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

Saturday, October 5, 2013



The RMC is ready for ERTs now. The sooner the better. After the end of October, the response will transition to recovery and ERTs will no longer be needed.

The RMC can handle multiple ERTs at the same time. They have housing and job assignments for several teams at once.

The housing is in UMC church facilities or homes of parishioners. You need to bring your own cots and/or air mattresses, towels, etc.

There are cooking facilities in the churches but you need to provide your own food and prepare it.

A few of the churches have showers and those that don't are making arrangements with close-by facilities to allow you to take showers.

There are no charges associated with your response. You are more than welcome to make a contribution to the RMC Disaster Response Fund.

At this point it would be best if you did not bring a trailer. Pickups, especially 4 X 4s, would be more efficient and effective. Many of the roads and streets are still in poor shape and tough to navigate pulling a trailer. The first snow of the season is expected tonight. Snow tires would be a plus. Use your own judgement about church vans.

Some of the areas are still without power, water and sewer. There are port-a-potties in these area. If you can bring a generator, that would be to your advantage. The days are definitely getting shorter and darkness falls quickly.

Your job assignment will probably not be determined until just before your arrival. The number and location changes daily.

Once you select a date of arrival and let the RMC know, they will tell you where your housing is and the general location of your work assignment.

Most of the work will be muck out and clean out. Tool selection should be based on these tasks. The RMC does not have a store house of tools available.

The RMC is in the process of hiring a full time volunteer coordinator and project manager. They hope to have both of them on staff next week.

Please contact Nancy Boswell if you would like to serve as an ERT team to Colorado.  Her email is Nboswell@q.com.

Jim Truitt
UMVIM Disaster Response Coordinator
PNW Conference United Methodist Church
23441 147th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
253-630-1268 (H)
253-797-1680 (C)