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.
Are you registered as a VIM or Disaster Response Team Member?
It is important that our efforts are organized and coordinated in order to ensure we are providing affected areas with the supplies and aid they need, as well as to avoid the duplication of efforts.
Prior to forming or joining a team:
- Members of VIM and ERT teams should be sure they have completed the ERT and VIM Team Member Registration Form.
- ERT and VIM Team Leaders should additionally complete the ERT/VIM Deployment Request Form prior to departure.
ERT / VIM Deployment Request Form
- Teams should acquire insurance as per training guidelines. http://umvimnej.org/mission-insurance/
Ways to Get Involved In VIM / ERT
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Feb 25, 2019 7:00pm
Called to Preach
Mar 2, 2019 9:00am
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
October 12, 2018
September 19, 2018
November 07, 2017
October 10, 2017
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.
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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Assembling Health/Hygiene Kits