WHY VOLUNTEER WITH UMVIM?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In the summer of 2011, one of the largest classes of young adult missionaries (25) in recent history were commissioned for service in a joyous celebration at the Interchurch Center in New York City. The newly commissioned missionaries recited a covenant prayer:God, today I join my sense of self and purpose with you and yours. Your work is my work, your deep sacrifice is my sacrifice, your full integration of Christ's path has shaped a way of life for me that now moves to the next level. I will push until I find the "tipping point" where the needs of all people are met and we can rejoice together for life abundant….
If you are 20-30 years old, consider applying to become a US-2 or Mission Intern in 2012.
Get more information and the application.
Photo: Commissioning service of US-2s and Mission Interns
Photo Credit: Cassandra Zampini
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER NEWS
While recovering from heart surgery, Robin Hurley was swamped with phone calls and prayers from the many Individual Volunteers whom she had met just a few months before. Although Robin and the group trained for only four days, the Individual Volunteers "became part of a family," according to Nancy Eubanks of the Individual Volunteers program.While the number of Individual Volunteers is holding steady at about 70, the goal in 2011 was to make the placement sites sustainable so that Individual Volunteers can work and live together for anywhere from two months to two years and then move on, leaving the resources and the housing with the local community. The trainings include theological grounding, spiritual enrichment, and practical nuts and bolts information. Consider becoming an Individual Volunteer.Photo: Loretta Davidson is a United Methodist individual volunteer in mission in Talanga, Honduras, where she works with children and their families.
NEW BLOGSITE FOR MISSIONARIES AND VOLUNTEERS - MISSION MUSINGS
Launch of the Mission Musings BlogMusing about mission?
Join the hundreds of readers of the Mission Musings blog at gbgm-umc.blogspot.com.Musing about mission? Join the hundreds of readers of the Mission Musings blog at gbgm-umc.blogspot.com. The blog is updated weekly with personal reflections from volunteers, missionaries, and Global Ministries staff. Writers inspire through sharing their struggles and joys as they engage in service and justice ministries in new ways, in new places, and with renewed hope. Join the conversation at the Mission Musings blog.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 years old apply to become a young adult missionary!! There are many opportunties and application deadlines are coming up. They are:
1. US-2: Serve within the USA for 2 years. Deadline: February 5, 2012.
2. Mission Interns: One and a half years served outside the USA and one and a half years served inside the USA for a total of 3 yrs. Deadline: February 5, 2012.
3. Global Justice Volunteers: Serve internationally for 2 to 3 months. Deadline: March 5, 2012.
4. Placement Site Application for Mission Intern Program deadline: March 15, 2012.
Have questions and want to find out more info? Check out http://gbgm-umc.org/youth/serve or call 212.870.3620 or email email@example.com.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
CREATIVE WOMEN OF THE WORLD/HAPI
HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International)
Artisans make embroideries that we assemble into greeting cards and there are other similar assembly jobs. The training is done that day in Ft. Wayne and is easily learned. Most jobs are sit-down jobs except for ironing. There are other simple sewing and warehouse organizational jobs that we may do if there are no cards to assemble when you want to come. Creative Women of the World is the main distributor for HAPI. CWOW is dedicated to providing design and business training and marketing opportunities for women living in extreme poverty around the world so they can use the power of creativity to sustainably support their families. Along with Haiti, we work with artisans in Tajikistan, Turkey, India, Kenya, Mexico as well those living in poverty in the US. Other countries continue to be added. www.CreativeWomenof theWorld.com is our website and should be activated very soon. (ADVANCE #3020490 UMVIM Project # NCJ-INC-1011-01 Updated 10/13/11). Contact Lorelei VerLee, 260/414-7203, 7616 DiSalle Blvd Suite A, Fort Wayne IN 46825
TEAMS FOR SENIORS 2012
Are you 50+? Then check out our "Teams for Seniors 2012" page found at the top of this website. Some of the upcoming places of service in 2012 include: 1) Jamaica; 2) London, Oxford, and Stratford - Upon -Avon, England; 3) Border (US/Mexico) ministries working with migrants.
TEAMS NEEDING VOLUNTEERS
There are new teams looking for volunteers to such places as Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Holy Land. If you are interested, please check out the "Want to Join A Team?" page found at the top of this website to see the full listing of Future Teams and Teams Needing Volunteers.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
UMVIM Haiti Response Plan
Haiti Finance Administrator
Manage team volunteer and matching funds for Haiti UMVIM projects.
