Current Disaster Sites Where Long Term Recovery Teams

Dear All,
Listed below are the current sites for long term recovery teams to serve.

STORMS / DISASTERS of 2011-2012

1.      Alabama-West Florida.The Alabama West Florida Conference is requesting teams to help in the rebuilding efforts after the April 2011 Storms in the Demopolis District.  We are still needing skilled rebuild teams through August 2012. We are hoping to complete 3 houses we are currently working on by the end of that month. We need electricians, drywall, painters, cabinets & cabinet installation, and flooring in the Demopolis District, primarily in Choctaw County. Teams will stay in one of the five church locations in the Demopolis District. For more information, please contact Charles Walters, Tornado Response Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text53886); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   http://www.awfumc.org/news/detail/683  (UMVIM Project # SEJ-AWF-1211-01:  posted 5/5/11; Updated 6/12/12)

2.      NORTH ALABAMA area: Pleasant Grove and Pratt City, Tornado Recovery. We are in need of teams or individuals to help with construction projects. All levels of construction skills are accepted. Currently, there are several major repair jobs and two rebuilds will begin soon. Tools are available or you may bring your own. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Volunteer Coordinator with the UMC North Alabama Conference Disaster Recovery Team or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Volunteer Coordinator for LOVE Ministries. (Added Oct 25, 2012)

3.      The Northern ColoradoLong Term Recovery Groupis looking for UMVIM volunteers who are willing to work at tree removal, road repair, and winter preparations of private residences that were affected by the High Park and Estes Park fires this past summer. They are requesting that an UMVIM work team be available to work October 25-27. For anyone interested in leading a team for the October date or for a future time, they should contact Nancy Boswell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 970-226-2341, Christ UMC, 301 East Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525(Added 10/25/12)

4.      Illinois – Harrisburg.  Long Term Recovery efforts have been put into place. The Harrisburg Long Term Recovery Committee will be coordinating all teams that are willing to go in and work on homes and businesses. Please call 618-294-9400 or 618-294-9600 to coordinate your team. Please note that this is long-term recovery. Work will continue into 2013.  So your help will be needed for a long time! (Updated 8/20/12)

5.      Indiana – Henryville Long-term recovery (LTR) efforts have been underway in southern Indiana for tornado survivors with United Methodist Volunteer In Mission teams beginning to head out to assist residents of the five-county area affected by the March 2, 2012 tornadoes. More than 450 homes need to be rebuilt or repaired.The Indiana Conference Disaster Response and UM Volunteer in Mission teams are collaborating our work.

a.      For team or individual opportunities contact Volunteers ROC - Rebuilding Our Communities.  Indiana UM Disaster Team is participating with V-ROC to assign work and arrange housing at Country Lake Retreat Center, if needed. Contact: 574-231-7019, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A volunteer or staff member will contact you within 24 hours to discuss work availability based on the team member information (number, skills, etc.) that you have provided. When staying at Country Lake Retreat Center, your group will receive three meals a day and bunkhouse style accommodations with a “bath house” nearby. Breakfast and dinner are hot meals served at the facility; supplies are available each day to prepare your own sack lunch to take to your worksite. The cost is $100 per person for the week. To maintain these low costs through the expected recovery to April 2013, please bring one or more support persons for each ten team members. These “Volunteer Support” volunteers will assist in the kitchen with housekeeping, office work and/or grounds duties. All persons on construction sites must be at least 16 years old. There are projects for younger members, too. As of Aug 27, 2012, V-ROC has funding for 23 rebuilds to be started, plus those in progress. There is a particular need for volunteers in November. Construction skills are helpful, but there will also be painting, cleaning, site cleanup, etc. Questions?: Contact Beth McDaniel, IN UMC Volunteers In Mission Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 317-705-1870.  

b.      Habitat for Humanity – Indiana Projects– Registration is now open for the BLITZ BUILD week of October 8-13 for home construction funded by Indiana United Methodist Disaster Response donations. Two Habitat homes will be constructed through the Habitat Indiana build taking place in Henryville and surrounding communities. To register to specifically work on these homes during the BLITZ BUILD week, go to www.habitatindiana.org, select volunteer and follow the “click here” for groups or individuals or go directly to the sign up page: https://habitatindiana.volunteermatrix.com/(UMVIM Project # NCJ-INC-0612-01 Updated 8/28/12)

6.      Indiana, Holton. Families affected by the March tornado system that went through Holton, Indiana are in need of volunteers to assist with rebuilds. The Long Term Recovery Committee in Holton, Indiana is working on a combination of rebuilds (8 from the ground up) and rehabs. Darin Kroger, the construction manager, is asking for skilled labor; electricians and carpenters willing to donate time during the month of October. They hope to have people back in their homes before the winter. Interested people or teams should contact the Recovery Team, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 812-689-1300 (Added 10/31/12).

