Partners in Service

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For over 50 years, Volunteer Ministries has provided opportunities for people to share their gifts of service and witness to others.  Through the act of foot washing, Jesus makes clear God’s call to serve others.  We are invited to ministries of service that reflect God’s love by responding to the needs of the world and involving ourselves in efforts to challenge injustices.  The logo of the towel and basin remind us of God’s call to serve.

This Partners in Service listing provides a wide variety of opportunities for people to engage in meaningful service, in cooperation with local churches, Conferences and host agencies.  The philosophy undergirding Volunteer Ministries is that all God’s people have been given gifts and that through our baptism we are called to offer these gifts in the service of others.  Read on to learn how you may offer your gifts through Partners in Service. . .

Full-Time Placements throughout the United States for Adults of All Ages.

700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH  44115-1100
www.ucc.org/volunteer
866.822.8224 ext. 3214 or ext. 3216



CONTENTS

Contact Information
Partners in Service Program Description
Three-Way Partnership Agreement
General Information
Application Procedure & Deadlines
Index of Service Sites by State
Index of Service Sites by Ministry
Alphabetical Listing of Service Sites
Covenant & Commissioning Service 

Diverse Ministries

 

 Service Site Listing (By State)

Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland 
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Michigan
Mississippi 
Missouri 
Montana

Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico 
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia 
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Resources
Index of Service Sites (Alphabetical) 


 For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Executive for Volunteer Ministries
Phone: 216.736.3214
Toll-Free: 866.822.8224, ext. 3214
E-mail: blaufusm@ucc.org

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Volunteer Ministries is part of Wider Church Ministries.  Wider Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ works with Conferences and local congregations to develop relationships with partners throughout the global church. As companions with many partners nationally and internationally, we seek to lift up needs in our world and unite in a common mission of service.  www.ucc.org/wcm

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS

Volunteer placements with international partners are available through the Global Ministries Office of Mission Personnel.

Global Mission Interns are recent college graduates appointed for one to three years, working with church agencies or ecumenical partners in ministry with the poor, or working with Christian action groups dealing with Human rights, reconciliation and development projects.

Contact Global Ministries Personnel Office, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, Indiana  46262. Phone: 317.713.2565. (www.globalministries.org under "People in Mission.")

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 OTHER RESOURCES

“With the Heart and Mind of a Servant” is an 8 minute video/DVD telling the story of UCC Volunteer Ministries through the actions and reflections of those who have participated in the past and encouraging individuals and groups be part of Volunteer Ministries in the future.   View on-line at www.ucc.org/volunteer.  DVD available to order.  Call 866.822.8224 ext. 3214.

UCC Mission Trips Opportunities 2009 lists sites for opportunities in the United States for groups to participate in volunteer service.  Posted on UCC Website:  www.ucc.org/volunteer/mission-trip-opportunities.html.  Order copies from United Church of Christ Resources 800.537.3394.


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ECUMENICAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES


A Christian Ministry in the National Parks

Mission:  places individuals in U.S. national parks to lead worship and fellowship activities in the parks. 

Volunteer Position:  Participants work with park concessionaires while leading worship and Bible study in the setting of the national park.  

Contact: ACMNP - Phone: 207.865.6852 or 800.786.3450; Fax: 207. 865.6852; (www.acmnp.com)

Period:  Summer

Housing:  Live with other summer national park employees in dormitory style housing

Age:  18-30 years 


Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children's Disaster Services

Mission:  ecumenical effort that trains volunteers to provide special childcare in disaster locations.

Contact: Roy Winter; 601 Main Street; P.O. Box 188; New Windsor, MD 21776. Phone:410.635.8748 or 800.451.4407.


 Prisoner Visitation and Support

Mission:  nationwide visitation ministry to federal and military prisoners. The focus is on prisoners who do not ordinarily receive visits from family and friends, want or need supportive human contact, are in solitary confinement, or are serving long sentences.   (www.prisonervisitation.org).

Volunteer:  Trained PVS volunteer visitors offer friendship and a listening ear to help prisoners prepare to assume a useful place in society.

Contact: Eric Corson, PVS; 1501 Cherry St.; Philadelphia, PA 19102. Phone: 215.241.7117; e-mail:  pvs@afsc.org.  

Informational DVD:  available to borrow.  Call 866.822.8224 ext. 3214.


Servcorps (Farmington, CT)

Mission:  non-profit organization offering the facilitation of week-long trips for groups and long-term placements for individuals in order to promote “a culture of service.” 

For more information see website:  (www.servcorps.org).

 

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org