Join the Okanogan Recovery Effort

Social Concerns invites you to be a part of a WUMC mission crew that will help with recovery efforts in Okanogan County this October. In order to plan this trip, the Social Concerns crew needs to know some information from you to confirm dates, personnel, etc. Read on for more information and questions, and contact Jane Appling (  with responses.

What is this all about? Okanogan County was devastated by fires and floods in 2014 and 2015. About a million acres of land were destroyed, along with some 400 homes (only 40% of which were covered by insurance). The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) send volunteer teams to see that everyone who was displaced is returned to safe and secure housing, usually by building homes, and WUMC wants to send a team.

Who can participate? Folks aged 14 and up can participate in rebuilding efforts. 14- and 15-year-olds must be accompanied by and work with a caregiver. 16-18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult (at least one adult for every 6 youth participating).

When is the trip? There are two 3-day weekends on the table, either October 13-15 or October 20-22.

What would we be doing? Possible work projects include painting, minor repairs, cleaning, yard work, and other moderate activities. If you have carpentry or electrical skills, let Jane know.

What are the costs and other logistics? Cost is $50 per team member for materials and $10 per person per night for lodging, but WUMC will help cover costs for anyone who wants to participate. Transportation will be shared in private vehicles. Accommodations are likely to be at local churches with access to a full kitchen and showers.

How do I sign up? You can sign up at the church or by emailing Jane Appling the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Adult or Youth?
  • Home Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Preferred Weekend (10/13-10/15 or 10/20-10/22)
  • Commitment level:
    • I’m definitely coming!
    • I’m really interested and expect to come, unless disaster strikes.
    • I’m interested, but need more information or otherwise can’t yet commit.