United Methodist Committee on Relief

Training Calendar

UMCOR offers training to local churches, districts and conferences to prepare God’s people to respond when disaster strikes a community. The courses on this calendar represent some of the training opportunities available through UMCOR. 

To attend an already-scheduled training, please contact the person listed with that particular event. 

UMCOR provides training for Early Response Teams; however, 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 coordinatorVisit the Jurisdictional websites for the most up to date information: Northeastern | Southeastern | North Central | South Central | Western

For information about scheduling a training event in your area, email or call Amelia Mendizabal, 212-870-3892 or Greg Forrester212-870-3563.



14 - Early Response Training
Conference: Louisiana
Location: Gretna United Methodist Church, 1309 Whitney Avenue, Gretna, Louisiana
Contact: Robert Deich @ 318-245-4410

14 - Connecting Neighbors 1
Conference: NYAC
Location: East Quogue, NY
Contact: Tom Vencuss @

21 - ERT Recert class
Conference: NYAC
Location: Mount Kisco, NY
Contact: Tom Vencuss @

21 - Connecting Neighbors 1
Conference: NYAC
Location: Hicksville, NY
Contact: Tom Vencuss @


4 - Connecting Neighbors 2 and 3
Conference: NYAC
Location: Hicksville, NY
Contact: Tom Vencuss @

10-13 - Western Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy
Location: Ontario, California 
Contact: Sign up @

11 - Connecting Neighbors 2 and 3
Conference: NYAC
Location: East Quogue, NY
Contact: Tom Vencuss @

17/18 - Spiritual and Emotional Care training
Conference: Western Ohio
Location: United Methodist Center, West Ohio Conference Office
32 Westley Blvd., Worthington Ohio
Contact: Jeff Walker @ 740-323-4602

Children's Disaster Services

Children's Disaster Services and its trained and certified volunteers provide care for children and families following disasters. The 27-hour overnight workshops provide required training for volunteers who wish to serve in the program.

• Independence, Missouri, Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, February 3 - 4, 2017. Local contact, Skye Paige, may be reached at 816-945-7595 or

• LaVerne, California, LaVerne Church of the Brethren, February 25-26, 2017. The local contact, Kathy Benson, may be reached at 909-593-4868.

• Sebring, Florida, Sebring Church of the Brethren, March 3-4, 2017. The local contact, Terry Smalley, may be reached at 863-253-1098 or

• In addition, we have 2 training workshops scheduled specifically for Child Life Specialists: Tampa, Florida 9/10/16 and Dallas, Texas 3/25/17


29 - Connecting Neighbors (Ready Congregants, Ready Churches, Ready Response) 
Conference: Upper New York 
Location: First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, 25 Church St, Fredonia, New York
Contact: Linda Cooper @ (716) 785-0174


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