Mission Volunteer Opportunities: North America

United States

Alabama

Location: Alabama Rural Ministry in Opelika

Position #1: Outreach Coordinator
Duration: Two months to one year
Estimated monthly living expenses: Housing and ground transportation are provided. $350 estimated monthly for meals.
Work description: Assist the Tuskegee summer staff with hosting volunteer mission teams; assist staff with nightly worship and discipleship activities related to teams; help prepare grant applications for qualified families; serve alongside mission teams; and assist Director of Ministry Operations and Executive Director in the main office with communications and other tasks as needed.

 

Position #2: Construction / Home Repair Assistant Coordinator
Duration: Six months to one year
Estimated monthly living expenses: Housing and ground transportation are provided. $450 estimated monthly for meals.
Work description: Work with the construction supervisor to set up home repair work days with volunteers; assess homes and develop scopes of work; purchase construction materials and develop tool list for volunteers; pray with and listen to the home owner's stories and help build relationships. Does not need to be a licensed builder/contractor, but needs a basic understanding of construction and power tools.

 

Position #3: Volunteer / Intern Recruiter
Duration: Six months +
Estimated monthly living expenses: Housing and ground transportation are provided. $450 estimated monthly for meals.
Work description: Assist the Director in attending youth gatherings and youth events to recruit UMVIM teams and other work teams; attend college intern fairs; assist and participate with service day events; assist with communications and volunteer training. Should be comfortable with public speaking and good phone etiquette, as well as familiar with social media and communication systems.

 

Position #4: Children's Day Camp Assistant Coordinator
Duration: Two months +
Estimated monthly living expenses: Housing and ground transportation are provided. $450 estimated monthly for meals.
Work description: Serve as a counselor with other college age students at our summer children's camp; serve with afterschool tutoring ministry; set up children's activities during special community service days; assist and participate with service day events; assist with communications and volunteer training for children's events. Volunteer should have a passion for working with children ages 5-10, but does not need to be a licensed counselor.

Alaska

Location #1: Ketchikan Hostel

Position: Hostel Manager
Duration: 12 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 Ketchikan welcomes visitors 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.

 

Location #2: Birchwood Camp, Chugiak, Alaska

Position: Camp Volunteer
Duration: Two months and up
Estimated monthly living expenses: A private room is provided. Plan on $250 for meals.
Work description: Birchwood Camp is a year-round camp and retreat center about 30 miles north of Anchorage. A place of tranquility, the Camp exists to provide others with an experience of Christian love. The Camp Volunteer/s are responsible for hosting the guest groups and campers, assist in overall camp operation, and some office work. Qualified candidates would have excellent hospitality skills, able to ensure that guests feel welcomed and comfortable during their stay.

Arizona

Location: Inn2 America in Tucson

Position: Ministry Assistant
Duration: 3 months or more
Estimated Monthly living expenses: $400, includes housing and meals. Personal transportation encouraged.
Work description: Inn2 America provides a safe and compassionate place for immigrant families to stay while transitioning to the next part of their journey. The Ministry Assistant will work with Inn2 to provide a welcoming environment. Activities will include: greeting immigrant families and accompanying family members through daily activities, preparing meals, and organizing volunteer schedules. Spanish fluency is not required but basic Spanish language skills will be helpful in this role.

Illinois

Location: Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), Pawnee, IL

Position: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Duration: Two months
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: MMDC is a disaster relief facility and cooperating depot of the UMCOR Relief Supply Network. Volunteers will welcome teams, help orient teams and other volunteers to the facilities, and work with the Operations and Volunteer coordinators in delegating work assignments. Volunteer/s are responsible for hosting the guest groups and campers, assist in overall camp operation, and some office work. Qualified candidates would have excellent hospitality skills, able to ensure that guests feel welcomed and comfortable during their stay.

Kentucky

Location: Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM), Louisville, KY

Position: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Duration: Six months or more
Estimated monthly living expenses: $660, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: KRM is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees though faith-based and community-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant will help develop relationships with church youth groups and coordinate volunteer activities and projects with those groups; represent KRM at community outreach events such as fairs, festivals, local markets and organizations; assist with planning on special events; and work with volunteers and staff to manage/assist groups before they arrive and upon arrival to KRM.

