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Mission Volunteer Opportunities: USA

ALABAMA

Location: Alabama Rural Ministry in Opelika.  
Position: Outreach and Social Justice Coordinator 
Duration: Six months to two years
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing and ground transportation are provided.  $350 for meals


Work description:  To coordinate with the Alabama Rural Ministry Director of Ministry Operations and construction supervisor in hosting volunteer home repair teams; to conduct volunteer training in local churches and ARM partner communities.; assist with overall communication and promotion of home repair and other ARM events; attend advocacy workshops and help communicate principles to families receiving home reapair.


ALASKA

Location: Ketchikan Hostel.  
Position: Hostel Manager
Duration: Twelve weeks
Estimated monthly living expenses:  A private room is provided.  Plan on $200 for meals.


Work description:  Ketchikan is an island community located along the southeast coastline of Alaska.  During the summer months Ketchican welcomes vistors from around the world who come by air, cruise lines and ferry to enjoy the island's diverse activities:  hiking, fishing, camping, work, play and natural history.  For the past thirty-eight years the United Methodist Church has had a ministry of hospitality to hostelers.  The hostel is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.The hostel manager is the face of the United Methodist Church to travelers in need of lodging. The volunteer will welcome the guests and orientate them, answer the telephone and respond to emails, receive payments from hostelers and maintain a receipt ledger, make deposits for refunds, ensure the cleanliness of the dormitories and public spaces, and maintain the linens.


CALIFORNIA

Location: Opening Doors, Inc. (ODI) in Sacramento.  
Position: Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator.
Duration: One to two years.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing costs range from $450-$700 a month depending on accommodations.  Ground transportation expense is $200; meals are $200; and utilities/phone/internet costs are $150.  The average total monthly cost is $1150.


Work description:  The volunteer will help lead ODI's efforts to engage the Sacramento community in refugee resettlement.  Responsibilities include recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; managing ODI's in-kind donations program; and fund raising non-restricted monies in support of ODI's mission.  The volunteer will assist refugees via airport pick-up, provide cultural orientation, conduct home visits, and assist with social security and welfare benefits applications. Particular emphasis will be placed on being the contact point for the local faith community, and helping to develop a range of meaningful ways to engage congregations in resettlement activities. 


GEORGIA

Location: Canton, Georgia. Mi Familia Center: Serving Migrant Communities, Inc.    
Position: Community Developer
Duration: Two years
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $1100, which includes housing, meals, ground transportation (Leasing a car plus gas), and personal expenes.


Work description:  The center has taken the lead in providing charity and educational services to hundreds of impoverished migrants who live in Canton, Ga., and nearby cities.  Its five programs focus on education for adults, youth, and children.Responsibilities include:  to help organize periodical immigration-related events, to help implement parenting-and-storytelling workshops and other activities benefiting children and their parents, to organize and supervise periodical tutoring classes for children and a Spanish summer camp, to organize and supervise classes of GED, ESOL, citizenship and naturalization, and computer literacy, to help identify sources of funding and to help write grant proposals, to help advertise the activities, projects, and programs of the center, to help recruit and retain students and volunteers, to assist in registration processes for all programs and activities, to help organize life-transforming sacred activities and theological formation efforts, and to identify potential partners and facilitate cooperation agreements with them.  The Community Developer will be a part of the Leadership Team.


KENTUCKY

Location #1: Christian Appalachian Project in Mount Vernon. 
Position: Several volunteer positions are available in the following programs:  Child and Family Development, Disaster Relief, Domestic Abuse Centers, Camp Andrew Jackson and Camp Shawnee, and Elderly Casework and Elderly Housing
Duration: One year
Estimated monthly living expenses:  All meals and housing are provided.


Work description:   Dependent on program. The ministry is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.  The volunteers live in six volunteer houses in Rockcastle, McCreary, Jackson, Floyd and Johnson Counties in Eastern Kentucky.


Location #2
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Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky.  
Position: Grow Appalachia Volunteer
Duration: Two months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $75, which includes meals.  The volunteer is required to bring their own RV.  The hookups are provided at no cost. Free wi-fi is provided, along with free laundry services.


