Western Jurisdiction Disaster Academy

December 14, 2016
DISASTER!  The event that happens over and over, in the US and around the world.  The news is filled with scenes of whatever the current disaster is, and then just as quickly moves on to the next one. But what happens after that?  Initially the National Guard and other services are involved in rescue, the American Red Cross and other organizations set up temporary shelters for those who are displaced, but then what happens?  What happens is that the United Methodist Church and other ...

Team Leader Training

September 29, 2016
The Mission Volunteer Team Leader training is designed to teach people how to create and lead small groups of volunteers, create hands-on ministry projects, facilitate a powerful spiritual journey, and host team projects that transform individuals and make a difference. Leader training covers all aspects of identifying, planning, and completing a mission project.  The one day class is led by trained staff and covers such topics as project logistics, team safety, administrative forms, ...

Volunteer In Weed, CA!

August 31, 2016
Weed Long Term Recovery Group, Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity, and the Coordination Team invite you, your friends, church or service group to join us in rebuilding Weed homes lost in the Boles Fire. Many volunteer opportunities beyond swinging a hammer await you, although there are plenty of those projects, too. A day or a week of your time and talents will make a lifetime of difference to people whose lives were turned upside down. Seeking teams of any size to join in rebuilding our community. ...


June 02, 2016
There will be no collection of United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) Kits at the Annual Conference Session in Burlingame.  For information on teams traveling to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City in the near future, please visit Volunteer Opportunities tab under the UMVIM website.

Butte Fire Recovery Helped Along By Volunteers

February 11, 2016
77-year-old Barbara Burdette knew fire was very possible, living in Calaveras County near the town of Mountain Ranch. She lost everything in the Butte Fire last September. read more

A Service Honoring Those Who Served

December 03, 2015
On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti that sent shock waves around the world. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and initially displaced 1.5 million people. 230,000 were killed (some estimates are higher) and among these were 122 Americans. Two of these Americans were men whose ministries impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands; the Revs. Samuel Dixon and Clinton Rabb. I remember writing an article about ...

UMCOR Depot Salt Lake City Shipment

December 03, 2015
We are looking for someone either going to or shipping kits to UMCOR Salt Lake Depot. We would like to include our shipment of 60 health kits.  

Napa Church Reopens After Quake Causes $2 Million in Damages

November 23, 2015
The First United Methodist Church in Napa had its first service back in its old home on Sunday.  video

Klamath Roof Project

November 04, 2015
I just returned late last night from the Klamath Roof VIM project.  It was a great week.  I moved up the project from mid-November to last week, fearing that the rains would come.   It seemed like a God thing:  we had great weather Monday and Tuesday which allowed us to deal with the section of the roof that was badly leaking.  It then poured Tuesday night.  Had we not finished the leaky section, the whole sanctuary would have been wet.  Yet, after the non-damaging rain Tuesday night, we had...

UMW UMVIM Susannah's House

August 27, 2015
A group of California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) members will participate in a UMW-Volunteer in Mission opportunity November 2 to 8 in Knoxville working at Susannah's House doing light maintenance, gardening, Bible stories, Book group, cooking and serving meals to members, and of course, sharing stories. The team recently completed their training at Central UMC in Stockton.  It was truly a wonderful day.  The team received their first donation of $ 2,000 from UMW Central ...

Angola Update

August 06, 2014
    Recent pictures from Angola show the tractor at the Methodist Agriculture Farm in Caixito, Angola.  This tractor was donated to the West Angola Conference by the people from our Conference back in 2010, and has been supporting the teaching and food ministry at this Methodist facility since then. Photos courtesy of João da Graça from Aulisia Matias.