UMVIM Training and Mission Opportunities

March 14, 2017

Training and mission opportunities offered by Barbara Burnside, Disaster ERT & Missions Coordinator New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Please read below and follow the links for more information or to register. 

Connecting Neighbors: Preparing for Natural Disasters and Human-Caused Threats – April 8, 2017 9:30 am to 1 pm at the Church on the Cape UMC, 3 Langsford Rd, Kennebunkport, ME.   Please register by 4/3/17. 
This newly revised training from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is designed to equip participants to help your church prepare for and assist in a natural disaster or a human-caused tragedy in your own community.  Among the topics will be lessons learned by the Newtown UMC in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Chaos and fear can never be eliminated when faced with an overwhelming disaster or an active shooter, but knowing your options, having an emergency action plan and preparing, in advance, for a disaster CAN turn your church into a "Disaster-Ready Congregation" to limit property damage and interrupted operations, as well as save lives!  The cost is $10 for materials (a lunch will be provided by the church).  Contact Barbara Burnside at with any questions.

UMCOR/UMVIM/Disaster Response Academy – March 26-29, 2017 at Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat Center in Cresco, PA. If you are interested in disaster response or UM Volunteers in Mission long-term recovery and other missions, please sign up for this academy! Registration is open on the NEJ UMVIM website. See the brochure.

Mission opportunity to New Jersey - The Williston Federated Church of Vermont is organizing a UMVIM trip Sunday to Saturday, April 23-29, 2017, to New Jersey where some 3,000 families are still in need of repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The group will travel by carpool. The estimated cost is $350 per person for the week. Group size is 15.
As is usual with disaster recovery trips, we probably won't know exactly what the work is until a week or two before we go, but it will be doing whatever needs to be done to get people back in their homes. Anyone interested should contact Charlie Magill at or (802) 879-6238.