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 Disaster Recovery Ministry continues to move forward with assisting families rebuild their lives after the massive flooding that took place from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The Conference has established Five Volunteer Recovery Centers to receive Volunteer Rebuilding Teams to help in some of the hardest affected areas. Centers have been set-up in Windsor, Tarboro, Fayetteville, Lumberton and Washington, NC. In each area there are hundreds of families that remain out of their homes. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew will take many years and many volunteer teams will be needed. Each volunteer center provides sleeping quarters with twin size bunk beds, showers and kitchen facilities for food preparation. The centers have full time staff that provide site management, case management, construction management and material handlers to assure that volunteer teams have a meaningful mission trip. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free, however teams are asked to make a financial donation if possible. Each team is responsible for their food and transportation cost. 

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.

For the latest Disaster Response initiatives in the North Carolina Conference, please visit: https://nccumc.org/outreach/disaster-response/

Updated July 13, 2017

South Carolina

The Conference Disaster Recovery Ministries continues to respond to the needs of the families affected by the October 2015 flood and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Please visit the website for more information and to volunteer, South Carolina Conference Disaster Response

Updated April 7, 2017

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, morhilll@gmail.com.

Updated March 16, 2017


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


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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