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There are endless opportunities to serve in the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Church. Locally, you can feed the hungry, tutor children after school, serve in prison ministries, provide medical care or build homes. Domestically, you can volunteer to aid in disaster relief or serve others across the world on international missions, from the Congo to Haiti to Mexico and everywhere in between. However you feel lead, we welcome you to explore the many resources available to find where your strengths are best spent serving others.

Disaster Response Opportunities
At Home in the Tennessee Conference
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Disaster Response Opportunities

Florida Conference

Florida is ready for volunteers. Trained ERTs will be placed in IRMA relief and those who are not trained will be serving with recovery for Hermine and Matthew. Click here to volunteer.  For more information regarding needs in Florida, you can go their disaster response page by clicking here.

 

Texas Conference

With over a half a million homes flooded because of Hurricane Harvey, it’s going to take a while before things are back to normal in Southeast Texas. Five of their nine church districts were decimated, with thousands of church members and pastors being displaced because of flooding. There are still hundreds and thousands of people outside the church walls that need your help with rebuilding. This is where the church gets to step up and be the hands and feet of Christ! Thank you in advance for all your hard work.

Here are the steps on how to volunteer:

  1. Put an adult work team together to volunteer by filling out the form at http://www.txcumc.org/disastervolunteerteamreg. Other questions about volunteering can be emailed to Pyppa Johnson at pypjohnson@txcumc.org
  2. Help is still needed throughout the Conference where neighborhoods are still in shambles.
  3. Make your travel plans
  4. Prepare your work team and gather the needed supplies including the following: http://www.txcumc.org/floodppe
Hurricane Matthew
Great Smoky Mountains, Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge:

Possible long-term recovery support will be needed due to the wildfires at the end of 2016. Immediate needs have been met. Contact Jim Fetzer, Disaster Response Coordinator at the Holston Conference-UMC at 865-675-3331 or jfa@tds.net.

North Carolina Conference

Flooding and Fires
A few months ago, over half of North Carolina was in a state of emergency due to flooding and fires. There were 28 deaths and thousands of homes were destroyed. Over 2,500 families required housing provided by FEMA.

Volunteers are needed to continue clearing debris and to start rebuilding this spring and summer. The NC Conference Disaster will be to house groups and families in Volunteer Centers with bathrooms and kitchens. Teenagers as young as 16 can assist (younger if a parent is with them).  Also, hookups are available at multiple sites for volunteers who prefer to stay in their campers overnight.

Teams interested in helping in NC can get more information here. There is no need to bring building supplies, but funds to cover home repair teams are appreciated. About $20 per day/per person is needed to cover basic costs for each team.

 

Hurricane Matthew
The North Carolina Conference needs volunteers to help rebuild homes across much of eastern North Carolina. ERT’s continue to muck out flooded homes while repair teams begin to do repairs with four Disaster Recovery Centers in Lumberton, Fayetteville, Tarboro, and Windsor, volunteers are welcome whenever they are available. There is no project cost and volunteer housing is free; however, teams are asked to provide their own meals. Each center has volunteer housing equipped with sleeping quarters, showers and kitchens. The centers have site and construction coordinators to oversee work and make certain that building materials are on site as required.

To schedule a team, please contact the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at disasterresponse@nccumc.org, or 1-888-440-9167 and visit the Conference website for additional information about Hurricane Matthew Recovery.

The Conference is also looking for two Construction Coordinators, one in Fayetteville and one in Lumberton. For more information about the position and how to apply please click here.

Southeast Arkansas

Southeast Arkansas is seeking teams to help with repairs needed as a result of the March 2016 floods. The damage incurred is a result of the same storms that devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana. Organization of Long Term Recovery was delayed for various reasons but is now in place and operational. Projects are identified and funding secured but volunteer help is little to none. When considering mission opportunities, please consider our neighbors in Southeast Arkansas. Several priority cases are waiting. To volunteer contact Ron Jones, Site Volunteer Coordinator, at woodrat3@live.com or Janice Mann, Disaster Response Coordinator, at disaster@arumc.org.

South Georgia Conference

The 15 months since the flood of October 2015 have been busy in the South Carolina Conference with Early Response and Repair and Recovery volunteer teams. More volunteer teams and individuals are needed and are essential as we move into 2017.

Hurricane Matthew impacted many of the same towns and communities, and some areas have been damaged for the first time. Together, with the help of volunteers, the Conference will continue to minister in all of the Districts that were damaged by both the flood of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

For more information on the recovery please click here

The Bahamas

The Methodist community in the Bahamas has suffered damage to several of their churches, and a major setback to the completion of the renovation work at St. Paul’s Methodist College. The Bishop of the Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Conference has requested assistance from UMVIM teams across the UMC connection. For more information, please contact the UMVIM offices at sejinfo@umvim.org or 205-453-9480.

