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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Future VIM Teams

    Summer 2019: Zimbabwe, Africa

    For nearly three weeks during the summer of 2019, Upper New York Annual Conference will be sending its seventh Volunteer in Mission team to Zimbabwe. The trip will occur during the months of July or August as the exact dates are still being set. It will primarily be a relationship building team, but will probably include a few days of vacation Bible school at Ishe Anesu, an after-school program for AIDS orphans in a high density suburb of Mutare, a visit to Fairfield Childrens' Homes (a UMC orphanage), a tour of Africa University, and some light construction or painting at Mutambara UM Mission as well as spending time with the pregnant women waiting to delivery. The estimated cost will be $3,500 - $4,000, dependant on the flight expense. It will be both culturally enriching and spiritually blessing for all who participate. A preliminary informational meeting will be held in early September (a date has yet to be determined but keeping checking back). For more information or to express your interest, contact Sylvia Reimer at (315) 778-5074 or

    UMCOR Shares Process for Volunteering in Puerto Rico

    UMCOR has recently shared the process for volunteering in Puerto Rico as part of the long-term response to Hurricane Maria. Interested team leaders are encouraged to indicate their interest by clicking here. All registrations will be received by the Puerto Rico Volunteer Coordinator, based out of the North Central Jurisdiction UMVIM office, for follow-up and scheduling.  

    Once a team receives an invitation and confirmation to serve, teams will be encouraged to visit their jurisdictional UMVIM website to register for mission team insurance prior to departure.

    Click here to read to read a letter detailing the volunteer process from Cathy Earl of UMCOR.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."