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Individual Volunteer Opportunities: USA

(RV = hookups available for Recreational Vehicles)

1. Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM), Livingston or Tuskegee: summer employment for college age students in a home repair and day camp ministry serving ethnic minority children ages 5- 12. Host volunteer teams or serve as day camp counselors. Housing, most meals, stipend. (RV)

2. Nellie Barge Community Center, Montgomery: teacher's aide or teacher for children 2-5 years old. Instruct children, sing, play games, tell Bible stories, chaperone field trips.

3. SIFAT (Servants In Faith And Technology International), Lineville: mission interpreter/logistics coordinator; administrative assistant; librarian; maintenance of buildings; animal care, garden helper; custodian and general helper. (RV)

Birchwood Camp, Chugiak: general camp maintenance; various positions for 5-week summer camp session. Room and board provided, one day off each week. (RV) 2. Nome Community Center, Nome: adult day care assistant; Bering Strait food bank coordinator. Housing provided by Community United Methodist Church. Small stipend.

Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR - Professor to teach Early Childhood Education courses. Master's degree in Education required. Housing and Meals provided.

TMM Family Services, Inc., Tucson: carpentry, painting, plumbing, landscaping, general office receptionist, filing, mailing list upgrades.

The David & Margaret Home, LaVerne: work in the residential program, administration, or community based. Requirements: good social skills, good written and oral communications skills, valid driver's license. Housing and meals provided, small stipend.

1. Templed Hills Camp, Woodland Park: general maintenance; work with work teams; hospitality specialist (welcome groups, share camp guidelines, describe camp layout, answer questions, odd jobs).

2. Alamosa, CO - VIDA Volunteers - Placement in various local non-profits to assist with their mission to provide services to the community. Housing and some meals provided. Possible small monthly stipend. Year commitment.

1. Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms: retired M.D. to serve as community physician for this community of retired ministers, missionaries, YMCA workers and other lay persons.

2. Florida Disaster recovery center: Individual for various support positions for coordination and supervision of incoming UMVIM teams. Case management support.

3. West Palm Beach: Volunteer wanted as summer camp intern to assist Camp and Children's Ministry Director in planning and implementing the 3 six-week day camps and a one-week residential camp. Requirements include experience working in a group setting with children. English language skills necessary, Spanish and Creole language skills helpful. Begin between January and April each year and finish at end of September. Housing available and small stipend.

1. Breakthru House, Decatur: fundraising and development, grant writing, resident staff. 2. Jubilee Partners, Comer: full-time resident volunteers needed for teaching ESL and survival skills to newly arrived refugees; child care, cleaning, maintenance, gardening. Housing provided.

3. Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers, Cedartown: plumbing, carpentry, painting; summer volunteer program (activity assistants, clerical work, lawn and grounds care). (RV)

4. The Open Door Community, Atlanta: join resident staff serving homeless persons and prisoners, prepare and serve meals, assist with shower and clothing ministry, share in household cleaning and maintenance, participate in worship and peace with justice actions. Six months minimum.

5. UMVIM, SEJ (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction), Decatur: general office assistance; basic computer skills essential.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham: assemble kits, sewing, carpentry. (RV)

Assembly Team Coordinator needed for Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI). Time frame - as soon as possible for 6 months to 1 year or longer. Volunteer will schedule monthly assembly teams, supervise production, distribute raw materials to work sites and deliver finished product to shipping center. Four hours per day with flexibility in work schedule possible at a site in North Indiana near Fort Wayne.

Project Kansas Area Disaster Recovery, Haviland, KS, Kansas West Conference. Supervise volunteers, assess houses, needs, determine available resources, teach and training volunteers. Fill out reports. Must have construction and volunteer experience. Minimum commitment of 2 months is requested. Stipend available.

1. Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, Ravenna: carpentry, mechanics, yard work, plumbing, trail improvements, etc. (RV)

2. The Bennett Center, London: work in an after-school program, Saturday night concert series, teen open hours, youth leadership development program, summer day camp, and special events. Housing, meals, health insurance and small stipend provided for long term volunteers.

3. Christian Appalachian Project, eastern Kentucky: work in home repair, child care, assist people with disabilities, elderly services, case workers, adult education, summer camp. (RV) 4. Henderson Settlement, Frakes: tutoring, food pantry, home visits, transitional housing support, recreation for children and youth, other outreach ministries. Housing and meals provided. (RV)

5. Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center, Crestwood: finish a lodging cabin (plumbing, electrical, drywall, building a deck, etc.); refurbish McCoy House; roof repair to Foeman Lodge. (RV)

6. Mennonite Central Committee, Harlan: cooks for spring and summer, job site leadership and material delivery. Small stipend. A project of CORA (Commission on Religion in Appalachia).

