Disaster Response and Volunteers in Mission

When communities need help, United Methodists respond.

We are a part of a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay, and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short-term assignments at their own expense. Work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.


Three Southern Conferences Ready to Receive ERT Teams or ERT-Led Teams

The North Carolina, South Carolina, and South Georgia Conferences are now ready to receive regular ERT teams.  In North and South Carolina, ERT-led teams are also invited (at least one person including the leader must have ERT training; the remaining members of the team can be VIM). Teams must be prepared to be self-sufficient within the areas they will be traveling and working.

It is important that our efforts are organized and coordinated in order to ensure we are providing the affected areas with the supplies and aid they need, as well as to avoid the duplication of efforts.

  • Interested parties must first complete the ERT and VIM Team Member Registration Form.

  • ERT and VIM Team Leaders should additionally complete the ERT/VIM Deployment Request Form prior to contacting these Conferences.

Oct. 16, 2018: United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern U.S. are beginning a massive rebuilding job after being damaged by Hurricane Michael, buoyed by their work ethic and the support of neighboring conferences. Read more.

Oct. 18, 2018: On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael raged ashore making landfall in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The catastrophic damage is far-reaching and the recovery process will be a long-term effort that The United Methodist Church is committed to leading. Here's an update.

Nov. 1, 2018: Two months, two hurricanes—and now, with help from the United Methodist connection, the people of South Carolina are on the rebound following Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Read more. 


ERT / VIM Team Member Registration Form

Hurricane Response - ERT Deployment Request Form

Upcoming Training

Leading Worship
Feb 25, 2019 7:00pm
Walkersville UMC

Called to Preach
Mar 2, 2019 9:00am
Asbury UMC

Frederick District Study 101 - Basic Lay Servant Introduction
Mar 16, 2019 9:00am
Pikeside United Methodist Church

Academy on Finances for Local Churches - Session 4 (Fulton, MD)
Mar 23, 2019 8:30am
Baltimore-Washington Conference Mission Center

Ways to Get Involved In VIM / ERT

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Join a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) or Early Response Team (ERT)
Post your scheduled VIM or ERT trips for others to join
Donate to UMCOR

Communicating After a Disaster

Do you have a plan in place to communicate with church members and others in your community after a disaster? Whether it’s a natural disaster, political crisis or other tragedy, your communications matter before, during and after the event. Here are four steps you can/should take now to be prepared. 

Disaster Relief Partnership with Home Depot 

Oct. 9, 2018: The General Council on Finance and Administration has partnered with Home Depot to help your church provide materials for UMCOR Disaster Response and VIM reconstruction, relief, and recovery efforts. Your church or United Methodist affiliate organization can activate discounts and bulk buying opportunities for the work you need to do on your church or organizations' property as well as help support UM ministries by signing up for The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Program. Account registration is FREE! 

E-mail the Home Depot Pro Account Rep, Michael Daniel, He will contact you personally to sign you up. 

Relief Supplies

Important note: Please be sure to check the current status of what’s actually needed. Those status updates are available at the following sites: Mission Central - Donate Items | UMCOR Relief-Supply Kits

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