United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR Hurricane Maria Response Enters Phase II

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall in Puerto Rico approaches, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and its partner, the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, are moving into Phase II of their response to this devastating event.

Thanks to the generous spirit of United Methodists, 35 teams from the mainland have served and returned home with 268 individuals/volunteers having served in Puerto Rico. An additional 83 teams are scheduled to serve now through June 2019. Opportunities to serve are available.

Phase II can be described as moving from short-term recovery to long-term recovery. It will focus on rebuilding efforts on the island with volunteer coordination now being handled by the New York Annual Conference and directed by the Rev. Tom Vencuss, coordinator of NYAC Mission Ministries – Disaster Recovery Ministries. Vencuss was part of the original eight-member UMCOR Puerto Rico Coordination Team that responded to the immediate aftermath of the storm.

UMCOR thanks United Methodist Volunteers in Mission – North Central Jurisdiction and staff members Jason Frazer, Letty Damian and the Rev. Tammy Kuntz, for their diligence and service to the initial volunteer coordination efforts of this project.

Those interested in volunteering in Puerto Rico may still complete the Intent to Serve form found HERE, which enables UMCOR to coordinate volunteer trips with the MCPR and its volunteer coordinator. Applying via this method ensures that teams are provided with the transportation, lodging, tools and assignments needed to maximize their involvement. The phone number for information will be 914-615-2248.

We appreciate your patience during the initial days of the volunteer coordination transition and look forward to facilitating those who wish to use God’s gifts to help our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico rebuild the island.