Interested in leading a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team for the ongoing Hurricane Matthew recovery in this country or in Haiti or in West Virginia, South Carolina, Texas or Louisiana, but not sure what is involved or how to start? This is an excellent opportunity to find out what UMVIM is all about and see if this opportunity to serve is right for you.
This Team Leader training will cover topics including:
- as determining where to go
- who to talk to
- administrative procedures
- funding, insurance
- international teams
- team orientation and training
- cultural awareness
- safe sanctuaries
Registration fee is $10 for course materials. You can register and pay online by clicking the link above or send a check made out to "NEAC" and send it to New England Conference, UMC, P.O. Box 249, Lawrence, MA 01842-0449 Attention: Barbara Burnside.
If you’d like a copy of Global Ministries’ "A Mission Journey," its 2013 handbook to guide volunteers in mission in spiritual, cultural, and relational preparation, add $15.
About our trainer
Conference Disaster Response & Mission Coordinator, Barbara Burnside
is an UMCOR trainer, the part-time Disaster Response & Missions Coordinator for the six-state region that is the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church (since Sept. 2012) and she sits on the Northeast Jurisdiction’s UMVIM board. She recently completed the part-time position of Sandy Recovery Volunteer Coordinator for the New York Annual Conference. For 18 years, Barbara volunteered as an orientation and team leader with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and was a member of its leadership council in Ridgefield, CT. She also has served on mission teams during Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy recovery, in VT for Hurricane Irene recovery and on Salt Cay in the Turks & Caicos repairing a 150-year-old church ravaged by several hurricanes. She has completed the UM Volunteers in Mission team leader and ERT training, as well as UMCOR’s Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care leader and Connecting Neighbors trainings – all of which she now teaches.