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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Future VIM Teams

    Mission Volunteer Placement Promotion June 2019

    Each month the Mission Volunteer Office highlights current placement openings in order to encourage people looking to serve in God’s mission throughout the world to apply to be Mission Volunteers. The following are two descriptions of current Mission Volunteer placement openings along with a short description of the program. In order to promote these specific placements and to encourage people to apply we would like these descriptions to be included in any newsletters, emails, or on websites that your church, conference, or jurisdiction shares material on. Please include the “to find out more information” portion of the placement description as well.

    In addition to the placement descriptions, we are providing a social media ad that can be easily shared on Facebook and Instagram. If your church, conference, or jurisdiction participates in social media, please share the placement promotion attached to this email.

    To be included in promotion: Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples (ages 18 and up), who seek long-term partnerships with communities around the world. Mission Volunteer opportunities are diverse and range from working with refugees, children and youth, serving as a teacher, pastor, camp director or health care professional. The length of service ranges from two months to more than two years.

    Current Mission Volunteer placement openings with immediate need:

    Pawnee, IL: Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), a disaster relief facility and depot for UMCOR Relief Supply Network, is seeking a hospitable Volunteer Coordinator Assistant to welcome teams, orient them to the facilities and to work with the Operations and Volunteer coordinator to accomplish daily tasks.

    Iquique, Chile: Colegio Ingles is seeking a volunteer that will support the English learning process of the students, assist the English teachers, and reinforce the English workshops.

    To find more information and apply for these placement openings contact the Mission Volunteer Office directly at For a complete list of placement sites requesting long-term volunteers visit our website at

    Summer 2019: Dover, DE

    A new Volunteers in Mission site is opening in Dover, DE. Wesley UMC is partnering with Milford Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) to do a home repair ministry. The site is available for people ages 14 and older. This the first summer of the partnership. Wesley UMC invites you to do home repair in Dover, DE. Projects include work on homes and trailers. Mission team accommodations include 13 cots, three 1/2 bathrooms, a shower, and a washer/dryer. More showers are at the YMCA. Kitchen in Mission Center includes a refrigerator, microwave, and dining area, and a full commercial kitchen in the main church building. Project costs are included in the fees. There are RV hookups at Killens State Park 12 miles south of Dover: For applications or more information from the host, email

    Sept. 21 - Oct. 5: St. Croix, Virgin Islands

    Upper New York Volunteers in Mission Team is planning a trip to St Croix, Virgin Islands for hurricane relief. This is 15-day hurricane relief mission. FEMA is providing free airfare and $50 per diem to pay for room and board ($30) and other expenses. Team is open regardless of religious affiliation. If you are interested, please contact Walt Mathias (585-344-8374 or or Leon Perkins (585-748-2735 or for more information and the forms to be filled out.

    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 91 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."