Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response Needs: October 2015

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

Training sessions for VIM Team Leaders, Disaster Response ERT

Arkansas Conference Disaster Response will hold an Early Response Team training session Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First UMC Conway. Contact Kathleen Caruthers, 501-944-9473, for more information.

Arkansas Conference Volunteers In Mission will hold a Team Leader training session Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sylvan Hills UMC Sherwood. The cost is $20. Reserve your spot by sending an email to vim@arumc.org. This will be the only VIM Team Leader training offered until Spring 2016.

Manos Juntas seeking in-kind donations the week of Oct. 18

Manos Juntas, a Methodist ministry providing improved housing, healthcare and educational opportunities to the people in and around Rio Bravo, Mexico, has an in-kind donation opportunity coming to Arkansas this month.

Indiana-based Mission in Motion has partnered with Manos Juntas for the third year running to bring in-kind donations from Indiana and Illinois to Pharr UMC, near the Texas-Mexico border. They will make this year’s trip during the week of Oct. 18. Manos Juntas director Willie Berman has asked that those who have items to donate to the ministry arrange to meet the truck at some point on its journey.

Manos Juntas accepts tables, chairs, tools, sewing machines and supplies, computers, furniture, medical supplies, wheelchairs, bicycles and food—almost anything in good condition, but no clothing. If anyone has items they would like to send to Manos Juntas on the truck, contact Byron Mann at vim@arumc.org and he will make the arrangements.

Openings for providing help at UMCOR Sager Brown in December

Are you are interested in adding your name to an ever-growing list of missionaries dedicated to making a difference in this world? Then plan to join us at UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in December 2015! The Arkansas Conference has 14 open spots on a 20-person journey of mission that will take participants to Louisiana in December so their work can reach around the world.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a long and rich history of serving others in times of distress. UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., welcomes more than 3,000 volunteers of all ages and skill levels each year. Our team will have a five-night mission experience beginning Sunday, Dec. 6 and ending Friday, Dec. 11—and it will be one of the best weeks of your year.

For more information, contact Cathy Hall Hughes at 501-324-8020 or chughes@arumc.org.

Recovery and VIM work in Arkansas

There are multiple Disaster Recovery and VIM projects around the state awaiting volunteer workers. Funding is becoming an issue in completion of projects, so donations are welcomed and much appreciated. To learn more or get involved, contact Janice Mann (disaster@arumc.org or 870-703-8359) or Byron Mann (vim@arumc.org or 870-826-0268).