7. Moments with the Master, Gray: building, general paper work and grant writing. Housing and meals furnished. A project of CORA (Commission on Religion in Appalachia).

8. Open Ground, Harrodsburg: gardener; office help with grant writing, web site updating, publicity; building maintenance. Housing and food furnished. A project of CORA (Commission on Religion in Appalachia).

9. Red Bird Clinic, Beverly: physicians, nurses, lab technicians, dentists willing to become licensed in Kentucky for outpatient clinics. 1 month or longer. Lodging, some meals provided. (RV)

10. Red Bird Mission, Beverly: Adult Education volunteer, volunteer to manage Home Repair Program. (RV)

11. Tess' International Handicraft Shop, Wilmore: store manager of a non-profit mission store.

12. Wesley House Community Services, Louisville: work with the Development Consultant and assist with raising funds for renovating Wesley Wearhouse; participate in major grant writing.

1. UMCOR Sager Brown (Baldwin, LA): Long-term volunteer with some construction knowledge needed to plan local housing rehabilitation projects, participate in local outreach programs, and coordinate work for volunteer teams that come throughout the year. Please contact Kathy Kraiza, Executive Director, UMCOR Sager Brown, PO Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514, phone 337-923-6238, e-mail: reception@sagerbrown.org.

2. UMCOR Sager-Brown (Baldwin, LA): year-round work in depot to sort, package, clean supplies, campus maintenance, landscaping, painting, home repairs, tutoring. (RV)

3. The Dulac Station of the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Louisiana Conference has an immediate opening for an individual or couple (no children or pets) to act as Project Assistant for the reconstruction work being done in response to needs created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and years of systemic poverty. The individual/s will answer directly to the Station Manager for Dulac, and must possess basic construction understanding; have a positive track record in working with volunteers; possess their own pick-up truck that they will be willing to use in material runs; possess a valid driver’s license in one of the US states or an acceptable international drivers license; and have up-to-date auto insurance. An apartment with basic utilities will be provided free-of-charge. Fuel reimbursement will be granted for the use of the pick-up truck. A stipend of $1,000 per month will be paid, pro-rated for less than a full month period. Time off will be granted each week as the schedule permits. Dulac is a community in the bayou region of southern Louisiana, approximately 2 hours southwest of New Orleans. November through February weather is mild. To apply, send resume along with names and contact information for at least 3 references (these should include people that know your abilities with regard to construction and volunteer inter-action) to: johnpaulmcguire@bellsouth.net, or by post mail to John Paul McGuire, DRM Station Manager, 125 Coast Guard Rd., Dulac, LA 70353.

4. Dulac Community Center, Dulac: repairs, ramp building, landscaping with Houma indigenous people; tutoring for children or adults, recreation and crafts, assist in office. (RV)

5. Project Hurricane Recovery, Louisiana Conference: supervise volunteers, assess houses, teach and training volunteers (roofing, exterior weatherizing, drywall including ceilings and walls, flooring). Must have construction and volunteer experience. Minimum commitment of 2 months is requested.

Stations are:
1. Abbeville Recovery Station (Abbeville, LA)
2. Dulac Substation (this site is supervised by the Operations Coordinator at our Abbeville Station; it is located in Dulac, LA)
3. Eastbank Recovery Station (Metairie, LA)
4. Southwest Recovery Station (Lake Charles, LA)
5. Northshore Recovery Station (Slidell, LA)
6. Uptown Recovery Station (New Orleans, LA)
7. North Rampart Community Center (supervised by the Operations Coordinator at our Uptown Station; it is located in New Orleans, LA)

6. Project North Rampart Community Center (formerly St. Mark's Community Center). Serve as an interim executive director of North Rampart Community Center as it develops. This will include overseeing programs that already exist, providing a community needs assessment for the community, working with the Board Directors on board development and fundraising, collaborating with the LA Storm Recovery Ministry. Prefer someone with college degree in social work or business management, experience in personnel management, excellent communication skills, experience in fundraising and budget control, commitment to mission and outreach ministries of the UMC. A one year commitment is requested with possibility of extension. Housing and $1500 stipend / month is offered. You will need to provide for your meals (~$250-500/month), travel and cell / phone bill. 

The Twin Ports Ministry to the Seafarers, Duluth: assist in welcoming the sailors in port; travel to congregations and groups in the area to share with them about the ministry and promote the church's involvement; help maintain the Center and grounds; etc. One to three years. Housing, meals, small stipend.