Mississippi Conference

4,000 homes were affected by flooding in March 2016. Many areas are in need of construction volunteers. The Mississippi Conference has active recovery groups in Clarksdale, Greenville, Cleveland, Indianola, Hattiesburg, and Columbia, covering a region spanning from the north Mississippi Delta to the southern region of the state. The August 2016 flooding affecting Baton Rouge impacted 100 homes in three small communities in southwest Mississippi’s Wilkinson County.

To volunteer or inquire, please contact:

-Charles Estes for Clarksdale: 662-902-7335
-Rev. Justin White for Greenville: 601-573-4297
-Anna Mitchell for Indianola: 662-401-1463
-Dr. Lee Peltan for Cleveland: 440-773-6321 or drpeltan@aol.com
-Shep Crawford for Wilkinson County: 601-888-3102

For more information, please contact Rev. David Newton at 228-216-6567 or umvim@mississippi-umc.org.

Virginia Conference

The Virginia Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry remains hard at work in areas hit by the February 2016 tornado outbreak and the October 2016 flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Conference had a tremendous response from short-term mission teams from June-November, and they have an urgent need for teams throughout 2017.

Housing with excellent kitchen facilities is available in each location. There is no charge for teams to serve; teams are only responsible for the cost of the their food and transportation, though financial contributions from teams with available resources are welcome.

If you would like to know more about specific needs and ways you may serve, contact Forrest White, Long Term Recovery Manager and UMVIM Coordinator for the Virginia Conference, at VirginiaUMVIM@gmail.com.

South Carolina Conference-Expires September 2019

In October 2015 South Carolina experienced unprecedented flooding. Approximately a year later Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina and brought heavy rains and howling wind with it. Some of the same areas that were affected by the flood were hit again by Hurricane Matthew; over 20 counties in South Carolina were affected in some way. People from across the country have been instrumental in recovery by volunteering through South Carolina United Methodist Disaster Recovery.

To volunteer, contact Nikki Ulmer at nulmer@umcsc.org or 803-726-3105.

To learn more about the past year of South Carolina’s recovery efforts, check out this article in The Advocate. To read about the amazing work being done in South Carolina by volunteers click here.


As disasters occur, volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact the TN Conference office at 615-329-1177 to learn about current opportunities to serve.


At Home in the Tennessee Conference

BETHLEHEM CENTERS OF NASHVILLE

Bethlehem Centers of NashvilleBethlehem Centers of Nashville promotes self-reliance and positive life choices for children, teens, adults and families in Middle Tennessee by delivering and advocating for quality programs and services, especially with the poor and marginalized.

Contact: Steve Fleming
sfleming@bethlehemcenters.org

1417 Charlotte Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37203

CHRIST UMC PRISON MINISTRY

Christ UMC Prison MinistryThe Starfish project shares the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with those in and being released from prison.  It provides a faith-based relationship addressing physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs.  Services include: one-on-one mentoring, a pen-pal program, Bible study, worship service experiences, parole preparation and restoration back into the community.

Contact: Rev. Matthew Kelley
matt@christum.net

508 Franklin Road,
Franklin, TN 37069

CIRCLE OF GRACE UM MINISTRIES

Inspired by the ministry of Grace Place at the women’s prison in Memphis, this ministry was started by two women who felt there should be a United Methodist presence at the Tennessee Prison for Women. The ministry has grown to four worship services a month and a weekly Bible Study. We create relationships and share God’s love with a hurting group of women who have and continue to suffer much.

Contact: Lisa Gwock
lgwock@westendumc.org

2200 West End Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37206

COMMUNITY CARE FELLOWSHIP

CCFThe mission of Community Care Fellowship is to serve as a Christian presence among poor and homeless people, and to relieve their suffering by providing a specified range of services including: personal hygiene, nutrition, education, socialization, personal counseling, advocacy and spiritual nurture.

Contact: Bob Coleman
Bob@ccfnashville.org

511 South 8th St.,
Nashville, TN 37206

COMPASSION AND HOPE MINISTRY

The Compassion and Hope Ministry health program has two areas: health & wellness training and health clinics focused on education and prevention. The goal is to find leaders within our churches, prepare them, connect them with communities and then send them out to serve people living in poverty, pain, marginalized and without access to health care. If we discover a disease that needs treatment, the person is referred to doctors, clinics and hospitals.

Contact: Rev. Janet Martinez
janet.martinez@tnumc.com

100 Braun Street,
Crossville, TN 38555

EBENEZER HISPANIC MINISTRY

The mission of the Ebenezer Hispanic Ministry is to be a vibrant community of faith that loves God with all their hearts and transmits that love to every person. Ebenezer achieves this through promoting strong family structure, support of youth development and addressing loneliness and immigration issues.

