UMCOR has received a formal invitation from Bishop Hector Ortiz of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) requesting volunteers to support reconstruction following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
We know that many have been anxiously awaiting this invitation and we anticipate an outstanding response on the part of volunteers. UMCOR affirms Bishop Ortiz’s request that volunteers refrain from making formal travel plans or deploying without invitation.
At the invitation of UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response leadership, UMVIM-NCJ has cooperatively engaged in supporting UMCOR’s partnership with the MCPR to collaborate, establish, and implement a centralized volunteer coordination mechanism for Puerto Rico.
UMVIM-NCJ is pleased to announce that Jason Frazer has stepped into the new position as Puerto Rico Volunteer Coordinator – Mainland. Jason’s expertise in disaster response provides an easy stepping stone for team leaders seeking to serve to Puerto Rico. The uniqueness of the recovery efforts requires an additional awareness of the way God moves through us in the most challenging of places.
Letty Damian, who speaks both English and Spanish, will serve as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. Jason and Letty will work collaboratively with UMCOR, UMVIM, and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico’s (MCPR) Volunteer Coordinator.
If you are interested in scheduling a volunteer team to Puerto Rico to help with their reconstruction efforts, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uw_ov_1_-kt0kfrrTvGt8xMUPdSpnCTU-nehC0Mxqtw/viewform?ts=5a4e2489&edit_requested=true
UMCOR Early Response Teams will signal their availability through their conference disaster response coordinators.
Thank you again for helping UMCOR and the people of The United Methodist Church support our neighbors in Puerto Rico.
Catherine G. Earl, MSW
Director of Disaster Response and U.S. Partner Relations
United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)