Maintain finance reports for VIM project sites, including allocation of funds, reception of receipts, and project balances.
Coordinate and oversee reception, inventory and distribution of donated supplies from teams. Assist Project Coordinator with orientation, team logistics, and debriefing.
Be familiar with GBGM Mission Volunteers and general GBGM-related financial procedures.
Prepare all financial reports needed for GBGM Mission Volunteers and EMH.
Respond to audit requests.
Provide ad-hoc financial reporting support to the Project Coordinator as needed.
Work with US-based Communications & Calendaring Coordinator to assure that project funds for Haiti UMVIM projects are received, accounted for, matched, and properly transferred to Haiti account for the purchase of materials, labor costs, etc.
Manage all project cash and banking responsibilities, including preparation of bank account reconciliations.
Receive, inventory, distribute and report all in-kind donations and cash gifts made by UMVIM teams.
Maintain an audit trail of all revenue and expenditures for all program funds.
Collect reports/receipts of project fund expenditures by site, ensuring accountability for all project funds advanced to the EMH.
Maintain "sample budget" for mission teams on web site and note site-to-site variations.
Provide Individuals and Teams a receipt for team expenses paid to the program.
Assure that a local greeter/host welcomes team upon arrival at Guest House
Work with Haiti Response Team to facilitate general orientation with teams upon arrival.
Assist Project Coordinator, UMVIM Haiti Response Plan with debriefing prior to team/individual departure.
UMVIM team leader trained with team experience in Haiti.
CPA or similar education and experience in financial accounting
Fund accounting knowledge/experience helpful.
Strong Excel skills and organization skills a must.
Accounting system knowledge a must (QuickBooks, Quicken, and/or similar programs)
French and/or Creole language skills.
Must be able to facilitate teams of volunteers and encourage relationships
Adaptable to changing situations
Cordial, gracious, cooperative and helpful
Ability to be firm, when appropriate
Ability to offer genuine hospitality
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated for October, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Here is how to connect with the various areas:
CJ Caufield Camp CoordinatorDelanco Camp191 Powell Place Road Tabernacle, NJ email@example.com www.delanco.org
UPPER NEW YORK -
607-756-7799 or cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving locations in Schoharie, Binghamton, Owego, etc.
914-615-2226Contact Person: Denise HamiltonContact Email: email@example.com
Rev. Bill Elwell -DR coord.
Contact : Eric Covey firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization handling volunteers is SerVermont
Dave Stackpole email@example.com
Doug Spanks firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Bullock email@example.com
Susquehanna conf. (center of PA)
Larry Siikanen 570-898-8710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE FIND A WAY TO SERVE OUR NEIGHBORS IN THIS DISASTER.
Greg Forrester, UMVIM NEJ Coord.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
As if there was not enough reason to attend the 2011 Honduras Summit another BIG reason has just arisen! David and Cindy Ceballos have been reassigned to other mission posts. Register now to come to the beautiful state of Tennessee and meet the new and transitioning Honduras Mission Leadership Team. The Summit has been planned to have a reasonable amount of time available so everyone can have some face time with the emerging leadership team.
We are planning on seeing you at the Summit! All are welcome. Please contact Bob and Maxine Schultz at email@example.com for more information and to register.
2011 Honduras Summit Co-Chairs
Bob Schultz &
Friday, September 9, 2011
The central Texas fires have been devastating to several of our communities and church families. The communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, and the Steiner housing development in Austin have been particularly devastated. We are deeply grateful for the prayers and other expressions of support. Our churches and pastors are hard at work providing shelter and support for those left homeless. Our God is present in these communities, and renewal will occur.
If persons in your Area would like to make a donation for fire relief, please click on the UMCOR Advance # 901670 link http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/umcor/donate.cfm?code=901670&id=3018992
Special Designation: Wildfires 2011
Or they may send a check to:
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY 10087
On the subject line reference: Advance # 901670 or Wildfires 2011
Bishop James E. Dorff or
Administrative Assistant Dalia D. Trevino
San Antonio Area
The United Methodist Church
16400 Huebner Rd.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
ERT TEAMS INVITED TO THE NORTHEAST JURISDICTION (NEJ); TEAMS NEEDED IN THE NORTHCENTRAL JURISDICTION (NCJ) FLOOD RECOVERY
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Northeastern Jurisdiction is currently requesting trained and equipped ERT teams for the Greater NJ and Upper NY conferences. This is your official invitational to come and serve those affected by flooding following Hurricane Irene. You will be working on mudout and debris removal and possibly sanitizing in some areas.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.
