Regional VIM Work

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response – Long Island and Staten Island, NY 

Long Island and Staten Island received extensive flooding and devastation on October 29, 2012 from Hurricane Sandy. Emergency Response Teams (ERT) from SUM have responded and will continue to heed the call to service in this region of our conference. Teams mucked out homes and removed damaged walls and flooring in homes in Massapequa, NY. Long-term recovery will be needed to help these communities get back on their feet. 

Flood Relief, Catskills Region, New York,
Gulf Coast  

(October 2007 and Fall 2011) The Catskills, NY region received extensive flooding in June 2007 and again in August 2011, a result of the flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene. Many homes were completely demolished and many received extensive water damage. Three different Fall 2011 teams worked in Prattsville, Margaretville, and Fleishmanns, New York mucking out homes and churches and helping in the reconstruction of Prattsville United Methodist Church. 

Hurricane Katrina Recovery Teams 

(2005-2010) The VIM Pathways group of Connecticut volunteers served as Volunteers in Mission to Mississippi, which first began in January 2006 

as a group called the Lamp Lighters. Between 2005 and 2010, SUM sent a minimum of one team per year for a total of eight teams to help rebuild homes in Mississippi. Volunteers represented a diverse group of churches and denominations, primarily from the Farmington Valley region, who served in the mission of rebuilding and bringing renewed hope to areas of Hurricane Katrina-devastated coastal Mississippi. For further information and to visit the teams’ blogspot, log onto for accounts of their experiences! 

Connecticut Disaster Response and Preparedness Ministry (Ongoing) - 

Disaster Response is a multifaceted ministry of Christ’s Church with theological, physical, mental health, advocacy, and social service components. The CT District Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee was established to meet the needs of church families throughout the Connecticut District of New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in case of disaster and is busy preparing to be the hands of Christ, when called. 

International VIM Missions Work

The Ghana VIM team in Fall 2012 found opportunities for dental and medical service as well as construction work. In January 2007, an SUM-sponsored team worked to help build a new classroom at the Las Brisas Del Reventazon School in Siquirres, Costa Rica. In February 2006, a team