Work description:  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting home visits to assess resources needed, and assisting homeowners with gardening, hauling and operating the project tiller, working with the Grow Appalachia Coordinator, and promoting the Red Bird Farmer’s Market.  The volunteer must have general knowledge of vegetable gardening through experience and be able to provide general labor.  He/she must have had a driver’s license for seven years or more with a positive driving record.  Having a vehicle is required.


Location #3: Kentucky Refugee Ministries in Louisville. 

Position: Volunteer Coordination Assistant
Duration: One year 
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $650, which includes sharing housing, meals and transportation. 


Work description:   The mission of Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KFM) is to provide resettlement services through faith and agency-based co-sponsorships to promote the self-sufficiency and successful integration of refugees into our community.  KRM is committed to helping refugees access community resources and opportunities while fostering awareness of the contributions and benefits refugees bring to our community.  Refugees are victims of warfare and other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. They are often victims of physical and emotional trauma, as people who have lost homes and families; yet they also arrive with great hope to finally live in peace and freedom. The agency serves about 1300 new refugees each year.The volunteer will assist the KRM's volunteer coordinator with the recruitment and coordination of volunteers.  KRM works with approximately 500 volunteers per year.  This position will include assisting with facilitating volunteer orientation, outreach efforts in the community, communicating with staff and volunteers, and reporting on volunteer activities. 


MICHIGAN

 

MISSISSIPPI

Location: Delta Grace, Sunflower United Methodist Church, Mississippi Annual Conference. 
Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Duration: May through September
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Most expenses are covered by the placement site.

Work description Delta Grace is a year-round mission hub in the poverty stricken area of the Mississippi Delta. The purpose is to match mission teams with mission work within an hour radius of the hub. There are approximately 200 projects that need various repairs.  The volunteer will direct volunteer teams as they serve in the Mississippi Delta.  The volunteer will work directly with the Project Manager and Director of Delta Grace and be responsible for welcoming, guiding, and overseeing mission teams.

 
MONTANA

Location: Camp on the Boulder in McLeod.
Position: Lead cooks (2)
Duration: Two to three months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing and meals are provided 
Work description: The center hosts many different organizations during the summer such as AA groups, Hemophilia Association, women's support groups, family reunions, youth mission groups, mission team, family reunions, Methodist training conferences, and college freshman orientation. Lead cook is responsible for planning and preparing creative menus and meals for the varied guests, numbering from 30 to 300. These include diabetics, vegans, gluten free, etc.  The menus vary based on the type of groups that are being serviced and the center avoids serving the typical camp style food.  The volunteer is required to have some commercial kitchen experience.


NEW MEXICO

Location: McCurdy School in Espanola.   The age requirement for all volunteers is twenty-one.
Position #1:  Before and After School Ministry Director at McCurdy School

Duration: Nine (9) months beginning in August.
Estimated monthly expenses:  Housing is provided, as well as most meals in the summer.

Work description:  The volunteer will assist the Director of McCurdy Ministries in planning and implementing the program for K-8 grade McCurdy Charter School students.  Activities will include homework assistance, tutoring, art, play, snacks, fun and some learning opportunities.  The volunteer will also supervise two staff persons.


Position #2: Counselor at McCurdy School
Duration:  Nine (9) months beginning in August.
Estimated monthly living expenses:   Housing is provided as well as most meals in the summer.

Work description:  To manage Project Carino, a mental health program for nearly 600 students in the McCurdy Charter School.  The program includes the Big Buddy/Little Buddy program, assemblies on bullying, drug abuse, date violence and parenting classes.  A counseling degree or license is required.


Position #3: Director of Digital Arts Ministries at McCurdy School
Duration: Nine (9) months beginning in August.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing is provided as well as most meals in the summer.