GREATER NJ - contact:
CJ Caufield Camp CoordinatorDelanco Camp191 Powell Place Road Tabernacle, NJ 08088-9749
UPPER NEW YORK - Middleburgh, Schoharie areas
Blessings, Greg Forrester, UMVIM NEJ Coord.
TEAMS NEEDED IN THE NORTHWEST DISTRICT
FROM: Catie and John Newman, NW Dist. Disaster Response Coords. 712-899-4067 or 712-874-3247
We are ready for teams who wish to help with flood and flood related clean-up. The water is going down, slowly but surely..... what is left is a slimy, sticky, smelly, dirty mess. The debris piles are overwhelming. At this time in the Northwest District we need teams (one day or longer) who are able to help with sand bag removal and tree cutting and removal. This work will be in and around the greater Sioux City, Iowa area. As we get into the areas where waters have receded we need first to remove the fallen trees (and there are many, many of them), debris that has accumulated and to get rid of the sandbags. This will be heavy, strenuous work. Please bring gloves and protective clothing and a pick-up truck or low trailer.
In the weeks to come we will be needing teams to help clean-out basements and help with the first steps toward drying-out. Set your dates for after September 10, 2011. Housing is available in the traditional UMVIM style (church floors). Meals and showers will be available.Contact Pastor Catie or John Newman to schedule your team, (Please, teams only at this time) 712-874-3247 or 712-899-4067 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Distribution Centers have been created so that Clean-Up Buckets and cleaning supplies can be ready when needed. If you have been collecting Clean-Up Buckets and flood clean up supplies we are ready to receive them. Items that will be especially needed at first will be: bleach, rubber gloves, Ty-Vek suits, face masks, shovels, heavy-duty trash bags, utility knives and cleaning supplies including clean-up buckets.
Two locations are receiving Donations:
Grace UMC 1735 Morningside Ave Sioux City, Iowa 51106 712-276-3452
Mon thru Thur 8:00am - noon, 1:00 -4:00 pm and Fri 8:00 am - noon
Salix City Hall/Fire Dept 317 Tipton Salix, Iowa 51052 712-946-5645
Mon thru Fri 8:00 am to 4:40pm
Monday, August 29, 2011
From UMVIM Southeast Jurisdiction:
Hurricane Irene Updates:
North Carolina: Right now, they are only requesting ERTs from the North Carolina Conference. To download the ERT packet, please click here. For all updates check their conference website.
Virginia: Currently, we do not have any updates from Virginia- however, please be in prayer and check their website for any updates. We will send out an update later in the week when we know something.
Northeastern Jurisdiction of UMVIM: For updates and how you can help, please check out the UMVIM, NEJ website or email Greg Forrester.
Bahamas: Our office received updates from Abe McIntyre and Cameron King with the following requests- please check out their blog to help!
From Abe: "Many of you have already donated Home Depot e-Gift Cards (Recipient Email: MethodistHabitat@gmail.com) which are wonderful! You can also Donate Funds on-line. We will use these desperately needed funds to efficiently purchase and ship immediately needed materials to families that have to secure their roofs as well as purchase fuel for our airplanes that will be delivering the supplies!"
From Cameron: "IMMEDIATE NEEDS:
We need FXE (Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport) based volunteers to shop for, donate and deliver supplies to FXE airport.Email here to volunteer for this role for this role. Funds to purchase supplies locally at FXE is the best way for us to move goods this weekend. Please Donate Now!
Tarps for roofs + rope
5 gal buckets (clean, preferrably)
Food (no prep: fruit cups, poptops, etc.)
Candles + matches
Flashlights + batteries
Generators with extension cords/outlets
Linens and Towels
Roofing nails, felt, shingles, tools
If you are willing to provide supplies from your home town and need a plane to pick them up,EMAIL us your list, the weight and volume, your airport, your time table so we can coordinate a plane to pick them up.
Alternatively you can ship supplies to:Bahamas Habitat c/o Banyan FBOT Hangar 115360 NW 20th TerraceFort Lauderdale, FL 33309"
Other Updates: We have heard from our partners in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Haiti--they were not really hurt from the hurricane but thank you all for your prayers and continued support.