Contact: Myriam Cortes
umcebenezer@gmail.com

6018 New York Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37209

EDGEHILL UMC BRIGHTER DAYS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Brighter Days reaches out to the children in the Nashville community of Edgehill by helping them with their studies, forming positive relationships with children and families and providing daily structured activities.

Contact: Nancy Crutcher
nancy@edgehill.org

1502 Edgehill Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37212

FEED AMERICA FIRST

Feed America FirstThis ministry collects donated food, including perishable items, and distributes the food mainly through rural feeding ministries across many counties in middle Tennessee. Several districts and local Methodist churches support and/or benefit from this hunger ministry.

Contact: Lidia Graham
lidiagraham@feedamericafirst.com

1715 S. Rutherford Blvd. Suite K #257,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

GALLATIN CARES

Gallatin Cares2Gallatin CARES is a missional congregation that serves those in need within the Gallatin community, seeking to provide spiritual, physical, nutritional and emotional assistance to the homeless, disabled, chronically unemployed and the general community.

Contact: Dave Murray
davemurray1945@gmail.com

241 West Eastland St.
Gallatin, TN 37066

GALLATIN SHALOM ZONE

Shalom ZoneShalom Zone’s mission is to empower and enrich the lives of individuals and families in the diverse community by providing meaningful assistance and quality programs. This ministry was born out of local United Methodist congregations in Gallatin as a part of the General Board of Global Ministries Shalom Initiative.

Contact: PJ Davis
PJD@gallatinshalomzone.net

600 Small Street Suite 107,
Gallatin, TN 37066

INTERFAITH DENTAL CLINIC

Interfaith Dental ClinicInterfaith Dental brings people from all faiths together in a healing ministry to give Middle Tennessee’s working poor and elderly an option for quality, affordable and comprehensive dental care.

Contact: Jeff McCormick
jeff@interfaithdentalclinic.com

1721 Patterson Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

JOELTON HOPE CENTER

Joelton Hope Center“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” brings together Methodist churches with other community partners to bring hope and help to the greater Joelton area through providing opportunities for persons in need to obtain clothing, household necessities and food.

Contact: Denise Martin
joeltonhopecenter@comcast.net

212 Gifford Place,
Joelton, TN 37080

MINISTRY IN POCKETS

During the school year, this program provides a safe and nurturing place for students during some of the most dangerous hours of the day in the neighborhood. Through a variety of activities, children receive help with academic skills and are fed spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Contact: Marie King
office@61stumc.org

6018 New York Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

MIRIAM’S PROMISE

Miriam's PromiseMiriam’s Promise is a full-service non-profit agency serving families and children in Middle Tennessee, promoting healing and emotional health by providing pregnancy counseling, mentoring, child and family counseling and adoption services.

Contact: Debbie Robinson
drobinson@miriamspromise.org

522 Russell Street,
Nashville, TN 37206

MOUNTAIN T.O.P. – YOUTH & ADULTS IN MISSION

Mountain TOPMountain T.O.P. is an interdenominational service mission experience in which the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the Middle Tennessee Cumberland Mountain families are met. Major home repair helps address substandard housing issues.  www.mountain-top.org

Summer 2018 Dates:

  • Week 1: June 10th – 16th (Service Project (SP)/Day Camp (DC))
  • Week 2: June 17th – 23rd (SP/DC and Safe Sanctuary)
  • Week 3: June 24th – 30th (SP/DC)
  • Week 5: July 8th -14th (SP/DC)
  • Week 6: July 15th – 21st (SP/DC)
  • Week 7: July 22nd – 28th (SP/DC)

Costs: $395/person

Price breaks:

  • Clergy and (1) Youth Director – Free
  • Former Summer Staff – $350/person
  • First time your church has been back in 4 years – $350/person
  • First time church – $350/person
Summer 2018 Dates:
  • AIM Weekend 1: June 14th – 17th, MHR
  • AIM Week 1: June 24th – June 30th, MHR & Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope
  • AIM Week 2: July 8th – 14th, MHR & Quest
  • AIM Weekend 2: July 26th – 29th, MHR

Fall 2018 Dates:

  • AIM Weekend 1: September 27th – 30th
  • AIM Weekend 2: October 4th – 7th
  • AIM Weekend 3: October 11th – 14th
  • AIM Weekend 4: October 18th – 21st
  • AIM Weekend 5: October 25th – 28th, Fall Festival Oct. 27th

Costs:

  • $395 AIM Weeks 1, 2, and 3
  • $225 AIM Weekend

Family
2018 Dates:

