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Vol·un·teer / välənˈtir = a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. A subject, participant, case, patient
There are no words to express the value, importance, compassion...that a volunteer offers to any disaster. It is something that once you do it you won't forget the experience and hopefully will be something you can't stop doing.
There are two significant ways you can volunteer:
Form VIM Disaster Recovery Team
Form VIM Disaster Recovery Teams to do repair and rebuilding of homes destroyed by disaster. During the later phases of a disaster it is necessary to repair and rebuild homes and structures damaged or destroyed by a disaster. VIM Disaster Recovery Teams are needed to perform this work.
Team Leader Training is necessary to prepare and provide you with the knowledge you will need to volunteer in this capacity.
Participate as a Volunteer
1) Case Manager: Following a major disaster recovery work cannot begin before case management has been completed. The case management load often cannot be handled by the professional case managers without volunteer help.
2) Site Coordinator: To help visit work sites when volunteer teams are on location. Volunteer Site Coordinators help pick up and deliver materials to the work site, ensure teams have bottled water, and work in coordination with the Project Manager to meet any additional team needs.
Volunteer Team Recognition
Alabama: Fultondale UMC, Sand Mountain Baptist Association
Arizona: Desert SW Conference UMC, Pinnacle Presbyterian, Willcox UMC
Arkansas: Grace Community, UMC Conference, Wesley Foundation UMC
California: Asbury UMC, Church at Rocky Peak, Faith UMC, Mission Area Six, St Matthew’s UMC, United Japanese Christian Church, University UMC, Wesley UMC
Colorado: Black Forest Baptist, Cathedral of the Rockies, Cal-Pac Conference, Glenwood Springs UMC, Greeley UMC, NCCC Americorps, Plains & Peak Presbyterian Church, Sunrise UMC
Florida: Team Effort
Georgia: Fuller Center for Housing
Illinois: Hinsdale UMC, Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Kaskaskia River District UMC, Nokomis UMC, Riverside UMC, Wildwood UMC
Indiana: Olivet Presbyterian, Selma UMC, Slavicek Family
Iowa: Ankeny First UMC, Grand View UMC, Island UMC, Iowa State University, Maxwell UMC, Morningside College, NCCC Americorps, North Central Presbyterian Church, North Central UMC, Northwest Conference UMC, Southwest Partners in Mission UMC, Southwest Presbyterian, St Paul’s UMC
Kansas: Church of the Resurrection UMC, Ellsworth UMC, Evangel UMC, First Baptist Wathena, First Presbyterian Church, Frontenac UMC, Goddard UMC, Grace UMC, Heritage Presbyterian Church, Lee’s Summit UMC, Lenexa UMC, Liberal UMC, NOMADS, Pleasant Hill UMC, St Paul’s UMC, St Joseph, Trinity Heights UMC, West Heights UMC, Winnifield UMC
Louisiana: Aldersgate UMC, Grace Community UMC, Lakeshore UMC, Louisiana Conference UMC, St Timothy UMC
Maryland: Faith Baptist
Michigan: Trinity UMC, University UMC, World Renew
Minnesota: Bethel Church, Grand Rapids UMC, St. Cloud Presbyterian Missions withtout Borders
Mississippi: NCCC AmeriCorps
Missouri: Arch UMC, Blue Springs UMC, Casco UMC, Church of the Resurrection UMC, Kirkwood UMC, La Croix UMC, Liberty UMC, Manchester UMC, Meadville UMC, Missouri Conference ERT, Ohio Street UMC, Platte Woods UMC, Pleasant Hill UMC, Schweitzer UMC, Wheaton UMC
Nebraska: Arcadia UMC, Cross Bridge Christian, Grace UMC, Omaha UMC, Platte UMC, Presbyterian Church of the Cross, Seward UMC, St Mark’s UMC, St. Timothy Lutheran
New York: New York UMC
North Carolina: Elm City UMC, WCU Catamounts
Ohio: East Conference UMC, Fields UMC, Grace UMC, Groesbeck UMC, Marseilles UMC, Ontario UMC, Lisbon UMC, West Conference UMC
Oklahoma: Asbury UMC, Bartlesville UMC, Bixby UMC, Blanchard UMC, Boston Avenue UMC, Cashion UMC, Catholic Charities Tulsa, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Chapel Hill UMC, Christ UMC, Church of the Servant UMC, Claremore UMC, Clinton UMC, Connect UMC, Cookson UMC, Crossings Community Church, Duncan UMC, East Cross UMC, Eden Chapel UMC, Elk City UMC, Ellison Avenue UMC, Enid UMC, Faith UMC, Fairview UMC, First Baptist Elmore City, First Presbyterian, Foyil UMC, Frederick UMC, Grove UMC, Harrah UMC, Henryetta UMC, Hinton UMC, Hydro UMC, Idabel UMC, Kingfisher UMC, KPMG, Lawton UMC, Lindsay UMC, Marlow UMC, McAlester UMC, McFarlin UMC, Meadowcreek UMC, Mennonite Disaster Services, Memorial Drive UMC, New Haven UMC, New Hope Christian, New Hope UMC, Newcastle UMC, Newkirk UMC, Nichols Hills UMC, OK Ceiling Systems, OK Division of Student Assistance, Oklahoma City University, Oologah UMC, Owasso UMC, Sayre UMC, ServeMoore, Sterling UMC, St Matthew UMC, St Paul’s UMC, Stillwater UMC, Sulphur UMC, St Stephen’s UMC, Tahlequah UMC, Team Rubicon, Tulsa Faith UMC, Turpin UMC, Verdigris UMC, Victory Memorial UMC, Woodward UMC
Pennsylvania: Center Avenue UMC, Faith UMC, Lancaster UMC, Paxton UMC
Rhode Island: University of Rhode Island
South Carolina: Simpsonville UMC
Tennessee: Antioch UMC, Bethlehem UMC, Dickson UMC, Martin UMC, St Mark’s UMC
Texas: Arlington Heights UMC, Bee Creek UMC, Bryan UMC, Caterpillar UMC, Celina UMC, Christ UMC, Dallas UMC, Grace UMC, Grace Fellowship UMC, Hurst UMC, Keller UMC, Plainview UMC, Plano UMC, Rusk UMC, Sweetwater UMC, Stonebridge UMC, St Barnabas Presbyterian, St John Lutheran, Suncreek UMC, Trinity Presbyterian, Waples Memorial UMC
Virginia: Wesley Foundation UMC
Wisconsin: Mineral Point UCC, Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran, St. Henry Catholic
As well as individual volunteers from Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming