Partners in Service Volunteer On-line Application

Opportunities for Service
Partners in Service

Thank you for your interest in the Partners in Service program of the Volunteer Ministries Office, United Church of Christ.  Partners in Service is based on the belief that all God's people are gifted and called to offer these gifts in the service of others. Partners in Service host sites are located in diverse settings within the United States.  Volunteers ages 18 and above serve in full-time for terms of 1 month to a year or more. See Partners in Service booklet for more information on the program and possible host sites.

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Executive for Volunteer Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44115
216-736 3214
866-822-8224 ext. 3214

Who Volunteers?

Partners in Service is open to adults of all ages, skilled and unskilled, who are eager to serve, and have a willingness to learn and, at the same time, wish to gain a better understanding of themselves. Though there are minimum age requirements, there is no upper age limit. Partners in Service does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disabilities.   International volunteers are placed upon the recommendation of partners in the Ecumenical Diaconal Year Network and recognized church partners of the United Church of Christ.

Application Part I

Following submission of this part I application, you will receive by e-mail part II and forms for 3 references to complete.  If you do not have access to e-mail, please contact the UCC Volunteer Ministries Office for a printed copy of this application 216 736-3216.

Application will be considered complete when parts I, II and reference forms have been returned to:  UCC Volunteer Ministries Office, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 or completed, scanned and e-mailed to 

This application is not binding on either the applicant nor the office of UCC Volunteer Ministries.

Application Dates

Applications will be processed as they are received.  Sites with larger numbers of applicants may fill their openings for September in early spring.

UCC Young Adult Service Communities  

Application Part 1 - Due March 1, 2014
Application Part 2, Reference Forms, Etc. - Due March 15, 2015

Long-Term:  (9-12 months) Start Date:  September, 2014

Application Part 1 & 2 - Due September 30, 2014

Long-Term:  Start Date:  January, 2015  

Application Part 1 & 2 - Due September 30, 2014

Short-Term (2-8 months)     

Application Part 1 & 2 - Due 3 months prior to desired starting date. 

Short-Term Summer   

Application Part 1 & 2 - Due March 15, 2014

Some application deadlines are flexible.  To inquire about application deadlines, contact Mary S. Blaufuss, Executive for Volunteer Ministries,    

Contact Information

Length of service

Last name  
First name  
Address Line 1  
Address Line 2  
Postal Code  
Cell Phone  
This address should be one that you check frequently during the discernment and placement process.  This will be the primary means of initiating conversation.  If you change addresses during the process, please inform the UCC Volunteer Ministries office.
Date of Birth (mm/dd/year)
City of Birth
Emergency Contact Information  
Emergency Contact
Zip Code
Cell Phone
Type of Ministry Setting Requested
Specific Host Site Requests (from Partners in Service booklet)
Do you have particular experience or interest? (check all that apply)

Please note previous experience or applicable skills checked above in the boxes below

Camp and Conference Settings (previous experience or applicable skills)
Children/Youth (previous experience or applicable skills)
Adults and/or Children with Developmental Disabilities (previous experience or applicable skills)
Direct Service, Anti-Poverty Focus (previous experience or applicable skills)
Direct Service, Health Care Support (previous experience or applicable skills)
Direct Service, Rural Ministries (previous experience or applicable skills)
Disaster Recovery (previous experience or applicable skills)
Education Ministries (previous experience or applicable skills)
Justice Advocacy Focus (previous experience or applicable skills)
Living in Intentional Community (previous experience or applicable skills)
Mental Illness Ministries (previous experience or applicable skills)
Ministries with Homeless Populations (previous experience or applicable skills)
Older Adults (previous experience or applicable skills)
Prison Ministries (previous experience or applicable skills)
Other (previous experience or applicable skills)
Languages Spoken or Written
Types of Skills and Experience You Bring (Check all that apply)
Class of Drivers License
Type of Living Situation Requested (check all that are possible)
Geographic Area Requested (check all that are possible)
Dates Available for Full-Time Service
Date available to begin

Length of service
Other Dates or Lengths of Time Available
How did you Learn about United Church of Christ Partners in Service Opportunities

Part 2 PNS Application - PNS Reference form

Download, complete and e-mail to: or mail to: UCC Volunteer Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Questions? Please call 216.736.3214 or email


Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
Global Sharing Of Resources
Wider Church Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115