Louisiana

Location: Sager-Brown UMCOR Depot, Baldwin, LA

Position: Assistant Construction and Project Manager
Duration: Six weeks (average)
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: UMCOR Sager-Brown provides home repairs and renovations for low-income elderly and/or disabled homeowners in rural southwestern Louisiana. The volunteer will assist with the supervision of teams coming in service to this low-income community, make assessments for repairs and improvements, purchase materials, and assist with supervision of work crews for assigned projects. Should be experienced in construction/home improvement project management.

Location: Sager-Brown UMCOR Depot, Baldwin, LA
Position #2: Depot Assistant
Duration: Six weeks (average)
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: The Depot Assistant will be primarily responsible for the safety, hospitality and fellowship of visiting youth and adults who arrive weekly to support the missions of the Sager Brown Depot. The Depot Assistant should have experience, or at least a sincere commitment, to lovingly welcome, communicate with, learn from, and understand both the Sager Brown staff and incoming mission volunteers that they will be serving. Persons with warehouse and/or truck loading experience are especially encouraged to apply for Mission Volunteer assignment to UMCOR Sager Brown.

Position #3: Host/Hostess
Duration: Six weeks (average)
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: This is preferably a two-person position, due to the diverse and complementary skills required to check-in and serve the various needs of incoming mission teams and individuals, provide meal counts and kitchen ministry assignments to the Cafeteria Manager, make announcements at all meals, and manage the Gift Shop inventory and sales. They will be primarily responsible for the safety, hospitality and fellowship of visiting youth and adults who arrive weekly to support the missions of the Sager Brown Depot and Outreach Ministries.

Position #4: Outreach Assistant
Duration: Six weeks (average)
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200, including housing, meals, and transport.
Work description: The Outreach Assistant will assist with the coordination of opportunities for visiting youth and adults to service culturally diverse low-income community applicants that meet financial and scope of work criteria for elderly and/or disabled homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make the needed repairs. Executive Assistant and/or Case Manager experience is highly valued, but not necessary.

Michigan

Location: God's Country Cooperative Parish, Newberry, Michigan

Position: UMVIM Team Coordinator
Duration: Two months
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200 plus cost of housing, depending on resources.
Work description: God's Country Cooperative Parish hosts VIM teams from all over the US. We serve seven churches in our parish by working on homes, community development, summer children's programming, and a swim bus. The UMVIM Team Coordinator will help work with the home ministry, supervise other volunteers, and various administrative duties over the course of the program.

New Mexico

Location: McCurdy Ministries Community Center, Espanola, NM

Position: Various - see descriptions, below
Duration: Three months or more
Estimated monthly living expenses: $500; Housing and some meals are provided.
Work descriptions:

After School Care Assistant: Responsibilities include assisting teachers with classroom monitoring,activities and lessons, homework and snack time. Other duties may be assigned by the classroom teacher.

Camp Stars Summer Camp Assistant: The Camp Stars Camp Assistant duties will range from classroom monitoring and chaperoning field trips to assisting with meal preparation and snack time.

Custodial & Cafeteria Assistant: Volunteer will assist MMCC maintenance staff with various tasks including campus renovations, plumbing, and grounds maintenance. Specific
cafeteria duties will include assisting with food preparation and serving food.

Development & Administrative Assistant: This person will work directly with the Executive Director and Director of Development and Church Relations assisting with administrative duties such as data entry, thank you notes, and other office tasks as assigned.

Pre-K Classroom Assistant: The classroom assistant will assist with preparing materials, supplies and lesson packets as assigned.

Retreat Center Host: The host will welcome volunteers on campus and assist throughout their stay as well as manage the MMCC Gift Shop when volunteer groups are visiting.

North Carolina

Location #1: Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, NC

Position: Summer Tool Shed Manager
Duration: Three months
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200. Lodging, some meals, and local transportation provided with valid drivers license and clean driving record.
Work description: Located in western North Carolina, Hinton Center offers conference and retreat facilities, as well as provides ministry support to the local community through their firewood ministry, garden ministry, poverty initiative, and a mission outreach program. In addition to managing and repairing the very large tool shed on property, the volunteer will act as a resource for unskilled volunteer team leaders coming to serve at Hinton who may not have any familiarity with some of their tools, as well as educating the team leaders on proper use and safety procedures. Access to site amenities during off hours.


