Bishop Hector Ortiz of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) has invited the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to assist in the development of short- and long-term plans for hurricane response and recovery. Following a recent visit by UMCOR’s representative, Luis Morales, an UMCOR advance team will soon be deployed to Puerto Rico to meet with Bishop Ortiz and local church leadership. This team will have individuals experienced in logistics, communications, construction, volunteer management, and case management. They will work with MCPR, visit affected communities and distribution centers, assess needs, and determine a collaborative approach to undergird MCPR’s efforts, including the distribution of supplies and the deployment of Early Response Teams and Volunteer in Mission teams. Upon their return, a tiered coordination strategy will be communicated throughout our UMC network. At this time, Bishop Ortiz is requesting all volunteers wait until they are invited. The systems will be established by then to host and coordinate volunteers of varied skill levels for various projects.
We recognize that many United Methodists are ready to offer themselves in service. “For those eager to serve in disaster response and recovery, our UMVIM jurisdictional offices have a wealth of opportunities where volunteers can quickly deploy and make a difference as communities recover. From Texas to North Carolina, Washington to New Jersey, UMCOR and UMVIM are working together,” said Una Jones, Global Ministries’ Director of Mission Volunteers. (Please see below for links to UMVIM jurisdictional offices, below.)
There will be a need for many volunteers to serve for quite some time once Puerto Rico is prepared to receive them. And UMCOR and UMVIM will be there working together for a long time to come.
Please continue to pray and plan accordingly.
In gratitude for your eagerness to help,
Director of U.S. Disaster Response and Partner Relations
Map of Disaster Long-Term Recovery sites that are currently active. GRAPHIC COURTESY OF SOUTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION
North Central Jurisdiction
South Central Jurisdiction