Article Highlighting Need for Hurricane Isaac Volunteers Is Posted in Korean
September 25, 2012
Louisiana Conference is ready to welcome UMVIM teams to the cleanup.
An article highlighting the need for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams to assist with Hurricane Isaac cleanup in Louisiana has been translated into Korean, and posted on www.KoreanUMC.org for Korean congregations.
The article, under the header Disaster Response Teams Needed for Isaac Recovery, is available to read in English on the Louisiana Annual Conference website.
Hurricane Isaac arrived on Aug. 29, 2012, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – and although Isaac did not do the same amount of damage as Katrina caused, a reported 178,000 residences around the New Orleans area were hit. Hardest hit were many areas not normally considered prone to flooding.
"As you know, volunteer teams provide both spiritual and physical support to those who are in need of friends," reads a message from the Louisiana Conference, passed along by the Western Jurisdiction UMVIM office. "Volunteers bring the gift of God's love as they swing hammers, gut homes, [and] hang sheetrock, while taking time to talk and laugh and hug those whose lives have been turned upside down. Your help can change lives and show the light of Christ in word and action."
The Louisiana Conference currently is organizing a team of case managers, a project manager, and a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of response and repair. Several Early Response Teams have been hard at work following the storm, and are expected to complete their initial response by this weekend (Sept. 30).
The ongoing response phase will begin on October 1, 2012. The Conference now is inviting UMVIM teams from California-Nevada and elsewhere to register to travel to the Gulf Coast to help with this ongoing response. Every team must have a trained and certified UMVIM team leader.
Volunteer housing has been organized in five churches in close proximity to the worst hit areas. There will be cots, restrooms, kitchens, showers, and washers and dryers available for visiting groups. The case managers will be identifying those who need help the most, and the project manager will provide the guidance for the work to be done.
To serve on a disaster response team to assist with Hurricane Isaac recovery in Louisiana, contact the Cal-Nevada Conference UMVIM office at email@example.com or 916.374.1584.
Learn more by visiting the Louisiana Conference website at http://www.la-umc.org/pages/detail/1761.