United Methodist Volunteers I n Mission -W estern Jurisdiction
Equipping Volunteers. Empowering Partnerships.
October 15 , 2017
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The 2016 General Conference approved Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday to be observed annually on a date to be determined by the Annual Conference or congregation. 

On this day, we honor the great work that you and many other  volunteers  do as you share the love of Christ in action.  This vital ministry extends the church into communities and helps empower individuals.

The theme for this year's celebration is "Christian Love in Action." It is taken from 1 John 3:18, in which Christians are asked to love "not in word or speech, but in truth and action."

This fall, we hope that you will select a time in your worship service to recognize volunteers in your congregation and to celebrate those who give so much of themselves to the work of Christ.  UMVIM Awareness Sunday would be a great time to begin talk about the Long Term Recovery  opportunities provided by the United Methodist connection.  

Contact your Annual Conference UMVIM Coordinator for more information on teams that are forming for disaster recovery or go to  www.umcmission.org/volunteer to download UMVIM Awareness resources.

ERT and VIM Teams Needed for Hurricane Response

The  Texas Annual Conference  (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is transitioning from Early Response to Long Term Recovery.  In the past few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed.  Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained.   Go to  http://www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers  

The  Rio Texas Conference (Corpus Christi and south Gulf Coast area) are taking  ERTs for approximately another 6 weeks and are accepting reservations for  Long-Term Recovery teams after that.  Go to their website:  https://riotexas.org/harvey.

The  Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away. All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state. Go to https://d isasterRecovery@flumc.org

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)
This is still a government-controlled situation.  They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet.  We will update you as this situation changes.  UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.

Give to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts:  
US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate.  100% of donations made through The Advance reach their intended target since overhead costs are funded by your generous donations on
UMCOR Sunday each year. 

Western Jurisdiction has a new Website
Contact Information
Opportunities to Serve
Opportunities to Serve in a Disaster
UMVIM Team Insurance
Team Blogs

Western Jurisdiction  is providing UMVIM 
Team Insurance
Domestic        International

The same UMVIM Team Insurance you have been getting from
 other jurisdictions at the same low costs. 

Check out the WJ Website www.umvimwj.com
or contact Ronda Cordill at umvimwj@gmail.com
Wild Fires in California

The Wild Fires in California are still out of control, with many lives changed forever due to the devastation.
First,  PRAY for those who have been impacted by the wild fires.  Pray for the Early Response Volunteers, disaster
 coordinators, and many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.

Next, DONATE to help with the fires t hrough the California-Nevada Conference for immediate relief for the fires.  Go to:  http://www.cnumc.org/news/donate-to-wildfires-9702538 to donate.  
Prepare to SERVE - Early Response & Long Term Recovery Teams
As United Methodists, we serve when and where we are invited.  Teams are being formed for Early Response and Long Term Recovery.  Contact your Annual Conference ERT or UMVIM Coordinators for teams forming in your Conference.  See below.  


Opportunities from Global Missions

Volunteer Requests:
Bahamas Methodist Habitat is seeking volunteers to begin as soon as possible to help with their Disaster Relief Program, as well as for a Volunteer Coordinator position. If you can serve for six months starting in Feb/March 2018, please contact Mission Volunteers at   mv@umcmission.org.
Do you have teaching experience? T he English-speaking School of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, needs teachers for any grades from pre-kindergarten to high school. A teaching certificate is not required, but desirable. Housing is provided by the school. Contact Mission Volunteers for more details. Applications available at   www.missionvolunteers.org.
Mission Volunteers (formerly Individual Volunteers)  Training:
All long-term volunteers must attend a Mission Volunteer Training event prior to service. The next scheduled training will be:
January 31 - February 3, 2018
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in North Carolina.
Contact Mission Volunteers at mv@umcmission.org for more information on this program.

OPPORTUNITIES for Early Response Teams

Early response teams are being trained and preparing to deploy to Texas and other disaster areas at this time.  These are specially trained Volunteer in Mission teams that response during the relief phase. 

For ERT training and any ERT teams that are being formed, contact your Conference Early Response Team Coordinators or go to their Conference Website.

Alaska - Contact   Dan Wilcox  A n ERT training is being planned for October 21st in       Anchorage.

Cal/Nev - Go to the Cal/Nev Conference Website or con tact Linda Caldwell or Shari Sandoval for more information.  Both ERT and UMVIM Team Leader Training are being planned for Nov. 18th and 19th in San Jose.

Cal/Pac - Contact Judy and Doug Lewis or go to the Cal/Pac Conference website for training information. 

Desert Southwest - Go to the Desert Southwest Conference Website for a listing of
 the ERT trainings available the DSW Conference.

Oregon Idaho - Contact Becky Platt for ERT information or go to the Oregon-Idaho Conference Website
The next training is Oct. 21st in Portland

Pacific Northwest - Contact Kathy Bryson  for information on ERT trainings and teams.  The next training is scheduled for Nov. 4th in Kennewick, WA

Rocky Mountain - Contact Betsy Keyack or Don Falvey for ERT Training 
and Jay Vestal for ERT Team information. 

Yellowstone - Contact  Debbie Irby  for more information on ERT training.  There is an ERT training scheduled in Butte, Montana on October 21 (Includes UMVIM team leader training October 20).

Long Term Recovery Teams
We are getting word that many disaster sites are transitioning from the Relief Phase with Early Response Teams to Long Term Recovery.  The need for recovery teams will last for many years as U nited Methodists are known for staying until the job is done.
The Western Jurisdiction Teams will be focusing on Hurricane Harvey's recovery.  
Start planning about volunteering for a Long-Term Recovery Volunteer in Mission team to help rebuild people's lives.   

Contact your Annual Conference UMVIM CoordinatorThey will have the most up to date information about sites and needs as well as team leader training.  

     Western Jurisdictional Coordinator 
                Ronda Cordill 
Phone:  (509) 993-6753 (Cell) or (509) 235-5466 (Home)
Address:  20116 W. Sterling; Rd Cheney, WA 99004

Alaska:                         Daniel Wilcox     
P acific Northwest:         Wendy Riddle   
Cal/Pacific:                   Doug & Judy Lewis  
Cal/Nevada:                  Shari Sandoval  or  Linda Caldwell  
Rocky Mountain:          Deb Campbell
Yellowstone:                 Debbie Irby  
Desert Southwest:         Mike & Lorraine Eyer   
Oregon/Idaho:              Becky Platt  
Your UMVIM WJ Conference Coordinators
are there to assist and support you as you answer your call to serve as a short-term mission volunteer.  If you are already scheduled to serve on a mission journey, let us know about it, so that we can share your story.  Please feel free to contact them for information or connection to other VIM Resources. 
Volunteer opportunities for all ages, teams, couples, and individuals in the USA and around the world. 

 Projects in the USA

Projects International

Projects for Youth

Projects for Young Adults 

Projects for Individuals

Projects for Health Professionals

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Projects in Disaster Response

We're just like you. We're teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, students...you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to change. And the ore volunteers we have, the bigger impact we can all make - TOGETHER.. Learn More about what it means to be a volunteer.

Thank you for all your support!
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