Make a difference by using your time and talent to be a volunteer. Bring your experience to mission programs, projects, institutions, local outreach ministries, or emergency response and recovery work around the world. You can volunteer as an individual or as part of a team. Teams are usually organized by congregations or regional church organizations. Projects include construction, educational programs, leading VBS, medical, dental or technical services.
Yellowstone Conference's United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) coordinator is Debbie Irby. Contact her if you are interested in being trained as a team leader or want more information on putting together or joining a team. The United Methodist Church publishes a very helpful handbook that covers all aspects of volunteering either in the U.S. or overseas. Click here to learn how to order one. This handbook is required for team leaders, but useful for team members.
Volunteers are also pivotal in some aspects of disaster relief and rehabilitation. United Methodist relief teams and individuals in the United States usually work in concert with annual (regional) conference disaster coordinators linked to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Besides work teams, explore other ways of volunteering by checking out these links:
- Individual Volunteers
- Global Justice Volunteers
- Health Care Volunteers
- US Disaster Response Teams
- Missionary Service