  • April 6th – 8th
  • April 13th – 15th
  • July 19th – 22nd

Friends Weekend: February 28th – March 4th

Spring BreakOut: February – April

Baker Work Weekend: May 2nd – 5th

Fish Camp/NHN: July 3rd – 7th

Cost:

Spring

  • $55 – 12 & under
  • $65 – 13 & older
  • $225 maximum per family

Summer 

  • $60 – 12 & under
  • $70 – 13 & older
  • $260 maximum per family

Final Family Fee due May 12th

Contact: Alex Lister

Office: (931) 692-3999

OPEN TABLE NASHVILLE

Open Table Nashville 2Open Table Nashville is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness. OTN’s focus is on relationships and addressing the specific needs of those they serve, including housing, rent, utility assistance, counseling, job training, transportation, emergency shelter, clothing and community awareness.

Contact: Ingrid McIntyre
Ingrid@opentablenashville.org

210 Morton Ave,
Nashville, TN 37211

PROJECT TRANSFORMATION

Project TransformationThe mission of Project Transformation Tennessee is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry exploration by building life-impacting relationships, serving under-served children and families, and connecting churches to under-served communities.

Contact: Courtney Aldrich
Aldrich@pttennessee.org

522 Russell Street,
Nashville, TN 37206

TN JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS

JFONThis UMCOR-modeled program reaches out to immigrants and refugees through high-quality, free and low cost immigration legal services and a program of education and advocacy. Local churches host monthly legal clinics where persons experience a warm welcome and hospitality as church members show faith in Christ and love of neighbor.

Contact: Wade Munday
wade@tnjfon.org

2195 Nolensville Pike,
Nashville, TN 37211

TN CONFERENCE CAMP AND RETREAT MINISTRIES

kids_bgThe Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries operates two facilities.  Beersheba Springs Assembly hosts groups for conferences, retreats, seminars and events that are church related or for non-profit groups and families.    Cedar Crest Camp offers a full summer program of camp for elementary and younger youth as well as host retreats.  Volunteer opportunities are available at both.  Nomads are always welcome.

Beersheba Springs
Contact: Dickie Hinton, Beersheba Springs
tnumcamps@tnumc.org

P.O. Box 577,
Beersheba Springs, TN 37305

Cedar Crest Camp
Contact: Russell Casteel, Cedar Crest Camp
Russell.casteel@tnumc.com

7900 Cedar Crest Camp Road,
Lyles, TN 37098

URBAN MINISTRIES

Clarksville Urban MinistriesUrban Ministries provides services to families within the Clarksville District who face poverty, hunger, homelessness and violence. They have programs that provide a variety of ministries to families in crisis: food, shelter, utilities, prescription medications, transportation and other needs.

Contact: Beverly Dycus
beverlydycus@urbanministries.us

217 South Third Street,
Clarksville, TN 37041


U.S. Short-Term Opportunities

Central Texas Annual Conference

Are you looking for a one day mission trip? Or, maybe you want to stay as long as a week! We have two opportunities for you in the Central Texas Conference:

  1. We are looking for groups from high school age (with adult supervision) to adults. We have 36 homes in total that are in need of work in Hood County (Granbury, TX). The work varies from putting in sheetrock and insulation to laying flooring, painting and more. If you don’t know how you can have on the job training. We are looking for groups of three or more to work. If you are interested in helping please contact our Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager Katheryn Meroney through the email and give her your contact information and choice of dates to work.  From there she will send you forms to fill out for skill sets, and medical and liability release.  The construction person will be in contact with you about types of work. If you know of groups who wish to stay overnight to work, accommodations will be made for this also.
  2. Corsicana has 76 homes to be worked on with the same type of work and they will be ready for teams starting March 1, 2017. Please contact Agustin Soto at floodrelief.navrroco@gmail.com. Both locations have the local Methodist church to stay in with showers and a kitchen for your accommodations.  All of that will be arranged through your volunteer coordinator.

International Short-Term Opportunities

Nicaragua

June 20-28 and November 4-12, 2017. The Ohio River Valley District of the West Ohio Conference of the UMC will be leading two teams to Fundacion El Samaritano, a project of the Nicaragua Methodist Church. This project is located in Managua, Nicaragua, and there will be light construction projects, working with the school students, and hospital visits to the youth. Both of these teams are open to youth as well as adults. The cost of the trip is approximately $1,500. For more information, please contact Jack Reif at jack.reif@zoomtown.com.

Tennessee Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

As UMVIM assist in coordinating needs within the Tennessee Conference and beyond, opportunities are available for you to serve.  Please contact Sarah Matthews to learn of those opportunities.

Contact: Sarah Matthews
sarah.matthews@tnumc.com

304 South Perimeter Park Drive,
Nashville, TN 37211