Individual Volunteers - Individual voluteers, either single or as married couples, are needed for short term projects. The usual length of service is from two months to two years. The individual volunteer is expected to cover the cost of transportation and personal expenses in the place of assignment. Because they are viewed as missionaries by the host community, the individual volunteer should possess a growing Christian faith and understandin of mission. Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills are of great benefit.
Work Teams - Ten to twelve persons from a local church, district, or conference commit themselves to work on a construction project in a mission setting (usually a church, school or clinic building).
Disaster Response Teams - After a major disaster such as a flood, hurricane or earthquake, volunteer teams initially respond to help with clean-up and assessment, and over the long term assist in reconstruction of damaged areas.
Medical Teams - Teams of physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel serve one to three weeks in places where medical attention is needed. Medical personnel may also accompany a work team.
United Methodist Fellowship of Health Care Volunteers (UMF/HCV) - United Methodist Fellowship of Health Care Volunteers invites health care professionals and other interested individuals to nurture and witness their Christian faith through ministries of healing of body, mind and spirit, as servants of Christ, providing health care to a world in need. Our membership includes health professionals, counselors, pastors, administrators, and others who may wish to participate as valued members of our health care teams.
NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service) (www.nomadsumc.org) - About 1,100 members of the United Methodist Church's NOMADS travel across the United States, repairing homes for needy families and doing renovation at churches, schools and community centers. Most are retirees who travel in their recreational vehicles. Money for the materials used on NOMADS projects comes from the group's fund-raising efforts and contributions from churches and other organizations. Last year, NOMADS worked on 121 three-week projects from South Carolina to California. Based on $13.50 for each volunteer hour, their work totals $1.6 million in donated labor.
Director of Volunteers in Mission and Outreach