United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

Who We Are:

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within the United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense. We typically serve in teams, often organized around one of our local churches.  We are young, we are old and we are everything in between. 

What We Do:

We serve locally, nationally, and internationally in a variety of projects that include teaching, construction, evangelism and medical treatment.  We have specialized teams that respond in the aftermath of disaster to provide a caring presence in a time of great need as well as those who continue to assist in rebuilding long after the disaster itself has past.

How to Join Us:

If you have served outside the walls of a church, you already have!  But there’s much more to do.  On these pages, you’ll find ideas for being in mission, how to become a Team Leader, how to share your mission story, how to become a disaster response volunteer and more.  Follow your call and join us!


NOV 13, 2017 - UPDATE!

We, combined with our sister conference to the north, have sent two Early Response Teams to east Texas; the first team has just returned from a 7 day deployment in Sinton, Tx; the second team is on the ground now.  Our response is only limited by funds and volunteer availability; we need more of both!  The next training opportunity is December 9 in Bend, OR.   Contact Becky Platt  or Larry Johnson for details on funding and volunteer needs.

Sept 13, 2017 - When the worst happens, United Methodist Volunteers and the United Methodist Committee on Relief are there and we are 'there' for the survivors of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  And as United Methodist Volunteers and the United Methodist Committee on Relief we will be there until the recovery is complete.  As the Oregon-Idaho Conference and in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Conference, we are working on a response plan that makes appropriate, effective and safe use of our resources, financial, material and human. At this time, we are not deploying ERT teams into either disaster zone; we hope to do this within the next 6 to 8 weeks.  We will be providing, shortly, opportunities for individual, trained ERTs to respond as part of other teams from other conferences. 

In the meantime, please consider training (see this page) so that you can join an ERT team in these early days after a disaster.  Please also consider monetary donations to assist our ERTs when they are able to deploy (send donations to the conference treasurer, marked for "ERT Support").

As rebuild team opportunities become available, we'll post them here.  It will be some months before either Texas or Florida will be ready but the time will come.


Current VIM Teams:

Kenya 2018: July 5-23; Contact Jim Monroe and Sue Owen for more information.

Okanogan 2018: August 25-September 1; Contact Berit Larson, Ashland First UMC, for more information.

Contact Us:

Conference UMVIM Coordinator:  Louise Kienzle

Conference ERT Coordinator:  Becky Platt at beckyplatt1@peoplepc.com

Conference Missions Coordinator:  Jim Frisbie at jamesfrisbie@comcast.net .


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