Work description:  Responsibilities include providing chapel and devotional ministries for the McCurdy Charter School students.  The volunteer will help recruit students and lead a production of digital dramas, person on the street interviews , and do power points and art installations.  The volunteer will work with other personnel and a student leadership group to plan exciting chapel and devotional ministries for elementary, middle school and senior high students.  Also included is assisting volunteer-in-mission groups with worship.

Position #4: Director of Music Ministries at McCurdy School
Duration: Nine (9) months beginning in August.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing is provided, as well as most meals in the summer.

Work description:   The volunteer will help to recruit students and lead a praise band, choral groups and individual musicians interested in guitar, piano, voice and instrument lessons.  The volunteer director will work with other McCurdy Ministries personnel and a student leadership group to plan exciting chapel and devotional ministries for the elementary, middle school and senior high students.  K-12 music certification as a teacher would be a plus.

Position #5: Director of Teen Ministries at McCurdy School
Duration: Nine (9) months beginning in August.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing is provided, as well as most meals in the summer.

Work description:   In preparation for McCurdy Ministries’ opening of a teen center, the volunteer director will start and coordinate a youth ministry that will include faith building, mission, socials, service and fun activities.  Students in the ministry program will be required to complete service learning hours. The volunteer must have a deep love for God and a desire to share that love with the teens in the community.  



NORTH CAROLINA

Location #1: Hayesville
Position:   Volunteer Mission Program Coordinator at the Hinton Rural Life Center (RV)
Duration: Three months to two years
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200.  Housing and most meals are provided.
Work description:  The ministry focuses on self-help affordable housing, program ministries, and retreat operations, and volunteer missions.  The volunteer will be responsible for facilitating the summer volunteer mission program.  Additional responsibilities include checking in guests , light maintenance, office duties, and logistical details for programs and retreats.


Location #2: Native American Cooperative Ministry (NCCUMC) in Rowland.
Position: Home Repair Site Assessor.
Duration: Five months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $1100, which includes an apartment, utilities and meals.

Work description:  The volunteer will assist in work team site assessment and implement work project efforts.  The volunteer should have knowledge of basic housing repair and construction.


OHIO

Location #1: Athens, Ohio. Good Works, Inc.
Position: Appalachian Immersion Intern

Duration: Nine to twelve months

Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing is provided at no cost.  Most meals are provided.  Plan on $50 for meals.


Work description:

They are seeking volunteers to participate in their 9 to 12- month Appalachian Immersion Internship.  Responsibilities include: 1) Live in Christian community at the Good Works Hannah House, and offer hospitality and leadership to short-term mission teams.  They host approximately forty groups a year. 2) Serve at the Timothy House, their home for people without homes. They provide the only shelter in nine rural Southeast Ohio counties, and offer care to between 150 and 200 people each year. 3) Provide leadership to Friday Night Life, the weekly community meal, followed by activities for adults and children.  It has 100 to 150 participants. 4) Do practical service, including repairs and small construction, at the homes of those who are older, widowed, or experiencing a disability.  They work with approximately forty families a year. 5) Assist in leading Service Living, a Good Works initiative to connect Ohio University students with people, beauty, history, culture and needs of rural Appalachia. 6) Interns are provided pastoral care, discipleship training, mentoring, and weekly education times on topics such as Appalachian culture, ministry with people in poverty, scripture, community, and justice.

 

Location #2: Cleveland, Ohio - The Nehemiah Mission

Position: Summer Team Coordinator Assistant

Duration: 11 weeks

Estimated monthly living expenses:  $150 with housing and some meals provided. 


Work description: 

The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland rebuilds the lives and homes of the physically and fiscally challenged of Cleveland through volunteer mission teams who improve living environments in order to sow seeds of hope for individuals and neighborhoods. These teams (UMVIM ) visit from all over the U. S. They are housed and fed at the mission site and work is directed by the mission staff. The Summer Team Coordinator will assist these teams during their time of service at the Mission and in the community.

 

OKLAHOMA

Location: Cookson Hills Center in Cookson.  The Center is in ministry with the low income people of Cherokee, Adair, and Sequoyah Counties of Eastern Oklahoma.
Position: Program Coordinator.
Duration: At least one year.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $200, which includes housing, meals and ground transportation.


