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VIM Volunteers in Michigan

Myron working on roof in Puerto Rico.
Jody Pratt

Your next trip begins here

Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, prattgji09@gmail.com.

To register a VIM team and request insurance 

Please contact Tammy Kuntz,  North Central Jurisdiction Volunteer in Mission Director, umvimncj.coor@gmail.com.
 

Scholarships

First-time volunteers for international mission trips are eligible for support of your trip.

Download the scholarship criteria.

Donations are welcome for first-time international missioners ($100) and clergy grants ($500).
 
Please send to:
MI Volunteers Scholarship/Grant Fund
Line #4413 MI VIM
Attn: Rich Pittenger
1161 Clark Rd., Suite 212
DeWitt, MI 48820

Information: Jody Pratt, MI VIM: prattgji09@gmail.com

Training Events & Upcoming Opportunities

*** This event has been CANCELED. Check back soon for new date and time. ***
Basic Emergency Response Training
will take place October 24, 2020 at Cornerstone UMC in Caledonia. ERT Training is for volunteers looking to organize/lead/participate in a team for disaster response/recovery efforts. Registration begins at 8:30am, training 9-5. Cost of $35 includes materials and lunch.
Register by Oct 16 to Jody Pratt: prattgji09@gmail.com. No walk-ins will be accepted to ensure social distancing.

Seeking a way to serve

Volunteers in Michigan serve under the North Central Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission programs.  VIM pairs mission opportunities that match your skills and mission needs with the right training to make your ministry a success.  VIM offers both short term local mission opportunities and international projects.

Getting started

VIM works with both individuals and church groups, both experienced teams and those just getting started.  We launch teams that focus on everything from relationship building to construction, even medical and wellness.   VIM services all ages and all levels of experience. Your first call is to our Volunteer Coordinator who can guide you to the appropriate training and trips. This is critical to the safety and success of every team. VIM works with federal agencies and insurance providers to secure national and international healthcare and emergencies.

Michigan Conference Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Team 2022

Saturday, January 15 - Saturday, January 22, 2022

*Rescheduled from 2021*
Rehace/Puerto Rico relief construction will be opening to U.S. teams on January 15, 2022. The Michigan Conference is scheduled to be one of the first teams to work on light construction projects as determined by Rehace. Teams are limited to 8 people. A waiting list will be kept in the event more members are allowed.

As of June 1, 2021, individuals must be vaccinated to enter Puerto Rico. The team will be updated if changes to these rules occur. Rehace is currently allowing only one team per location.

Team leaders: Terry Minton and Jody Pratt
Cost: $1,300 includes airfare, food, lodging, internal travel, and insurance
Deposit: $100 due with application (refunded if trip is cancelled)
Deadline: Application and deposit are due by September 1, 2021

Request an application by contacting Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com

Blue Water Habitat for Humanity

Port Huron, MI

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity offers year-round availability at a low cost. Volunteers ages sixteen and older are preferred. Housing and meals are available through the volunteer coordinator, Michelle Krantz: volunteer@bwhabitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Guatemala Teams

Friendship Church plans to send two teams per year, most likely Spring and Fall, to Camotan', Guatemala partnering with Servant Ministries (https://www.servantministries.net/) . 

Servant Ministries  primarily serves marginalized indigenous Mayan people groups in rural Guatemala. The focus of Servant Ministry is: church planting and evangelism, medical care, nutritional assistance through child sponsorship, and educational support to elementary schools through school supplies.
 
Scheduled Trips:
July 9-18, 2020 - CANCELLED
Friendship UMC (Comotan Guatemala)
Cost: $1,400 (includes airfare)
Leader: Jamie McNallay: jamiem@friendshipchurchinfo.com
 
November 19-28, 2020
Friendship UMC (Comotan Guatemala)
$1,900 (includes airfare)
Leader: Cindy Fader: cindyf@friendshipchruchinfo.com

Maria Santos Baquaix, a homemaker in Guatemala, demonstrates how easy it is for her to turn on the newly installed water spigot. ~ umcor/courtesy of ABPD

DISCOVERY 2020 Michigan/Wisconsin/Peru

For individuals 18-35 years of age. Development of leaderships skills and light construction skills in Lima Peru (Miramar UMC) and Ica. $1,100 covers food/lodging/daily travel.  International travel is not included.  To learn more, contact Jody Pratt.

Contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator at jprattgji09@gmail.com

Peru 2021 Healthcare Mission

Le Merced, Peru
October 9-19, 2021

Cost: $1,400 (includes airfare)
To apply contact Jody Pratt: prattgji09gmail.com

God's Awesome People: G.A.P.

Six week program beginning the first week of July 2020 for kids in 1st - 6th grade
West Branch, MI

A six week summer program for children in 1st through 6th grades.  Volunteers need to assist with program delivery/meals/after school care/food giveaway.  Housing & meals will take place at the local United Methodist Church.  Age 16 years and older preferred.  Teams will consist of 6-8 people.
Cost: $175.00 per week.
Contact:
Linda Hall Director: hall4thee@gmail.com
Pastor Tim Dibble: revtcd@yahoo.com