Auburn Pastor Arranges Discussion of Long-Term Fire Recovery Measures

September 09, 2009

UMCOR, UMVIM Reps Meet With Civic Leaders

September 9, 2009 - The Rev. Barbara Smith, pastor of Pioneer United Methodist Church in Auburn, got together representatives of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), and city and county leaders, this afternoon, to discuss long-term recovery needs related to the 49 Fire.
UMCOR is an international leader in relief and recovery work and has offered to assist the community in whatever way is requested. It stands ready to send help in the near term - in the form of needs assessment - and more help in the long term, in the form of project and case management as well as funds, materials, and workers for actual relief work.
What became clear today, Smith says, was that Auburn city and Placer County leaders, as well as many different groups and individuals in the community, "have done a great job of mobilizing resources to meet immediate needs."
The Auburn Chamber of Commerce has established a fund through First Community Bank to be distributed in a carefully thought-out manner to meet the needs of the fire's survivors. The Placer County Office of Emergency Services is overseeing the governmental response, and in the near time individuals affected by the fire are receiving prompt assistance along with the care and concern of the entire community. In the long term, however, it may be that additional resources will be needed - and at that point UMCOR and UMVIM stand ready to assist.
For more information about UMCOR, visit the UMCOR website. Follow links to "Our Work" and "Emergency Response."