Work description:  The volunteer will plan and implement health and healthy living programs through the Health Resource Center.  The center is focused on providing space for local agencies to come and provide services such as blood sugar testing and dental check-ups.  Also included in the responsibilities are field trips for the senior citizens.

OREGON

Location: L’Arche USA. 
Position: L’Arche Assistant
Duration: One year.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Accommodates and meals are provided. 

Work description:  The volunteer will provide daily assistance to members of the community by building a relationship of mutual care and support, providing direct care supports and skill building, and supporting a home life of unity, mutual respect and participation of all members of the community. Much of the volunteering resembles a case worker or foster parent for people with developmental disabilities.  The volunteer is expected to engage regularly in prayer and devotional meetings.


  

PENNSYLVANIA

Location: Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program, Lancaster. 
Position #1: Refugee Housing Assistant
Duration: Twelve months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $850, which includes housing and meals.

Work description:  The volunteer will support the Housing Specialist of CWS, providing support to the housing needs of more than 400 refugee and Cuban/Haitian entrants.  Duties include visiting potential refugee housing options to determine appropriateness based on federal, local and program standards, facilitate the pick-up of household furniture and goods, track donated goods in database, assist in furnishing apartments, and facilitating the signing of lease agreements between refugee clients and local landlords.

Position #2: Cultural Orientation Facilitator
Duration: Twelve months.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $850, which includes housing and meals.

Work description:  The volunteer will organize and teach cultural orientation classes for the newest arrriving individuals and families. This includes designing and developing curriculum and materials, planning and implementing logistics, recruiting and training volunteers and interpreters from within ethnic and other Lancaster communities, maintaining case notes on client progress as well as client attendance.



TENNESSEE

Location: Reelfoot Rural Ministries in Obion.
Position: Community Services Assistant.
Duration: Two months to one year.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  Housing, meals, and transportation are provided.
Work description: Responsibilities may include aiding in all areas of the ministry, including community services and the work camp program. The volunteer will be the liaison between RRM and volunteers.  


TEXAS

Location: Refugee Services of Texas, Inc.   There are offices in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Houston. 
Position: Service Center Directors
Duration: Three to six months.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  The volunteer is responsible for his/her housing, meals and transportation.  The cost depends on the area of Texas.


Work description:  The volunteer will be responsible for directing the case managements for refugees who come from Bhutan, Burma, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Somali, Congo, Rwanda and Cuba.  Responsibilities include clerical work, mentoring, meeting refugees at the airport, and assisting them in acclimating to the environment.


Location:
Ranchos Brazos Granbury, in partnership with the Central Texas Conference. 
Position: Construction/Volunteer Site Coordinator.
Duration: Two years.
Estimated monthly living expenses:$200, which includes meals.  Housing will be provided.


Work description
:The volunteer will oversee all teams of the United Methodist church and all teams who register through the website.  Included is overseeing construction projects and assigning teams to sites according to skills and abilities. The volunteer will work closely with the case management for all needs, as well as attend finance committee meetings and make assessments and ordering building supplies.



VIRGINIA

Location: Church World Service in Richmond. 
Position: Community Outreach Coordinator
Duration: Six months to a year.
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $750, which includes housing.  Volunteer prepares own meals and will budget accordingly.

Work description:  The volunteer will launch a campaign to enlighten the local faith community and churches about refugee resettlement, including contacting local churches and faith groups, making presentations, recruiting additional church co-sponsors, and helping to recruit additional volunteers. 



Location: Church World Service in Harrisonburg.
 
Position: Immigration and Case Worker Assistant.
Duration: Six months to a year
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $750, which includes housing.  Volunteer prepares own meals and will budget accordingly.


Work description:  The volunteer will assist the case workers by maintining case notes and case files for clients; assist in providing core services to new refugee arrivals including apartment set-up and appointments; assist in communication with local churches and community groups, and assisting the immigration program with client information and case files.




Application

Contact Information

Mission Volunteers Program

458 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30308

Email: mv@umcmission.org

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