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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,

To register a VIM team and request insurance 

Please contact Tammy Kuntz,  North Central Jurisdiction Volunteer in Mission Director,


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:

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.

Training Events

Volunteer in Mission Training – Clarkston UMC

The Volunteer in Mission Training looks at the preparation before, time spent on site, and reflection after the team returns as well as paperwork, registrations, and insurance requirements for travel.  Teams or individuals looking at domestic or international mission work should consider this training to prepare their team for the mission journey.  Training is required for VIM Scholarships and recommended for VIM team leaders (Foreign and Domestic) 

Where: Clarkston UMC, 6600 Waldon Rd., MI 48346
When: SaturdayMarch 28, 2020; 8:30AM Registration & Coffee, Class 9AM to 4PM
Cost: $25 fee covers materials/lunch
** Pay at the door or send to Jody Pratt, 2984 5th St., Shelbyville, MI 49344. Checks made payable to Michigan Conference VIM.

Register with Jody Pratt via email:  Please specify flash drive or print manual when registering. 
Deadline March 13 , 2020

**If you have not taken a VIM Leader Training in the last five years please consider taking the course as a refresher.

Upcoming Opportunities

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.

Habitat for Humanity

Blue Water Habitat for Humanity
Year round availability at low cost
Port Huron, MI

Sixteen and older preferred
Housing and meals are available through the volunteer coordinator, Michelle Krantz:
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

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.
Linda Hall Director:
Pastor Tim Dibble:   


Guatemala Teams

Friendship Church plans to send two teams per year, most likely Spring and Fall, to Camotan', Guatemala partnering with Servant Ministries ( . 

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
Friendship UMC (Comotan Guatemala)
Cost: $1,400 (includes airfare)
Leader: Jamie McNallay:
November 19-28, 2020
Friendship UMC (Comotan Guatemala)
$1,900 (includes airfare)
Leader: Cindy Fader:

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 Non Included.  To learn more, contact Jody Pratt.

Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator.


Peru 2020 Healthcare Mission
Le Merced, Peru
October 9-19,  2020
Cost: $1,400 (includes airfare)
Cntact Jody Pratt for an application:



Mission to Bolivia
June 2019
Korean UMC of Detroit

The team traveled to Santa Cruz and Mairane, Bolivia to share VBS programming, health care services and mission church support.
Team leader: Joseph Chu, josephskchin@

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