VIM Trip to Colorado 2014

Colorado Flood Rebuilding
Loveland, Colorado
September 13-27, 2014

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Disaster response reconstruction teams have been formed to help restore homes in The Front Range of Colorado. Your efforts can help rebuild family lives by putting them back in their homes where they belong.

Prayers, payers and players can help by:

  • Praying for a safe and successful effort;
  • Help paying for team expenses, building materials and supplies and/or;
  • Joining the work crew.

COLORADO, 2013 FLOODS: In September, 2013 the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains was hit with heavy rains and disastrous flooding causing loss of life and major damage. Twenty-four counties were impacted, more than 18,000 people were evacuated, approximately 28,000 homes were damaged and 1,852 destroyed. Long Term Recovery groups have been established in the three hardest hit counties: Boulder, Larimer and Weld. UMCOR and the Rocky Mountain Conference are assisting with funds and staffing while UMVIM is helping with volunteers. In September volunteers will be needed to help with structure rehabilitation and building anew.

Our Teams

How do we get there?
Getting there is up to each individual, some of us are planning to drive and there could be room to carpool but most will fly into Denver, CO.

Where will we stay?
We will stay at a local motel in the Loveland/Ft. Collins area. This eliminates the need to carry bedding and linens plus gives us privacy and better access to bathrooms, etc., than staying in a local church. We usually share a room with another person to help with costs. If you’d like a private room this can be arranged but you’d pay the entire cost of the room.

Where will we eat?
The motel usually provides a continental breakfast plus a microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker, We will make our own lunches and dinners in a local church. We will have a cook as part of the teams, but all will share in chores.

What kind of work will we do?
Our specific tasks will not be assigned until we arrive, as we will continue whatever the preceding team was doing. We are willing to perform a variety of tasks, including roofing repair, hanging sheetrock, installing flooring, mudding, painting, carpentry, and some minor plumbing and electrical work.

What tools do I need to bring?
Major tools are already on-site, but you are encouraged to bring personal hand tools. Be sure to mark them!

What if I am not skilled in this work?
The work is broken down into manageable tasks, and we will find something that you can do. Don't underestimate your abilities when we work as a team and help each other out. And if rebuilding isn't your thing, we will need a cook and a supply runner.

Is it all work and no play?
A lot of work, a little play, but the feeling that you take with you from helping others is better than you might believe! We will relax and see some of the local sights during the weekend in-between.

THE TEAMS:

When: There are two teams, one from Saturday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Sept. 20 and another from Saturday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Sept. 27. You can choose to be on both teams and stay the full two weeks.

Who: Anyone over 18 years of age! If you know the difference between a hammer and a potato peeler, we can find work for you. You do not need to be a skilled tradesman — we will teach you what you need to know. Although there are some tasks in any reconstruction project that may be strenuous or require a specialized skill, the majority of the tasks can be accomplished by anyone. Our goal is to work as a team, utilizing all the various skills and gifts we bring. We hope you will join us for this exciting "hands-on" ministry!

Do I need to be a Methodist? No, but you should be a person of faith, willing to work for the glory of God and able to subscribe to the slogan-"It's not about me!"

What will it cost? Airfare (round-trip) to Denver is @ $250 up depending upon which airline and when you book. If you choose to drive or carpool, sharing costs should be a little less than flying but you’d need to figure an extra 2 days each way in travel. Those taking their own vehicle would not pay the car rental fee. Team expenses are estimated at $230 a week. Lodging is sharing a double room at a local motel. We try to find inexpensive motels that will give us a weekly rate. Team expenses include 2 T-shirts and a share of the costs for food ($10/day), rental cars ($75/week), gasoline ($25/week) and other team supplies. A deposit of $100 per person is due by the June 17th meeting.

Download the trip brochure here.

For more information, contact Diane Jackson.