Again, please remain in prayer with the people of the areas affected. Our office will send another update as we learn of new information. Thanks!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Gathering of Partners and those interested in partnering with the work of the Nicaraguan Methodist Church
More information soon
For more information contact:
Rev. David Newton
UPCOMING ERT AND UMVIM TEAM LEADER TRAININGS IN WESTERN JURISDICTION
1. PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Team Leader trainings, Sept. 9th in Tri-Cities area and October 15th in the Seattle area. For more information please contact Ronda Cordill at email@example.com.
2. CAL-NEVADA: 2 ERT (Early Responder) Trainings and 1 UMVIM Team Leader training in fall 2011. For more specific information please contact Phil Bandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. YELLOWSTONE: Team Leader Training Sept. 13th. For more info. please contact Debbie Irby at email@example.com.
4. DESERT SOUTHWEST: Team Leader training on October 22nd. For more info please contact Kent Heltne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HURRICANE IRENE & NEWS FROM UMCOR & MISSION VOLUNTEERS
Below is a letter from Rev. Thomas Hazelwood, Assistant General Secretary for UMCOR Disaster Response, U.S., Caribbean, Latin America:
As you prepare for Hurricane Irene, a few reminders::
SECURE PERSONAL, CONFERENCE AND CHURCH PROPERTY
RELIEF SUPPLIES: For relief supplies, please contact/coordinate directly with Kathy Kraiza, Director of Sager-Brown. You will want to know type of supplies and estimated number needed; delivery location that has sufficient space for storage; contact person for coordinating delivery; and a distribution plan. If you are designating someone else to coordinate supplies, please make sure this person knows to tell Kathy that they are the designee on behalf of the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.
Kathy's contact information is: Kathy Kraiza ( email@example.com)
EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS: While Early Response Teams are self-sufficient, they do not self-deploy - coordination is still necessary. Please allow the Conference time to make assessments and determine their need. If Early Response Teams are needed outside of the affected Conference, the Conference personnel will notify Paulette West or Greg Forester. Look for information from Paulette or Greg.
Contact information is:
Paulette West (firstname.lastname@example.org))
Greg Forrester (UMVIMNEJ@twcny.rr.com)
CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS: Review your Conference plan with key leadership. Get the word out to would-be volunteers about how and when we respond. Consider pre-planning for communications with Conference personnel, clergy and others as to the process for reporting personal safety and damage assessments. Contact clergy in advance of the storm who are located in areas that are most vulnerable to the effects of Irene - be sure they know who to contact after the disaster to check in and report damage. If you have an emergency communications plan, consider if it should be activated, and when. Talk with your Conference communications person to see if you can pre-plan for messaging via the Conference web-site. Communicate in advance of the storm, and post-disaster, with your State VOAD.
READINESS AND RELIEF MINISTRIES: In advance of the storm, and afterwards when safe, check on vulnerable persons associated with your congregations and communities. Consider whether churches on a planned evacuation route can safely serve as hospitality centers for those passing through. Consider what your Conference recommendations are for sheltering. If a church will serve as a shelter, typically it should have an agreement (pre-disaster) with the American Red Cross chapter. When feasible, work in coordination with other voluntary agencies and/or emergency management for relief efforts.
SELF-CARE: Please secure your safety and that of your family first. If evacuation is advised, please comply and relay the same message to congregants. If your family or church is affected, you may need to pass your responsibilities for Conference disaster coordination to someone else so you can meet the needs of those for whom you are directly responsible. Hopefully this is part of your Conference plan. If long term recovery ministries become necessary, you will be needed to provide leadership for an extended period. Pace yourself; ask for help; designate whenever possible.
TRAINING VOLUNTEERS: After a significant disaster, it is not unusual that people want to volunteer and are eager for training. Consider what the response might be and what trainings might best be scheduled. Be ready to train volunteers to serve in a Conference call-center if needed. Think about other "just in time" trainings, such as Care Team and I&R. Interest in Connecting Neighbors for church readiness. UMCOR's training menu and training request form may be found on line.
NEWS FROM MISSION VOLUNTEERS AND UMVIM SITES RE: HURRICANE IRENE FROM THE SOUTHEAST JURISDICTION UMVIM OFFICE
-The Dominican Republic- We have heard from our friends Damon and Kim Bland, Individual Volunteers who have served since June 2009. They are well and only report minimal damage.
-The Bahamas- We have also spoken with our friends at Bahamas Methodist Habitat in Eleuthera-- Below was pulled from their blog:
"Camp Symontte: Everyone is safe.
KP, Vonnia, Ojay, Pauline, Pastor White and roughly 40 others at Camp taking shelter. Minor damage, some shingles from the dorms off.
A quarter of the upstairs BMH office blown off on the west side, even the plywood.