7.      Iowa:  2011 Tornado/FloodResponse information. Also 2008 Flooding information.

a.      Cedar Rapids– Help Matthew 25 Ministry Hub with on-going rebuilding projects in Cedar Rapids after the floods of 2008 by rehabbing homes, helping develop Iowa’s first Urban Farm, and working with youth. Go to http://www.hub25.org/get-involved/role-of-volunteers.html or contact Jerry Oakland, Neighborhood Investment Coordinator, at 319/362-2214 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (Updated 9/6/12)

b.      Southwest District of Iowa Annual Conference, including Harrison, Fremont, Pottawattamie and Mills Counties.  The Missouri River runs the entire length of all four counties from Mondamin all the way to Hamburg, IA.  Many thousand acres of farmland were flooded, many roads washed out and entire communities affected.  ~ 20-25 homes need volunteer help with everything from cleaning out to hanging drywall and painting. Volunteer housing is available in Shenandoah, IA. In April 0212 the town of Thurman (near Hamburg and Shenandoah) which was flooded was also hit by a tornado.  If you wish to volunteer in the Southwest District please Contact Southwest District Disaster Response Coordinator Vicki Wedemeyer at 712-249-6703 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (UMVIM Project # NCJ-IA-1011-01; Updated 9/7/12)

8.      Kansas, Reading. Work also continues in Reading, Kansas in response to their May 2011 tornado. A Habitat for Humanity project will begin there soon and there are many volunteer opportunities available. Contact Steve Burnett, Assistant Disaster-Response Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-410-0210. (Added 3/18/12)

9.      Louisiana – Hurricane Isaac Response– The information for registration of recovery teams for Louisiana is here: http://www.la-umc.org/pages/detail/1761. Contact Jodie Harper, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Updated 10/11/12)

10.  Mississippi –Hurricane Isaac Response –Teams are needed for roofing, drywall and other home repair. Affordable housing through Camp Love ($15/day) is available as well as at several churches.  Teams will need to be self-sufficient and ready to contribute toward the cost of materials. Inquiries should be directed to Beth Dean, Mississippi Committee on Relief Program Coordinator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or call 1-866-435-7091. (Added 10/25/12)

11.  Missouri, Joplin:Missouri Conference will welcome Long Term Recovery VIM teams to help with the rebuilding of Joplin, MO starting in Sept, 2012. Contact Jaime Piper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your team.

12.  Missouri, Branson.Visit :  http://www.volunteerbranson.org/.We have been made aware of a new volunteer opportunity. The Red Cross is transitioning their donation center to the Tri-Lakes Community Church; located in the Tri-Lakes Center at 2527 State Hwy 248, Branson, Missouri. It will be the main donation center for the area. They are in need volunteers. If you would like to assist the Red Cross at the donation center, please call 417-339-4041to be put on the schedule. The donation center will need to be manned Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. (March 9, 2012).

13.  Missouri, Van Buren.(near St Louis) Contact: Robin Walters, Missouri Conference (office: 573-323-4044 cell: 573-870-0020). They need skilled labor (roofs, Dry Wall, Flooring) (Added 3/18/12)

14.  Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference 2011 Flood Response  to Irene and Lee Contacts (all new fall of 2011, updated 3/23/12):

These NEJ Conferenceswill be in the rebuilding phase of flood recovery in Summer 2012.  We have over 15000 families in the Southern tier of NY alone (Binghamton region) that are severely impacted by the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee flooding events.

►   Greater New Jersey:  Rev. Derrick Doherty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 609-693-3134, 27 Bryant Road; Waretown, NJ 08758.

►  East Pennsylvania:

Debra DePrinzio: Disaster Response Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bob Simcox: ERT Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ben Botti: VIM Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►  Susquehanna (center of PA) :  Larry Siikanen, 570-898-8710,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►  Upper New York: Greg Forrester, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 607-756-7799, cell 607-345-2928. Serving locations in Schoharie, Binghamton, Owego, etc.. We have a Volunteer Center in Endicott NY that can house 30 persons. 

