Haiti Relief / Recovery
Photo credit: Vehicles from the United Methodist Committee on Relief join a line of vehicles heading into Haiti at the border in Jiman, Domincan Republic. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.
Visit www.umc.org/haiti for the most up to date information regarding United Methodist relief work in Haiti.
Haiti Earthquake News
(January 22, 2010) A great many United Methodists are indicating a willingness to serve as relief or rebuilding volunteers in Haiti. In response to this outpouring, Global Ministries has prepared an information site on the internet. It is at new.gbgm-umc.org/about/us/mv/haiti/. A letter on volunteers from Bishop Martinez, interim general secretary, to members of the Council of Bishops is linked to the site. Please note that the bishop requests that groups and individuals not set out on their own for Haiti at this time. Reasons are given. Please refer persons asking about volunteer opportunities to the site above.
Alabama-West Florida Haiti Update
January 14, 2010
(Amelia Fletcher) Many of you are very interested in responding to the needs of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. We are monitoring the information on two basic websites: UMCOR and UMVIM, SEJ. District collection sites are being established by our District Disaster Coordinators and will be available on the conference website within a few days.
Alabama-West Florida is projecting teams beginning this summer and then continuing as individuals and churches respond. Glenn Glover, our AWF Conference Coordinator for UMVIM, will be maintaining a list of those willing to serve. Please contact him and register on the UMVIM, SEJ website.
Preparing Alabama-West Florida’s Response to Haiti Emergency
January 13, 2010
(Amelia Fletcher) The quake is believed to be the worst to hit the region in about 200 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by two aftershocks, measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale with about 1.8 million people living in the area where the quake was most intense.
What We Can Do Now
• Pray for the people of Haiti and for all the first responders working now
• Keep current information about the response and recovery in front of your congregation through newsletters, Sunday bulletins or emails. The UMC response information can be found on the United Methodist Church website, the UMCOR website and the UMVIM website
• Give to the UMCOR advance # 418325 through your church or directly online. “UMCOR has always had a strong presence in Haiti,” said Tom Hazelwood of UMCOR’s disaster-response staff. United Methodists have had a long-standing relationship with Haiti through the Methodist Church of Haiti. The strong ties between the Methodist Church of Haiti and UMCOR helped facilitate the opening of an UMCOR Haiti field office in 2005.
• Supplies or donations may be sent directly to Sager Brown
• Consider a UMVIM team for deployment later in the year to help rebuild. Teams now are not appropriate, but the SEJ-UMVIM website will be updated as news and needs are given to them.
• Consider a Disaster Response Training class
• Consider a team of volunteers to assemble heath kits locally or at the Sager-Brown facility in Louisiana
Please DO NOT plan to send:
• Clothes…instead, have a local yard sale and give the proceeds to the UMCOR advance or to help sponsor a team.
• Untrained volunteers
• Items to Sager Brown that are not on their prescribed list. When mailing internationally, the buckets or packets must be exactly as specified.
If you have questions or ideas for response, feel free to call Amelia Fletcher or your district disaster coordinator. District disaster coordinator names, emails, and phone numbers are at the bottom of this page.
UMCOR giving opportunities:
At Church: Put your gift in the offering plate on Sunday.
By Mail: Make your check to UMCOR and mail to:
PO Box 9068,
New York, NY 10087
By Phone: Call toll-free: (800) 554-8583
Online: UMCOR Advance #418325
UMCOR Sager Brown Depot
P.O Box 850 131 Sager Brown Road
Baldwin, LA 70514-0850