6:00am was really bad. Right now it's kind of calm but the second part is coming pretty soon.
ZNS (National news) stated that Acklins and Crooked Islands have 90% destruction.
Cat Island got a direct hit but no reports from them yet. Eleuthera also received a direct hit but "not too bad". We will know a lot more later this afternoon once we are able to go out into the community."
**To check out their blog with current updates, click here.
WEBSITE FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
UMVIM is working with UMYouth Missions to combine our listings of Youth Volunteer Opportunities. If you are interested in seeing what UMVIM sites are open to Youth please visit http://umyouthmissions.org. Please also check out http://twitter.com/umyouthmissions.
Monday, August 22, 2011
First United Methodist of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is going to Puerto Montt, Chile to build a church and conduct a Bible School. There are spaces available on the team for November 4-13, 2011. For more information contact Dorothy Raymond at email@example.com
Costa Rica - February 18-25, 2012Northridge UMC in Northridge, CA and Tabernacle UMC in Fredericksburg, VA are sending a team to La Bonita de Changuena in Costa Rica. We will be adding a parsonage to the first Protestant church (Methodist) in this mountain community. The church and Sunday school building were completed last year and they consistently have 40 or more people coming to worship. For background information on Costa Rica Mission Projects go to http://www.costaricamissionprojects.com/For information on joining our team, contact Mike Easterly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 19, 2011
2010 Honduras Summit, from Bob Schultz:
It is less than two months until the 2011 Honduras Summit (October 12 through 15); Click here for the tentative schedule of activities. Click here for the Registration Form.
It is important to make your room reservation at the Jamison Inn in the near future as the Honduras Summit block price is only good until September 9th; and while you are making that reservation please send in your Summit registration so we will have a better idea of how many participants for which to plan meals and space. Also if you wish to have 'Home Hospitality' let us know so we can make those arrangements.
Haiti Opening, from Jamie Gibson, South Georgia Conference. 3 open spots to serve on a team to Haiti October 23-31. Total cost of trip is $2100. For more information, email Jamie at: email@example.com
Haiti Openings for 5 teams:
Below is the only information we have--for more information, contact the Team Leader listed.
September 12-19, Tom Lank, Rocky Mountain Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 5-13, Laraine Waughtal, Central TX Conference, email@example.com
October 8-15, Greg Reis, W. Ohio Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 3-10, Andrew Jones, N.Texas Conference, email@example.com
December 5-13, Jeff Jones, N. Illinois Conference
Thursday, August 11, 2011
MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED; SPACE OPEN FOR TEAM TO CUBA; ERT SHARE THE NEWS - CAL-PAC & FACEBOOK VIDEO;
1) FATHER DYER UMC in Breckenridge, CO will be sending a medical team to San Juan la Laguna this Novemeber 4-12. Needed are a dentist, dental assistant, and nurse. Please contact Theresa Ashton at 970-485-2194 if interested.
2) March 15-30, Vietnam Medical Mission!
I have confirmation that our Volunteers in Mission medical mission to Vietnam is on track. The dates will be between March 15 - 30, depending on flights. The cost will be around $3500, depending on the price of flights and the number of Team members.
Ut and Karen will be our in country missionaries getting everything organized. As soon as they have more details on where we will be working I will pass that along. We need medical as well as non-medical Team members who are willing to give freely of their time and talents to the poor villagers with limited access to basic health care.
MD's, NP's, PT's, EMT's, PA's, nurses, and chiropractors can be very beneficial to this mission. Please let me know if you are interested or if you have any other questions. I hope to here from you soon. Sincerely,Beverly DinnelTeam Leader for VIM Louisiana firstname.lastname@example.org
The next VIM mission to Cuba needs more team members. The 10 day mission will be October 17-27, 2011. The cost is $2,200 for food, lodging and transportation. You must have a current passport with an expiration date over 6 months from the mission date. The Methodist Church in Cuba has asked our team to work on a church building in the town of Baquanas in Holguin, Cuba (on the eastern side of the island).
The team will work with church members on general construction and improvements of the church building. If God is calling you to be a part of a mission that will make a difference in your life and in the lives of others, then call Dr. Mark Martin (318)290-1179 or e-mail at email@example.com, to sign up for the Cuba VIM team in October. Six additional team members are still needed. The absolute deadline is August 15th.
