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Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Trip, Feb. 2019

Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated the island of Puerto Rico in 2017. Puerto Rico’s residents continue to face a long and challenging recovery. Any interested adults (18 years and older) are invited to join a Volunteers in Mission trip February 15–23, 2019, to assist in the rebuilding effort. The team’s assignment will include a variety of construction tasks, with specific details disclosed closer to the time of the trip. 

The registration cost is $500, which includes meals, lodging, insurance, and transportation, plus an additional $425 to $800 for air travel. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) has arranged for teams to stay at a retreat camp or a local church. Conditions will be somewhat rough—little or no electricity, no air conditioning, and no hot water (drinking water and meals will be provided). A pre-trip meeting will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Registration closes on December 15. 

The team will be led by Leslie Carmichael of Los Altos UMC and Steve Elliott of Asbury UMC in Livermore; both are very experienced team leaders and co-leaders of the California-Nevada Conference Team to Puerto Rico in March 2018. For more information or to register for the trip, contact Leslie (650-468-7890).

Rebuilding Together Team, Oct. 27

In partnership with the community, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners so that they may live in warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together also repairs nonprofit facilities so they are better able to serve our community. On Saturday, October 27, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, you are invited to join a team from LAUMC  that will repair the home of a low income homeowner in San Jose. All skill levels are welcome, and the minimum age is 14. Sign up here. Contact Leslie Carmichael  (650-468-7890) with questions.

California Fire Recovery Trip, Oct. 28

The 2015 Valley Fire killed four people, burned 76,000 acres, and destroyed 1,300 homes. Hope City, affiliated with the Hope Crisis Response Network, was created by several local churches to help rebuild homes in a community were the need is great. You are invited to join the Los Altos UMC team October 28 – November 2 to help with housing construction. Some construction experience is desired but not mandatory. The minimum age is 12, and people ages 12–15 must be accompanied by an adult.

The team will stay in dormitory-style facilities with bunk beds and showers that have been set up in Middletown by the Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN). The $200 registration fee covers lodging, food, transportation, a t-shirt provided by HCRN, and insurance. Contact Leslie Carmichael (650-468-7890) with questions or to register.