Volunteers Needed in Alaska After Ice Flooding

July 28, 2009

There is an urgent need for large volunteer teams in Alaska. Recent ice flooding along the Yukon River has hit 40 villages. Floating ice blocks in flood water wiped out whole neighborhoods, and now the damaged and destroyed homes need to be rebuilt and repaired quickly before winter. 


The California-Nevada office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is participating in a nationwide UMVIM response, in concert with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state disaster agencies and six other denominations. Already, in the month of July, a number of volunteers from the California-Nevada Annual Conference have responded to this crisis - but more help is needed.


The three villages in the most urgent need are near the Alaska/Canada border. The locals live mostly on what they hunt and gather, so they must focus their efforts on food for the coming winter season. Teams or individual volunteers can fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks and have ground transportation, food, and on-site lodging provided.


Only log homes are to be built. People with construction experience are needed most, but all are welcome (no youth teams, however).


To volunteer to serve in Alaska please contact the Cal-Nev UMVIM Office at umvim@calnevumc.org or 916-374-1582. September 15 is the cut-off for sending volunteers, due to the weather change and lack of sun in the winter months.


For more information visit http://www.calnevumc.org/page.asp?PKValue=1435.


(Watch for reports from the July Cal-Nev UMVIM Alaska teams to be published soon on the Conference website.)