Contact: Dr. Mark R. Martin, Associate Pastor
Pineville First United Methodist Church
2550 Monroe Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360
Cal-Pac had two ERT classes and now has 45 trained folks to respond as Early Responders! The classes were held at Glendale First UMC in Glendale, CA and another was held at Murrieta UMC in Murrieta, CA. The response was overwhelming with both classes reaching the maximum limit. As such, more ERT classes will be scheduled. If you are interested in getting ERT training in your annual conference please contact your UMVIM Conference Coordinator and Heather Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This video on Facebook featuring UMCOR consultant, Barbara Tripp, explains some of what UMCOR-trained Early Response Teams (ERTs) do after a disaster.
Are you among the thousands of people certified by UMCOR to be an ERT? If so, share your video story on UMCOR’s Facebook page.
Support this important aspect of UMCOR’s work by giving to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
Friday, July 22, 2011
TEAMS NEEDING VOLUNTEERS; INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER WANTED TO SERVE IN ORPHANAGE; COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR;
Canterbury UMC is taking a medical team to Panama October 8-16th to serve the Ngobe Indians. The team is in need of any medical personnel, specifically dental or pharmacists. Total cost of trip is $900.00--which will cover flight, food and lodging. Please contact Rachel Estes at email@example.com before July 31, 2011 if you are interested.
The Rocky Mountain Conference has requested team members for a trip to Haiti, September 12-19. For more information, contact Tom Lank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Conference has requested team members for a trip to Haiti, September 3-10. Cost is $1500. For more information, contact Rev. Hollie Tapley at email@example.com.
If you feel called to work with children then please consider serving as a volunteer in an orphange in Tijuana, Mexico. There is a desperate need for a volunteer to serve as a "house mother" at the orphanage for at least a year. There are 22 children who live at the orphanage and they are boys and girls. Please contact Heather Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marie Anglin at 714.539.6863 if you are interested.
Volunteering in Times of Disaster
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, 2 PM EDT
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The Community Preparedness Webinar Series invites you to join us for a webinar discussing volunteering in times of disaster. The webinar will highlight the best practices of volunteer managers and those interested in volunteering during disasters. The webinar will include perspectives from community organizations, and state and local emergency management who have experienced specific challenges, and organizations that are heavily engaged in volunteer management. This webinar will be helpful to those who are interested in becoming volunteers and for volunteer managers seeking practical knowledge.
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This webinar is free to the public and will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the site. This webinar will last approximately one hour. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at a later date and linked from this web page. The live webinar will offer Closed Captioning and a transcript of the webinar will be posted with the recorded version of the webinar.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
North Alabama Disaster Recovery Update:
The North Alabama Conference is seeking to restock our warehouses for our volunteer teams and our rebuilding efforts with disaster recovery supplies. Our distribution centers can receive large amounts of donations of non-perishable items and cleaning supplies, and can coordinate drop-off and delivery.
Please visit our website for a list of needed supplies or for more information: http://www.northalabamaumc.org/pages/detail/1612, or contact Emily Nelms in the North Alabama Conference office at 205-226-7980, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After recent flooding in the Dakotas Conference, UMVIM received this request for volunteers:
The call for any interested persons who would be willing to bring ERT teams to the "north" country is now extended. Minot, ND is very close to Canada - possible day trip over the border for fun! All trained ERT teams are encouraged and welcomed. You just never know who might like to come all that way to the north to see the stars! And it is NOT cold at this time.
At this time, they are requesting the team to be background checked, trained and badged volunteers.
Anyone interested should contact the Dakotas Conference office in Mitchell, SD: 605.996.6552 - 8am-5pm M-F.
MISSISSIPPI MISSION TRIP: SKILLED TEAM WORKERS NEEDED for Gulf Coast Katrina Recovery--February 10, 2010 through February 19, 2010.
The team is in need of skilled construction workers of any type to help rebuild homes in Gulfport, Mississippi. Cost will be minimal to nothing due to the team's fundraising efforts. All tools and materials will be provided. Please contact Emilie Atkinson for more information: email@example.com
Team Members needed for a Mission to Haiti at the end of July:
A Team needs additional members for trip July 30-August 6. If you have an interest or know of someone please contact: Jan Sumner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Members needed for a Mission to Haiti at the end of October:
A team from KY is scheduled to go to Haiti Oct 29 - Nov 5 and are seeking additional members. For more information, contact: Adam H. Potter: email@example.com
Team Members needed for a Mission to Haiti in September:
A unique opportunity is still open for two more volunteers on one team to Haiti. The team will depart on September 19 and return on September 26.
