May 2015: VIM and Disaster Response updates and needs

For information on any Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project, contact the individual listed or Byron Mann, Conference VIM coordinator: or 870-826-0268. For Disaster Response (DR) projects, contact Byron or Janice Mann, DR co-coordinators: or 870-703-8359 (Janice). On Facebook, join the group “Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response – Serving Arkansas & Beyond” for updates.

Early Response Team training available in May

Arkansas Conference Disaster Response will hold two Early Response Team (ERT) training events this month: May 2 in Paragould and May 9 in Rogers.

Trained and certified ERTs are deployed by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) immediately following a natural disaster or other time of need. Only those who have received training are permitted to participate in early response. ERTs enable United Methodists in the U.S. to bring hope to those who are suffering. For details, email Janice Mann:

Driver needed to transport relief supplies to Louisiana depot

The Arkansas Conference has a load of disaster relief kits in the Conway warehouse that need a ride to UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La. with a team sometime in the near future. Disaster Response and VIM will rent and load the truck if someone will drive it down. Contact Byron Mann to make arrangements.

Projects in Arkansas ready for VIM teams

Several recovery and other projects around the state are ready for Volunteers in Mission teams. Contact Byron Mann for details. Byron also offers organizational and planning assistance for teams wishing to travel on Mission Journeys outside Arkansas or the United States.

Ongoing tornado recovery needs, one year later

  • If you have or know of resources for new or gently used furniture and household goods for these new homes, contact Janice Mann. Donations or significant discounts are appreciated.
  • VIM and Disaster Response still need workers for skilled repairs and rebuilds, clean-up duty (ranging from picking up and sorting debris to operating chainsaws and heavy equipment), clerical help, phone staffing and case management. Contact Janice Mann to schedule a work shift.