Program Description

The Partners in Service program helps increase the service capacity of the partner host organization and provides leadership development and the opportunity for the volunteer to use gifts and skills.

Volunteers serve in full-time placement for terms of one month to a year or more.  The Partners in Service program does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

U.S. Young Adults, Baby Boomers, & Builders

Adults of all ages participate in on-going service and advocacy ministries with partner organizations and congregations.


 Video arts Publicity

 Disaster Recovery:  Construction Site Coordinator

Hunger Education 


 General Maintenance

 Volunteer Coordination

 Providing Transportation

Financial Development

Presence Among the Vulnerable 

Alumni & Church Relations

Disaster Recovery: Volunteer Coordinator

Immigration and Border Ministries 

International Volunteers

International volunteers are placed upon the recommendation of partners in the Ecumenical Diaconal Year Network (, the Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland, Arbeitsstelle ZKL und Friewilligendienst ( and other recognized church partners of Global Ministries of the UCC/Disciples of Christ (

Full-Time Service

It is to be understood by all concerned that placement is full-time, approximately 40 hours per week, for the residential and international programs. Additional part-time employment is strongly discouraged.  Any exceptions should be decided by the parties concerned.  Schedules often vary from week to week and may include evening and weekend hours.


Premature termination is possible, when necessary, and can be initiated with the Volunteer Ministries program by the volunteer, the service site, or both.  If an unsatisfactory placement has been made, a reassignment may be pursued.

Loan Deferment In some situations, student loans may be deferred for a period of up to three years while the recipient is engaged in service.  The volunteer must contact their lending agency.  The UCC Volunteer Ministries Office can provide letters of documentation and support.