Skilled construction volunteers are needed as well as non-skilled workers who are willing to learn and have new experiences. All will explore and experience the exciting determination of the Haitian people to reclaim their country and way of life. All will grow in their faith and understanding of God's great love for all.
Please contact Larry Norman, Director of LAVIM for details. LduckN@aol.com
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Important reminders for volunteer teams:
1. Volunteers must be badged*
2. Volunteers must were a conference disaster response t-shirt.
3. Volunteers must be self-contained. Housing is not available.
4. Tetanus shots are required for those going into affected areas.
*In order to be badged you must:
• Have background checks completed
• Complete the training by video or in person. Click here for the video and a list of upcoming training dates for ERT teams.
• Be affiliated with a recognized UM conference or organization.
• Have an UMCOR Badge, which signifies UMCOR training.
These rules have been increasingly stressed by the FEMA and VOAD organizations in the US and are strongly recommended by UMCOR. Also remember that each conference has different rules and structure as far as DR training.
Monday, July 11, 2011
First UMC Bakersfield to Vava'n, Tonga – July 17 - 30
Richard Thompson leads and serves with Jenna Adelaide Hicks, Ofa Thompson, Aaron Thompson, Frederick Cremer III, Mark Thompson, Sue Hope Presccott Kavinoky and Larry Kavinoky of Bakersfield First UMC.
Salinas – First UMC / Univ. of CA. Irvine Team to the Philippines – July 18 – Sept. 17
Mayen Villanueva of Salinas – FUMC leads and serves with Sarah Grabarsky, Brian Sanchez and Joy Anne Nicolas.
Multi - Church Team to Fiji – July 23 – August 16
Jackie Kawashima leads and serves with Edward Bailey, Virginia Bailey, Don Kawashima, Jeffrey Oldham and Mona Otomori of San Jose - Wesley UMC, Virisila Batiratu of Sacramento - Centennial UMC, Elena Bennett of Rancho Cordova UMC, Gary Lee and Janet Lee of San Jose - Westminster Presbyterian and David Orland of Foothill UMC.
Multi - Church Medical Team to Guatemala – July 29 – August 7
Doug McLeod and Betsy McLeod lead and serve with Maribeth Sayre and Sidney Lee of Concord - Concord UMC, Judith Schlager, Wolfgang Schlager and Phil Warner of Carson City - FUMC, Kristin Mejia of Carson City - Catholic Church, Edward Stieglitz of San Diego - Leo Apolistic Church, Iris Fluitt and Georgia Fluitt of Carson City - Lifepoint, Sungho Rech of Mt. Sterling - Mt. Sterling UMC, Kelly Dunham, David Meier, Natilie Hemmerich, Amy Pang, Lilian Taylor and Glenn Taylor of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC, and James Morris of Navarre - St Pauls UCC.
Alamo San Ramon Valley UMC Team to S.L.C. Utah UMCOR Depot – July 31 – August 7
Paul Kuelz leads and serves with Laura Ashton, Catherine Cooper, Joanna Donatelli, Sam Hawk, Gentry Higgins, Molly Huff, Alison Kuelz, Jessica Kuelz, Thomas Mannell, Logan Nicco, Haley Pihowich, Sarah Pihowich, Nick Rossi, Kate Steffy and Devon Drake of Alamo
San Ramon Valley UMC.
San Ramon Valley – JulyWarren McGuffin of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC leads the Haiti Food Program to feed 150 children a noon meal in the Methodist school in Thomas, Haiti. Steve Elliot of Asbury UMC participates. Consider inviting Warren to speak at your church about this important mission (warren@mcguffincom).
St. Marks Sacramento UMC – July
Bill Borah commits to extended mission volunteer status in Haiti with Methodist Missionaries to help run projects building 40 houses for EMH (the Haiti Methodist Church), building 300 houses that is a partnership between UMCOR and Habitat for Humanity, and other recovery projects in Haiti
Asbury UMC – July
Bruce Campbell leads mission efforts in Haiti to provide composting toilets, starting in July, at the Methodist School in Thomas, Haiti and with the UMCOR 40 house project. Joining Bruce are Alisa Keesey of Give Love, based in Santa Cruz and Chuck Johnston of Asbury UMC.
Central Luzon Annual Conference Methodist Church Philippines – July
Edna Andres starts a mission project here to collect hymnals and other worship materials for Methodist churches in the Philippines.
Hillsdale UMC – July
Beth Cademartori starts her role as Mission Intern to the Cal-Nev Annual Conference focused on the Disaster Ministry for our conference with Norm Harden of Santa Rosa First UMC and Phil Bandy.
