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Volunteers in Mission

VIM women work project


Contact Jody Pratt
Volunteers in Mission Coordinator
[email protected]

Jody Pratt

Your next trip begins here

Please contact Jody Pratt, VIM, Volunteers in Michigan Coordinator, [email protected].

To register a VIM team and request insurance 

Please contact Tammy Kuntz,  North Central Jurisdiction Volunteer in Mission Director, 614-325-8741, [email protected]

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First-time scholarship participants are eligible for NCJ trip insurance reimbursements.

Download the scholarship criteria.

Donations are welcome for first-time international missioners ($150) 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: [email protected]

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.

Peru 2024 Healthcare Mission

Satipo, Peru
August 31 to September 10, 2024

Recruiting volunteers in the health care field and for general assistance.
Cost: $1,500 plus airfare
Max participants TBD
Deadline: Apply by March 1, 2024 or when filled (Maximum of 12 participants)
For more information or to apply, contact Jody Pratt: prattgji09gmail.com

Sturgis First UMC Adult Mission Trip 2023

Eleven adults traveled to Steubenville, OH to work with the Joshua Urban Ministries. On the weeklong trip, they replaced a privacy fence and painted a dormer on one house, painted a large wall of another house, continued the demolition of a former grocery store, participated in a large food distribution, and partially cleaned and painted the interior of a house that was firebombed. The group stayed in a former convent house that the ministry owns. It has several rooms with bunk beds and bathrooms with showers upstairs and locker-like rooms in the basement. It has an operational kitchen, dining room and sitting rooms.  This location and work seem better suited to youth mission trips however, the team was able to be in ministry in this location and was able to share the love of Christ with all they encountered.

Mission work happens in Michigan

Acme, Michigan
June 2, 2023

Packing meals forMidwest Distribution Center during 2023 Annual conference (Acme, MI). 5,000 meals were assembled in about 90 minutes by volunteers of all ages before the official start of the 2023 conference.  

Middleville UMC took nineteen people on an intergenerational work experience. Team members ages 12- 89 worked on construction projects, Feed America food distribution, and GCCP center maintenance.
Middleville UMC took nineteen people on an intergenerational work experience. Team members ages 12- 89 worked on construction projects, Feed America food distribution, and GCCP center maintenance.

Training Events & Upcoming Opportunities

To qualify for VIM first-time scholarships, a team must have at minimum, one trained adult. It is highly recommended for VIM Mission Journeys.  Michigan VIM trainer: Jody Pratt, [email protected]

Michigan Conference Early Response Basic Training (ERT)

Training for  volunteers looking to lead or work with disaster teams in the Michigan Conference or other conferences as needed.  Certification is good for three years and individuals needing recertification can take this session. 

More Training Opportunities

Volunteer Blitz

After the Storm (Detroit Disaster Service)/Early Response UMCOR Training
April 15-20th, 2024
This is a skilled & unskilled volunteer blitz (volunteers will not need ERT/VIM training). Open to anyone 18 years or older. You do not have to be a United Methodist.

Details/Schedule your time to serve
Location: Cass Community UMC
*Lodging/training site/volunteer work with After the Storm
Trainers: Jody Pratt/Bob Freysinger

  • April 15: - 3:00pm ERT Class /Dinner at Cass Community UMC 3901 Cass Ave
  • April 16 - Breakfast at Cass Community. Volunteer work with After the Storm. Lunch on site. 3:00-9:00 pm Training/Dinner Cass Community UMC
  • April 17 - Breakfast at Cass Community. Morning volunteer work. Noon departure.

Cost: $50. Includes food, lodging and materials.
Registration/Information: Contact Jody Pratt, MI VIM/ERT at [email protected] 

DEADLINE : April 1, 2024. Minimum 10 -Max 20 participants.
*Michigan Conference trainers will work with districts and churches if they wish to schedule ERT or VIM Trainings. Minimum 10 - Max of 20 participants required.

Visit the After the Storm website for more information at https://afterthestormmi.org/
Details/Schedule your time to serve: 
Watch for more details soon!
Contact Cheryl Tipton with questions at [email protected]

Volunteer in Mission Team Leader/Team Training

Volunteers looking to lead or work with a team for a domestic or international experience are encouraged to attend for certification. Michigan lnternational teams are eligible scholarships for first time mission journey participants who complete the training. 
Trainer: Jody Pratt, [email protected]
Detroit ERT Leader Training 2023 with After the Storm trainer Bob Freysinger.
Detroit ERT Leader Training 2023 with After the Storm trainer Bob Freysinger.

*Watch for new Fall 2024 dates to be announced soon!

Looking for a Michigan Mission? 
Sites currently open for volunteers:

  • Cass Community (inner-city Detroit)
    Contact Sue Pethoud, [email protected]
  • Motown Mission (inner-city Detroit)
    Motown is reorganizing- please contact director email for information: Carl Gladstone, [email protected]  
  • GCCP/Newberry (rural-poverty Newberry)
    Contact Randy Hildebrant, [email protected]
  • East Winds UMC District Mission work
    East Winds Coordinator of Applied Missions, Rev Carol Blair Blouse [email protected]

Learn about the historic 2021 Detroit flood

The 100 Year Flood documentary follows a West Ohio ERT team into Detroit to see the flood damage and its impact on aging infrastructure. A 4-session Bible study accompanies the documentary and asks, Will people change the ways they live to reduce the likelihood of events like this for their neighbors in Detroit and around the world? 

Last Updated on February 9, 2024

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