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Hurricane Matthew Response

In October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew ripped through island nations in the Caribbean Sea and up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Many Conferences in the Southeastern Jurisdiction were directly impacted, as were many international Conferences. The need is great. Below is the most up-to-date information for volunteers who wish to deploy to an affected area. For any questions or additional information, please contact Gray Miller, Disaster Liaison, at gray_miller@umvim.org or 205-453-9480. 

North Carolina

The North Carolina Conference needs volunteers to help rebuild homes across much of eastern North Carolina. ERT's continue to muck out flooded homes while teams begin repairs. With four Disaster Recovery Centers in Lumberton, Fayetteville, Tarboro, and Windsor, volunteers are welcome whenever they are available. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free; however, teams are asked to provide their own meals. Each Center has volunteer housing equipped with sleeping quarters, showers and kitchens. The Centers have site and construction coordinators to oversee work and make certain that building materials are on site as required

To schedule a team, please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at disasterresponse@nccumc.org, or 1-888-440-9167 and visit the Conference website for additional information about Hurricane Matthew Recovery.

The Conference is also looking for two Construction Coordinators, one for Fayetteville and one for Lumberton. For more information on the job and how to apply please click here

Updated January 4, 2017


South Carolina

South Carolina is open to ERTs from all Jurisdictions. All ERTs must have a trained team leader. The South Carolina Conference will coordinate housing and food, but self-sufficient teams are needed and welcome. To volunteer please contact Chuck Marshall, who is coordinating teams, individuals, and housing, at 803-386-7217 or ert_assistant@umcsc.org.

The Conference is now moving into Long Term Recovery after Hurricane Matthew. If you would like to volunteer in the recovery phase, please visit the website for more information, South Carolina Conference Disaster Response

Updated December 28, 2016


South Georgia

The coastal areas, Brunswick and Savannah, of the South Georgia Conference have implemented case management for those families that are still in need of assistance. Most of the cases need help with repairing roofs and rebuilding. For more information, please contact Luis Morales, morilll@gmail.com.

Updated March 16, 2017


Virginia

Teams interested in the responding to the flooding in the Hampton Roads area, please contact Forrest White, Long Term-Recovery Manager and Conference UMVIM Coordinator, via e-mail at virginiaumvim@gmail.com

Updated November 21, 2016


The Bahamas

The Methodist community in the Bahamas has suffered damage to several of their churches, and a major setback to the completion of the renovation work at St. Paul's Methodist College. The Bishop of the Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Conference has requested assistance from UMVIM teams across the UMC connection. For more information, please contact the UMVIM offices at sejinfo@umvim.org or 205-453-9480.  

Updated October 23, 2016


Haiti

The United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Mission Volunteer office are currently requesting that teams and volunteers outside of Haiti to please wait to deploy to this country. Click here to read this letter from UMCOR and Mission Volunteers to learn more about UMVIM teams responding in Haiti. We will update this page as their needs change.

Updated November 22, 2016


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