cost per team member, differences lying in the plane fare. At least half of this is spent while in Haiti, thus adding to their weakened economy. And UMVIM’ers donate 8 days of their time! And they work! And all the while they smile and thank God for the opportunity to serve!
SUSAN MEISTER, US-Haiti Volunteer Coordinator, has summarized the first 3 months of UMVIM activity for EMH earthquake projects. From May through July, 26 teams of 235 volunteers from around the country and one Caribbean team have donated their time and money to work on EMH earthquake priority projects. This comes to a combined volunteer donation of $411,250 for their efforts! Add the $80,500 incentive grant and the UMVIM Program has contributed $491,750 for EMH recovery through July!
All this does not include the many teams that continue to work on ongoing EMH projects across Haiti not affected by the earthquake area, and therefore not eligible for matching grants.
Between Feb. and July, at least 12 of these teams from the North Central Jurisdiction have served in Haiti. There are 2 more such teams ready to serve through 2010 and there are two Individual Volunteers scheduled to serve starting this fall.
We continue to give thanks for the dedication of these many men and women willing to serve through the UMVIM program in Haiti. The effort of each UMVIM team is of great importance to the overall recovery of the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH).