Partners in Service
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
866.822.8224 ext. 3214 or ext. 3216
Partners in Service Program Description
Three-Way Partnership Agreement
Application Procedure & Deadlines
Index of Service Sites by State
Index of Service Sites by Ministry
Alphabetical Listing of Service Sites
Covenant & Commissioning Service
Service Site Listing (By State)
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Index of Service Sites (Alphabetical)
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Executive for Volunteer Ministries
Toll-Free: 866.822.8224, ext. 3214
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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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“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)
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: firstname.lastname@example.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).