Sampling of ABHMS Volunteer Mobilization Ministries opportunities for 2018
Volunteer to help rebuild, restore, renew and bring God’s healing love to families and communities across the United States mainland and Puerto Rico
Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico: Choose your own work week, March 1 or after
Join American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico for ongoing volunteer service, as we seek to rebuild, restore and renew the hurricanes Maria- and Irma-ravaged island. Your gifts of time, energy and hands-on work are greatly appreciated in restoring Seminario Evangélico de Puerto, churches, schools, missions and ABHMS Christian center partner Corporación Milagros del Amor.
Because the need is so great, ABHMS is not limiting its volunteer-mobilization efforts to specific work weeks on the island. To register to volunteer, complete the “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” online registration packet, indicating your preferred volunteer work week, beginning March 1 or later. Then either email it to Kim Wilkins at [email protected], or print it and send it by postal mail to American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Attention: Kim Wilkins, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. Or contact ABHMS’ Victoria Goff at 800-222-3872, x2449, or Kim Wilkins at 800-222-3872, x2413.
Volunteers can create their own work groups or be placed with a group. Cost of $150 per person per week includes housing, food and supplies. Volunteers are responsible for transportation to, on and from the island. (registration packet click here; flier click here)
Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing . . . Texas:
Jan. 7-13; Jan. 14-21; Mar. 4-11; Mar. 11-18; Mar. 18-25; June 17-24; June 24-30
When Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast in late August 2017, it brought with it 130 mph winds and torrential rain. The result was flooding, power outages, downed trees and signs, major property damage, displaced residents, injuries and fatalities. Join us as we help to rebuild and assist those impacted in the area. (registration packet click here; flier click here)
Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done: July 29-Aug. 4, 2018
Thirteen years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, residents continue restoration efforts. The faith community was there as first responders. We will continue to be there for the survivors of these storms until the work is done. Come to New Orleans, as we worship, witness and work together to help those in need, as they rebuild their homes, churches, communities and lives.
Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing . . . Muskogee, Okla.: June 17-23, 2018
Murrow Indian Children’s Home is a residential home for Native American children in crisis. The oldest continuously operated institution of higher education in Oklahoma, Bacone College enjoys strong American Baptist ties. Both the home and college need volunteers to help with general construction, routine office work, grounds maintenance and landscaping.
Coming Together for New Jersey…Rebuild, Restore, Renew: July 14-21, 2018
Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey when it hit the East Coast in October 2012. Join American Baptist Home Mission Societies and American Baptist Churches of New Jersey in hands-on efforts to rebuild homes, communities and lives, while encouraging and supporting those in need and worshiping with American Baptist Churches of New Jersey congregations.
Neither construction skills nor training is required. For additional information and a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please contact Victoria Goff, ABHMS’ national coordinator, Volunteer Mobilization Ministries, at [email protected] or 1.800.ABC.3USA, x2449.