Potter Valley UMC – July
Diane Knox leads her congregation to start hosting volunteers coming to their church on painting, carpentry, roofing and other projects and ministries.
La Trinidad UMC – July
Brenda Vaca leads her congregation to start hosting volunteers coming to their church to work on replacing a fence and other projects and ministries.
North Gold Circuit – July
Susan Kopp leads her congregations and the local community to start hosting volunteers coming to the historic mountain UMC churches in Sierra City, Downieville, and North San Juan.
Un-named Mission Volunteers –
JulyPray for those in our fellowship who are not named and who will also this month take their service work out into the world around us. The church has left the building. Praise be to God.
ERT TRAINING IN CAL-PAC
There will be two Early Responder Team (ERT) trainings in Cal-Pac. One August 5, 2011 at Glendale First UMC and another at Murrieta UMC on August 6, 2011. Both will be from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for the training, training manual and lunch. In addition, there is a $40 fee for the required background check. If you are interested please contact Heather Wilson at 818.333.6730 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Early Response Teams go in before Volunteer In Mission teams when there is a natural disaster here in the United States. In light of the recent storms, flooding, and fires throughout the country there is a need for Early Response volunteer teams (ERTs).
If you are interested in becoming certified as an ERT please come to one of two trainings that will be held in Cal-Pac this August. The first will be at Glendale First UMC in Glendale, CA August 5, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00. Lunch will be provided. The second training will be held at Murrieta UMC in Murrieta, CA from 8:30-3:00. Lunch will be provided. You only need to attend one of these trainings.
To register, please contact Heather Wilson at email@example.com and/or call her at 818-333-6730.
A volunteer in needed to serve as a housemother for an orphanage in a residential area of Tijuna, Mexico. There are 12 children that range in age from 1 to 12 years. Ideally, you would be able to serve for a year. The orphanage is only 10 minutes from the Southern California border and close to churches and Playas Tijuna where there are many shops and restaurants. Room and board are provided. If you are interested, please contact Heather Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Marie Anglin at 714-539-6863 or at email@example.com.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Nicaragua, Oct 13-22, 2011. Our next medical trip needs both medical people and helpers. Cost of trip $1500.00. Contact: Teresa Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org, W MI.
UMVIM trip to San Jose, Costa Rica to the Biblical University ofLatin America February 20 - March 5, 2012 Leaders: Donna and Glenn Waltman of Oregon-Idaho Conference. The project is to work on completion of apartments to be rented so theuniversity can build student family housing with the income.
The UBL is a combined mission of the GBGM and the Presbyterian Church in America.Started in 1923 to provide church training for local people, it hasexpanded to include people of all faiths in Latin America. Studentsstudy at satellite locations all over Central and South America and cometo the university for their last year of study.Cost: approximately $1400 plus airfare. Contact the Waltmans at email@example.com or call 503-622-3226
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin, Mo., needs medical volunteers now to serve at the clinic the church has been operating at Martin Luther School since the devastating May 22 tornado.
Maggie Karner, director of Life and Health Ministries with LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC), shared the following information about volunteer needs at Immanuel, which is providing food, water, clothing and medical care to the battered community. Because the church (www.immanueljoplin.com) depends on volunteer medical professionals, Rev. Gregory Mech, Immanuel's pastor, and church leaders issued an urgent appeal for doctors and nurses licensed in Missouri or NCLA (Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators) licensed compact state nurses.
Doctors in the areas of primary, family and general practice medicine and nurses licensed in Missouri who can donate even a day or two can play a crucial role in keeping the medical clinic open and available to the community. The clinic is administering tetanus shots, doing wound care and addressing respiratory distress caused by airborne debris from tornado rubble.
The Nurse Licensure Compact allows a registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical/ vocational nurse (LPN/VN) to have one multi-state license in a primary state of residency (the home state) and to practice in other compact states (remote states), while subject to each state's practice laws and discipline, Karner said. For more information go to https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm. Physicians and advanced practice registered nurses are not included in the Nurse Licensure Compact. It is not recommended that physicians practice outside their specialty area without additional and specific liability insurance.
Medical professionals interested in donating their time at Immanuel are asked to register with Lutheran Church Charities, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization in Addison, Ill., which is coordinating volunteers. Please visit www.LutheranChurchCharities.org to register and specifically note whether you are a doctor or nurse. Or call Lutheran Church Charities at 866-455-6466.