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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Future VIM Teams

    Mission Volunteer Placement Promotion

    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:

    UMVIM-NEJ is working with the Upper New York Young Adult Council to develop the next Discover...Mission young adult mission journey. The group plans to serve with the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Reservation. The dates will be July 3-12, 2021. Each participant (aged 18-30) will be trained as an UMVIM Team Leader, engage in cultural immersion, and work on projects identified by Blackfeet leaders. There will be an opportunity to experience North American Indian Days, an annual celebration on the reservation, and to visit Glacier National Park nearby. Cost before scholarships is approximately $1400. All plans are subject to change according to public health necessities. Applications are forthcoming.

    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

    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 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."