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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM)

    Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) are one way United Methodists offer their skills and talents for Christian Service at home or abroad on short-term assignments in areas affected by disasters and hardships. A missionary movement of the United Methodist Church, VIM sends short term volunteer teams into areas of need to work on construction and spiritual formation projects.

    Like the Upper New York VIM Facebook page to get the latest information on training and teams as well as reports from returning teams and news from the jurisdiction, UMCOR and Global Ministries!

    Training is available at your church or District event for those looking to increase their effectiveness as volunteers in mission. Contact your VIM Coordinators below for more info or to schedule a class in the following areas:

    • Team Leader Training - for those thinking of leading a VIM team or looking to serve more effectively
    • Early Response Team (ERT) - for those who want to prepare for disaster relief work immediately following the emergency. ERT class leads to UMCOR certification and badge.
    • ERT200 Team Leader - leadership geared specifically to ERT work (prerequisite ERT badge)
    • ERT200 Clean Out - intermediate level instruction in cleaning out flooded homes
    • ERT200 Site Assessment - intermediate assessment techniques

    Quick Links

    Register your VIM team
    Apply for an UMVIM Team Grant
    Report your UMVIM Team Experience 
    Apply for an UMVIM Scholarship
    Obtain UMVIM Insurance


    For additional information, contact either Roger or Donna Cullen below:

    Roger Cullen, UNY VIM Co-Coordinator
    9 Fox Hollow Lane
    Ionia, N.Y. 14475
    (585) 398-1282 (Home)
    (585) 857-3140 (Cell)

    Donna Cullen, UNY VIM Co-Coordinator
    (585) 737-5239 (Cell)

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 915 churches 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."