►  New York: Denise Hamilton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 914-615-2226. www.nyac.com

►  New England:

Dave Stackpole This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Doug Spanks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stacey Bullock  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►   Vermont: David Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 49 Haggett Road, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-223-2577; Or Mackenzie House, 802-485-9494. www.centralvermontmission.org

 

15.  North Alabama:Tornado Disaster Response – UMVIM long term recovery teams needed. Information and team registration found here : http://www.northalabamaumc.org/pages/detail/1608

(posted 5/5/11 Updated 2/21/12)

16.  North Carolina:MERCI Center Storm Responseis the coordinating agency for the recovery efforts.  MERCI Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 1-888-440-9167, 919-739-9167, Fax: 919-739-9124, <http://www.merciumc.org> Tornado Recovery Assistance.  If you would like to volunteer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ann Huffman, 919-610-8018. Forms with information needed can be found on the NC website <http://www.nccumc.org/outreach> . Check us out on facebook NC UMC Disaster Recovery Ministries.  (New 4/20/2011; updated 3/23/12)

a.       The NC Conference UMC Disaster Recovery Teamrequests volunteers for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene (August 2011) and the 2011 spring tornadoes.  Hurricane Irene work sites are located along much of the inner and outer banks of NC while tornado projects are located in Raleigh and Sanford, NC.  Much work consists of repairing flooded homes with some roof and interior repair. At each of our disaster sites, there is team housing and sleeping quarters with kitchens and showers.  To schedule a team, please contact Ann Huffman at the NC UMC Disaster Call Center: 888.440.9167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .(Updated 12/13/11)

17.  North DakotaMinot, N.D.  Construction teams are needed in Minot, ND to rebuild homes following the Souris River flood. Team housing is available at Hope Village from April 8 through Sept. 29, 2013.  Winter teams are welcome, too, and can be housed at local churches.  Get your team ready and contact Bob Lower, Assoc. Dir. of Disaster Relief for Minot Area, 701-721-0441This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Bob will provide instructions on registering your team.  Housing and food costs for Hope Village are $20 per day per team member.   Team Registration packets are provided on line after preliminary registration to secure your desired dates of UMVIM service. (updated 9/5/12).

18.  North Georgia:Call Center established at Simpsonwood.  In response to the April storms, the Conference Disaster Response Team has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams. The phone number is 678-533-1443. A long list of volunteer needs are listed on their website. http://www.ngumc.org/or http://www.ngumc.org/news/detail/971   (posted 5/5/11 Updated 10/25/11)

19.  Oklahomacreek county wildfire recovery, 100 E Greenwood, Mannford, OK 74044.  The summer 2012 wildfires saw 603+ families lose their homes.  Oklahoma United Methodists and leading the Case Management part of the recovery efforts in Creek County where 357 survivor families live.  Many projects could be completed by a team in about a week.  Sample pProjects include, home construction, installing a wood floor in a barn, adding skirting to several homes, rebuild a porch and fix a well, clean-up around a yard for an elderly person, etc.  Costs are variable depending on the project.  Some would lend themselves to youth teams and/or smaller teams. Teasm will be hosted in churches.Contact is Richard Norman, 405-530-2032, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Vlema Carriaga, 918-856-9185, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A,S,I,RV’s within reasonable distance, Max 20,  Suggest $10/person/day for project costs. (UMVIM Project # NCJ-OKC-0213-05; New 2/11/13)

20.  South Dakota – Pierre / Fort Pierre.   Flooding from the Missouri River complicated lives last year. The Pierre/Ft Pierre SD area is in need of rebuild team assistance.  The current primary need is drywall hanging and taping.  This is an ecumenical effort with United Methodist Disaster Response Case Management, Lutheran Disaster Response Volunteer Management and Presbyterian Church-USA housing. Donations for housing and materials are strongly encouraged. Contact Rev. Kathy Chesney, Conference DRC-SD, 605-280-7127, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (UMVIM Project # NCJ-DAK-0312-01; New 3/18/12.)

21.  Texas – South West Texas Conference, Bastrop and Spicewood. is in need of teamsnow to help with in Long Term Recovery from the Bastrop/Spicewood fires of 2011, you can register online. Or contact Margery Marshall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 775-848-0766 for registration information.Teams needing housing register--http://www.umcswtx.org/faith-village-registration. For day teams register athttp://www.umcswtx.org/umvim-registration  (UMVIM Project # SCJ-SWT-0612-01, Updated June, 2012)

22.  Tennessee Disaster Response,There is still a need for teams to assist with home rebuilds and other recovery operations from the flood in 2010 and the spring storms in 2011.  They are requesting teams of 12 or fewer in November and December.  Interested teams can view this page, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 615.695.2765.https://sites.google.com/a/tnumc.com/tn-flood-2010/home/volunteer-registration. (UMVIM Project # SEJ-HOC-1111-01)

23.  Texas -  The Rio Grande Valleyis in need of home repair after a huge flood from the last two tropical Depressions.  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (New Dec 2011).
 

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