Volunteers help UMCOR respond whenever and wherever the need arises. There are two ways to get your hands dirty and experience relief work firsthand. The first is to volunteer at a relief-supply depot in the United States. The second is to travel to the site of a disaster and serve with a disaster-response team.
UMCOR’s relief-supply depots are located in Baldwin, Louisiana, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers assemble, verify, and pack relief-supply kits so that they can be sent to the areas where they are needed most. They also help with outreach programs in the depots’ local communities. For more information about volunteering at a supply depot, contact:
Disaster response volunteers travel to the site of a disaster to help organize and distribute aid. During the first few weeks or months after a disaster, only specially trained Early Response Teams can enter the area, due to health concerns and infrastructure limitations. For more information about Early Response Team training, contact Luz Knight at LKnight@umcor.org or 1-202-548-4002.
After that initial period of adjustment, teams of volunteers may be invited into a disaster area. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) coordinates these volunteers. If you’re interested in participating in a short-term volunteer team, please contact your jurisdictional or conference UMVIM coordinator.
Please understand that for logistical or cultural reasons, volunteering is not always appropriate.