Put the ‘V’ in VIM: Are you called to this ministry? Worker base needs expansion

Several recovery and other projects around the state are ready for Volunteers in Mission teams. In addition, our “This Old Church” program that helps smaller congregations make needed repairs is swamped with requests for labor. Contact Byron Mann for details: vim@arumc.org or 870-826-0268.

Likewise, new and returning Disaster Response workers are welcome and needed. Our Conference Disaster Response ministry needs people who can arrive on short notice following storms or other types of disasters. Early Response Team (ERT) training is available for those wishing to become part of Arkansas Conference Disaster Response. For details and a schedule of upcoming training events, contact Janice Mann: disaster@arumc.org or 870-703-8359.

To stay connected with VIM and DR requests, join the Facebook group “Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response – Serving Arkansas & Beyond,” and be sure to check it when severe weather strikes.

Ongoing recovery projects around the state

• If you have or know of resources for new or gently used furniture and household goods for new and rebuilt homes, contact Janice Mann. Donations or significant discounts are appreciated.

• VIM and Disaster Response teams 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.

• Nashville update: The recent Nashville, Ark., area tornado did create damage, but not on the same scale as the 2014 storms. Assessments are being done for unmet needs, which are expected to be relatively low in number for this particular event.