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.

NEW (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.

NEW (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.

ERT / VIM Team Member Registration Form

Hurricane Response - ERT Deployment Request Form

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 

NEW (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 at  .  He will contact you personally to sign you up. 

Ways to Get Involved In VIM / ERT

Click a button below to get started. 

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


Recent News

United Methodists gear up for Michael relief

October 12, 2018

United Methodists are preparing to offer long-term relief after the most powerful hurricane in nearly 50 years slammed into the continental U.S.

Churchgoers pitch in amid Florence's floods

September 19, 2018

United Methodists are standing by to offer help, hope and healing after the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence recede. Heather Hahn reports for UMNS.

Bishop: Puerto Rico rises with church’s help

November 08, 2017

Puerto Rico is rising up from the devastation of recent hurricanes, but the U.S. territory continues to need our help. Bishop Hector Ortiz shared that message Nov. 6 with the UMC's Council of Bishops.

BWC aids disaster victims with $100,000 for recovery

October 10, 2017

When the catastrophes that recently struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida required an extraordinary response, the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference rose to the challenge with more than $100,000 in relief and recovery funding.

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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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