The goal of the Disaster Response Team (DRT) is to have a functional network of volunteers for response to disasters and service projects, building on the strengths of the United Methodist connection.
The Eastbrook Mission Barn seeks to serve the Westen PA conference of The United Methodist Church by:
1) serving as a depot for UMCOR relief supplies (receiving, verifying, storing ans shipping);
2) offering UMVIM Modular Ramps to regional residents and churches, and providing training for youth and adults in constructing modular ramps;
3) working with the Disaster Response Committee of the WPA Annual Conference Board of Global Ministries to provide storage and a base of operations during disaster response; and
4) providing material storage for local ministries supported by Eastbrook United Methodist Church.
United Methodists are in mission in their communities and throughout the world through local churches, regional mission agencies, partnerships and denominational organizations such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief and partnerships.
Volunteers in Mission are people with a passion for mission who answer a call to give their gifts and skills where needed, without charge - locally, nationally, and internationally, as individual volunteers and with teams.
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. The Women's Division is the national policy-making body of this group. In Western Pennsylvania, United Methodist Women units are active in many local churches, and collaborate in ministry on the district and conference level.
This is a partnership between the Western PA Conference and the Zimbabwe East and West conferences. The partnership agreement was signed by Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area (ZEA) and Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton of Western PA, on Friday June 11, 2010 at the Western PA Annual Conference session. This agreement is known as the “Chabadza” Covenant. Chabadza is a Shona word that describes a community spirit of helping someone you know who is already at work.