Coming Together for Saipan
Over the last year, 18 volunteers from the PNW Conference contributed 1,650 hours of volunteer labor, helping to rebuild homes in Saipan after a devastating typhoon left thousands homeless. Kathy Bryson offers this report as work has been cut short due to the emergence of the Coronavirus.
A year after a freak tornado devastated their home, Beth and John Mueller gathered with members of Colby UMC in their rebuilt home receiving a blessing from their pastor Sheila Miranda. “United Methodists have a fantastic way of showing their faith through their deeds and their actions.”
Western Jurisdiction UMVIM coordinators are offering two Immigration Immersions to Tucson, Arizona, in March 2020. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from those in ministry at the border and will have the opportunity to spend one day in Nogales, Mexico.
The Port Orchard Tornado Revisited
It's been 10 months since a rare EF 2 Tornado wreaked havoc in Port Orchard, Washington. Jim Truitt, Disaster Response Coordinator for the Greater NW Area, offers us a look back at the work that has been accomplished by numerous volunteers and intentional partnerships.
Saipan Recovery Still Needs Skilled Volunteers
Teams are continuing to form to help survivors return to their homes after Super Typhoon Yutu struck Saipan October 2018 causing catastrophic damage. Learn more about the project and how you can participate in teams forms from October to April.
Go to Camp and Earn a Badge – ERT Style!
Be prepared to serve the next time disaster strikes by attending the Spring Early Response Team training at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center May 10-11! While you are doing so, be prepared to experience the beauty and hospitality of this amazing Central Washington retreat center.
Rebuild: Up from the Ashes Completion is in Sight!
UMVIM Volunteers are Needed to Get the Job Done! By Rosalee Mohney, Wildfires UMVIM Coordinator, email@example.com The Rebuild: Up from the Ashes home-building project is nearing...
Creation Care Enhances UMCOR Ministries through Awareness and Collaboration
By Cindy Haverkamp, PNWUMC Creation Care Connector In 2018, natural disasters caused $160 billion in damage and claimed 10,400 lives. Climate models for the future...
Anatomy of a PNW United Methodist Disaster Response
After a rare tornado struck near Port Orchard just before Christmas, community members were eager to help but in need of assistance with management and assessment. Cindy Haverkamp shares how the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church's Early Response Team stepped in to help to coordinate and assist with recovery efforts.
Have No Fear! The Green Shirts Are Here!
Five Early Response Teams from across the Western Jurisdiction join up to help North Carolina residents recover from Hurricane Florence.