Location #2: Haywood Street Congregation, Asheville, NC

Position: Community Resident
Duration: One year
Estimated monthly living expenses: $235, includes private room, some meals and ground transportation.
Work description: HSC is a mission church with a particular focus on welcoming those most excluded by the world - especially those living with mental illness, formerly incarcerated, jobless, houseless or in active addiction. The volunteer's primary focus will be supporting the Downtown Welcome Table, where lunch is served family style twice a week. Duties will include: managing orders from suppliers, training volunteers and joining staff in providing a ministry of hospitality and presence to all who arrive on campus.

Ohio

Location #1: 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.

 

Location #2: St. Mary's, Ohio - Resource and Opportunity Center, In. - The Victor House

Position: Assistant House Manager
Duration: 4 months to one year
Estimated monthly living expenses: $300 with housing and some meals provided.
Work description: The Victor House seeks to provide a Christian, sober-living, transitional home for men ages 18 and up. The volunteer would assist with monitoring activities of each participant, guiding participants in spiritual growth and development of life skills such as budgeting, communication and decision making as well as help to lead weekly Bible study and community groups.

 

Location #3: Steubenville, Ohio - The JOSHUA Program of Urban Mission Ministries

Position: Construction Director or Volunteer Coordinator
Duration: 3-4 months beginning in May/June
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200 with housing and some meals provided.
Work description: The JOSHUA Program is a summer service program focused on community revitalization. During the summer, volunteer groups come each week to do home repair projects for low income or elderly residents in the area. The Construction Director should have a background or experience in construction work and planning work projects. The Volunteer Coordinator will assist the Construction Director with applications and communication with homeowners, as well as act as host for volunteer teams.

Tennessee

Location #1: Reelfoot Rural Ministries in Obion

Position: Community Services Assistant
Duration: Two months to one year.
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200 - Housing, transportation are provided. Some meals are covered.
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. In the fall and winter season, work will be primarily with the back to school program, food bank, and toy store ministry. In spring, summer, and early fall, the need is focused on home rehabilitation and work camp ministry, along with some maintenance of facilities.

 

Location #2: Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville

Position: Various - see descriptions, below
Duration: Six months to one year preferred
Estimated monthly living expenses: $200. Housing and some meals are provided.

Work descriptions:
Program Assistant: Responsibilities include assisting in the preparation and implementation of the various programs related to spiritual formation / enrichment, such as Vespers, All That Jazz, exhibits, Poet's Corner, blogs, and retreats.

Library - Hospitality Volunteer: Basic library responsibilities plus assistance with Hospitality Center, conducting tours, and administrative support

Property Repair and Renovation: This person will dedicate focused attention to the refurbishment, restoration, and repair of our historic campus.

Campus Gardener: SBC is a 125 year-old historic property sitting in the heart of Nashville. The Gardener will work with volunteers and staff to care for the many flower beds and help create a sustainable garden for our dining hall.

Painter / Construction Helper: Needs knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, and application techniques common to the painting trade

Finance and Administrative Volunteer: Assist Finance Director with various functions of department, assist with coordinating volunteers, and help with Conference and Hospitality Center

Texas

Location: Refugee Services of Texas, Inc., Dallas, TX

Position: Development Assistant
Duration: Two months and up
Estimated monthly living expenses: $800. The volunteer is responsible for his/her housing, meals and transportation. Personal transportation is required.
Work description: The volunteer will be responsible for working with local communities and partners to engage support of all activities associated with the Refugee Services of Texas offices as they help meet the needs of refugees in the area.

 

Location: IConnect Outreach, Lumberton, TX

Position: Home Repair Assistant
Duration: Two months and up
Estimated monthly living expenses: $450 which includes housing and transportation. Personal transportation is required.
Work description: IConnect Outreach has spent over 300,000 hours helping hundreds of families and organizations repair and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The volunteer will be responsible for assisting with general construction tasks under the supervision of IConnect staff. Previous construction experience is not required.