1. Rust College, Holly Springs: activities coordinator; house parents; heating and air technician.

2. Project Hurricane Recovery, Mississippi Conference: Supervise volunteers, assess houses, teach and training volunteers (roofing, exterior weatherizing, drywall including ceilings and walls, flooring). Must have construction and volunteer experience. Minimum commitment of 2 months is requested.

The Mission Camps are:
1. Camp Hope, Vancleave
2. Camp Love, Gulfport
3. Camp Gulfside, Waveland

3. Project Mississippi Rural Center. Serve as an interim executive director of Mississippi Rural Center. This will include overseeing programs, providing a community needs assessment for the community and working with the Board Directors on board development, fundraising and stabilizing finances and operations. Prefer someone with college degree in social work or business management, experience in personnel management, excellent communication skills, experience in fundraising and budget control, commitment to mission and outreach ministries of the UMC. A one year commitment is requested. Housing and $1500 stipend / month is offered. You will need to provide for your meals (~$250-400/month), travel and cell phone (or phone bill). 

1. Camp on the Boulder, McLeod, MT

a. Christian camp volunteer - positions available in maintenance, kitchen, and housekeeping. Arrive in June stay thru August. Housing and meals provided.

b. Host site coordinator for UMVIM teams and individuals coming to help with fire relief efforts. Coordinate teams, communication, orientate teams, driving to local ranches, helping groups get the projects started, other camp duties as time permits. Housing and meals provided.

2. Project Blackfoot Reservation. Volunteer with servant heart needed to help with administrative duties and a variety of ministry outreaches on Blackfeet Reservation. Must be able to tolerate animals. Need own transportation. Housing and some meals provided. Glacier National Park nearby. 

McCurdy School, Espanola:
1. Long-term volunteer to coordinate volunteer teams and individuals

2. Short-term and long-term term volunteers during school year (maintenance, teacher's aides, tutoring, computer and office help)

3. School Nurse for K-12 and preschool children. There is a health clinic at the school. Traditional school nurse work. Starts early August thru school year.

Rooms available for all positions.

1. Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville: be available to respond to emergencies, assist residents with needs, assist with transportation of residents, assist with mail distribution and delivery of newspapers, help with reading or writing letters, other duties. Apartment, small stipend. (RV)

2. Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville: home repair/construction, maintain center. (RV)

3. Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives (MERCI), Goldsboro: grant writer especially needed; office work, warehouse work, construction, work with other volunteers, drive. (RV)

4. Robeson County Church and Community Center, Lumberton: home repair, Bible School, work in Native American community, food and clothing ministry, literacy training. Housing provided. (RV)

Volunteer needed at Spirit Lake Nation Reservation, North Dakota. This person will serve at Spirit Lake Ministry Center and work with UMVIM teams coming to the reservation. This will involve supervision of light construction or VBS leadership with community children. Duties could include cooking meals, office duties and general cleanup of the Ministry Center. Time frame for volunteer - any time after May and until early September. Housing is provided in the common dormitory and meals are also included.

1. SOWER Work Mission Program, Bethesda: supervise work teams in building and construction.

2. Good Works Community Center, Athens, Ohio (rural SE Ohio), http://good-works.net - an ecumenical ministry with strong UMC support and connection is looking for a volunteer to fill a 9 month internship called Appalachian Immersion (AI) which begins September.  This  is an opportunity to grow in their faith and their love for God and people! The AI Internship provides housing and food and a monthly stipend. Interns are provided opportunities to develop their character and leadership skills as they serve in many different aspects of our ministry with widows, at-risk children, homeless people and others struggling with poverty. We do prefer volunteers with one completed year of college.

a. Work with the homeless at The Timothy House (the only shelter in 9 SE Ohio counties). Each year, the TH provides 150-200 people with shelter and care.

b. Serve widows and citizens with disabilities at their homes in rural Athens County. We work with about 40 families each year.

c. Work with our adults who participate in our Friday Night Life program and our Kids Club. FNL has about 100-150 participants.

d. Serve as support staff to our new initiative with Ohio University first year students.

e. Live in the Good Works Hannah House and help to host the many visiting groups who come to serve with us each year. About 40 groups a year visit Good Works.

f. Are provided pastoral care, discipleship training, mentoring, weekly education times and discussions around the issues of poverty and scripture.

3. Cleveland. Broadway UMC. Request volunteer with skills in area of youth-teen ministry to create and train adults to work in youth ministry program of inner city church.  Requirements include spiritual maturity, grounded prayer life and willingness to work with persons of diverse age, ethnicity and economic status. Housing available, possible small stipend.

Cookson Hills Center: assist with Volunteers In Mission program.

