Update 9/22 -
The Conferences affected by Hurricane Harvey were the Rio Texas Conference, the Texas Conference, and the Louisiana Conference. The Conferences affected by Hurricane Irma were the Florida Conference and the South Georgia Conference. Please see their websites for current information about who is allowed to volunteer and how you should register your team. In some cases you may register as an individual or as a team. In addition many of the Caribbean islands were devastated by both Irma and Maria. We have yet to hear from our partners there about when it would be appropriate to send teams to help. Please understand that sometimes this can take weeks. DO NOT just show up. Wait until the conferences and their leaders issue an invitation and then go through the processes that they put in place to manage volunteers.
If your Early Response Team certification has expired, you can be re-certified through an online refresher course with the permission of your Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator. Your Annual Conference may also be offering in-person ERT Basic and Recertification courses in the coming weeks to help you prepare.
If you are not ERT certified, please understand that it may be weeks before these Conferences will seek to deploy long-term recovery teams. Please be patient.
As you prepare to volunteer, there are several things you can do:
(UMVIM and UMCOR are working with Volunteer West Virginia during the recovery. 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
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.
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.
The Connellsville Flood Recovery Center still has active cases that they are working with in the aftermath of flooding in late August 2016. Additionally, there was flooding in many counties in southwest PA in early August 2017. Many of those homes will need volunteer assistance to do repair and rebuild work. Housing and hospitality for teams wishing to serve for multiple days up to one week is available though one day teams have been the most common practice. Some teams, such as one from Latrobe UMC, serve once a month! Volunteers can register online at https://connellsvillevolunteers.org/2016/09/08/how-to-volunteer/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect to be scheduling volunteers for Connellsville through September 2017 and for other affected areas thereafter.
Check out this map of active Long-Term Recovery sites around the U.S. and click the pins on the map to find more information on how to volunteer.