Hurricane Maria Response

The island of Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the island September 20, 2017. Volunteer efforts are now focused on recovery and permanent rebuild/repair. As of November 30, 2018, more than 1,100 volunteers through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission have provided more than 38,500 hours of assistance to homeowner survivors. In addition, local volunteers have been working within affected communities.

A primary task has been repairing or replacing damaged roofs and building to higher standards of storm resistance. To date, more than 62 homes have been addressed by volunteer teams. Thirty-three homes have been completed, 25 are in progress and four have been referred to contracted services. More than 110 teams are already scheduled for 2019, some are booked as far out as 2020.


Volunteers

The Mainland Volunteer Office for the response in Puerto Rico is now housed in the New York Annual Conference Missions office under the coordination of the Rev. Tom Vencuss. Tymera Jackson is the mainland volunteer coordinator and works closely with Belisa Miranda, located in Puerto Rico, to schedule teams. All team leader contact should be with Tymera Jackson. She can be reached via email: tjackson@nyac.com or through the Mainland Volunteer Office at 914-615-2248.

Those interested in scheduling volunteer teams in Puerto Rico must complete the Intent to Serve form found online through the link below. Filling out this form ensures that teams are provided with the necessary information to begin their planning, and ensures the appropriate transportation, lodging, tools and project assignments are provided.

UMCOR appreciates the dedication of volunteers and the gifts of so many who support this recovery effort and looks forward to continuing facilitating those who wish to use God’s gifts to help Puerto Ricans rebuild the island.