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February 14, 2023

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Makes Connections, Builds Relationships, and Ministers to People in Need

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is an outreach program of the Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  UMVIM volunteers serve within our Mountain Sky Conference, across the United States and internationally.  UMVIM is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel for volunteer service, and an opportunity to express “Christian Love in Action.”  You can connect with UMVIM resources and potential projects through for Western Jurisdiction connections, or for additional General Church info.

Teams can be all shapes and sizes:  young people, adults, retirees, folks with medical or construction backgrounds, or just good-hearted, faithful volunteers.  There is a project for every group wanting to serve.  If you need help connecting your group to a project, insurance, or other resources, contact Pastor Jean Schwien, MSC UMVIM Coordinator.

Mountain Sky Project Sites


Rev. Calvin and Sheri Hill
We currently have two active UMVIM sites in the Mountain Sky Conference.  BUMP Ranch in Montana invites teams to serve the people of the Blackfeet Nation, while also learning from this rich culture.  Under the leadership of Rev. Calvin and Sherrie Hill, teams work on projects on homes and parish properties, and build relationships that can last for many years.  Check out their website for more information.
Buckhorn United Methodist Camp
Buckhorn United Methodist Camp west of Ft. Collins, CO, also regularly welcomes UMVIM volunteers.  UMVIM teams helped rebuild and repair the camp’s facilities following a devastating wildfire in 2012, and teams continue to help maintain camp facilities and/or interact with groups utilizing the camp.  Contact

Got an RV? Be a NOMAD!

NOMADS Mission Volunteers

Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service – NOMADS provide volunteer labor for Methodist organizations. NOMADS demonstrate God’s love through our work and by listening to the people with whom we work. We do new construction, remodeling, and repairs for churches, children’s homes, camps, colleges, outreach missions and disaster rebuilding. Team members do maintenance, cleaning, painting, electrical, drywall, sewing, flooring. With God’s help, NOMADS pretty much do it all. NOMADS assist United Methodist churches, children’s homes, colleges, camps, and work with outreach ministries and disaster recovery projects across the United States.  

Some people remember the NOMADS acronym as Nice Older Methodists Avoiding Deep Snow. Since we travel in RVs, we do follow the sun.  Starting in January we offer projects across the southern states.   As the year progresses and the weather gets warmer, projects gradually are offered farther north.  For more information:

ERTs (Early Response Teams)

ERTs (Early Response Teams) are a specialized form of UMVIM. They respond quickly to areas where natural disasters have occurred. These team members require special training to participate. Contact Jim Robison-Cox for more information at

We Are Actively Recruiting Additional UMVIM Project Sites Throughout the MSC

If your church or organization has on-going projects that could benefit from the efforts of UMVIM teams, please contact our MSC UMVIM Coordinator for information on how to become a host site.  UMVIM can provide your on-going ministry with enhanced publicity through UMVIM channels, guidance on setting up a site to welcome short-term volunteer teams, insurance for members of UMVIM teams.  Your site can become available to MSC teams, and teams from other parts of the U.S.  It’s a big win-win for your site and potential volunteers!