Tree of Life Ministry, Mission: direct Volunteers in Mission teams to work on projects, line up work for the teams, order and deliver supplies, line up culture activities for the evenings, meet teams and get them settled in the dormitory. Stay in the dorm with the teams and share meals with the teams.

1. Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Robbins: long-term volunteers (1 month to 1 year) to work on the building sites and help with material runs. Housing, small stipend. A project of CORA (Commission on Religion in Appalachia).

2. Church Health Center - Memphis: Internships in the areas of aquatics, child life education, health education, health services research, exercise and movement, nutrition, wellness,physical therapy, public affairs, and congregational health ministries.

1. Agape Community Clinic, East Dallas: help provide health and spiritual care services, crafts, English as a Second Language, Bible study and fellowship. Volunteers needed: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, translators (Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian), office assistants, social workers, patient advocates, chaplains, and spiritual care persons (ordained or lay).

2. Arlington Urban Ministries, Arlington: work in storefront ministry, Laundromat ministry, Bible School, puppet shows, teach citizenship, life skills, nonviolence and ESL.

3. Dallas Bethlehem Center, Inc., Dallas: work with school-age children in summer enrichment program (computer instruction, lesson planning and teaching, chaperone field trips, parent interviews). BA in Education, Child Development, or Social Work required.

4. International Museum of Cultures, Dallas: interior/exterior painting, skilled trades, landscaping, museum guides; day camp counselors for grades 1-6 in summer. Lodging, dining, parking available on campus. (RV)

5. P.E.T. Project of Texas, Luling: help assemble Personal Energy Transporters for shipment to mission sites in developing countries for persons who cannot walk so they can become productive citizens. Tasks include woodworking, metal work, painting, and packing. (RV)

6. Project Transformation, Dallas: (1) Summer program -- join 50 other interns to provide summer programs for children at urban sites across Dallas. Free housing and food; small stipend, educational voucher. (2) Year-round Internship (full-time or part-time - 8 months of after-school programming, 8 weeks of summer day camp, 1 week of overnight urban camp. Lead after-school programs serving children in grades 1-6 (tutoring and homework help, physical recreation activities, rotational weekly lessons in nutrition, Bible, computer, etc). Provide monthly "Family Fun Nights." Small stipend, educational voucher issued by AmeriCorps. (3) Someone needed to devote 2-4 hours / day reading with children. May also elect to provide a dinner for interns, collect/provide supplies, lead special activities such as career exposure, special lessons, arts and crafts, coach sports activities or teach computer skills.

7. Refugee Services of Texas, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston: assist in refugee resettlement, case work, transportation, ESL, clerical work.

8. Wesley Community Center, Amarillo: Vacation Bible School, paint and repair homes (July), summer camp program, ages 6-13 (June-August). (RV)

9. Whispers of Hope Horse Farm, Wichita Falls: assist physically and mentally challenged youth, ages 2-19, with therapeutic riding at no cost to the child. Construction, plumbing, electrical, general labor, arts and crafts, office, horse handlers, spotters, barn keepers, maintenance, organizers, day supervisors, coordinators, team leaders, fundraisers.

10. Project Disaster Recovery Team, Texas Annual Conference, Beaumont - Supervise volunteers, assess houses, teach and training volunteers (roofing, exterior weatherizing, drywall including ceilings and walls, flooring). Must have construction and volunteer experience. Minimum commitment of 2 months is requested.

There are two satellite stations:
1. Port Arthur
2. Orange

Henry Fork Service Center, Rocky Mount:

1. Assist with summer, pre-school and after-school programs: homework, mentor, supervise indoor and outdoor activities, plan and lead crafts. (RV)

2. Construction supervisors for incoming work teams and projects. Housing provided.

L'Arche - live in community with and assist individuals with developmental disabilities by offering individualized support services, adaptive skills training, basic medical care and a family like atmosphere. Prefer one year commitment. Housing, meals and monthly stipend provided.

McDowell Mission, Gary: rehabilitate old school building for varied ministry, electrical, plumbing, general construction. Housing provided. A project of CORA (Commission on Religion in Appalachia).

1. Project Ring Lake Ranch - Ecumenical Retreat Center. Volunteer needed to assist the cooks prepare delicious meals for guests or work with housekeepers or maintenance staff to insure a clean, safe environment. Season is late May thru early September.

2. United Methodist Circle J Ranch Camp and Retreat Center, Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Volunteer couple with variety of basic skills needed to assist with over-all camp operations. Building and grounds maintenance, lawn care and irrigation as well as office work and building cleanliness. Needed for six weeks to three months. Volunteer must provide own housing, meals. No stipend is provided.