ABHMS seeks volunteers for various summer volunteer mission opportunities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/15/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks volunteers for a variety of summer mission opportunities that will transform lives and bolster communities across the United States.

Volunteers continue to make a difference in the lives of residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Slated for July 31-Aug. 6, this year’s “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” effort will again include painting, laying sheet rock, cutting grass and tending community gardens. Neither construction skills nor training is required. Unskilled volunteers will be supervised by skilled workers. Individuals and groups are welcome; youth are encouraged to participate. Volunteers are responsible for round-trip transportation costs. Fee of $225 includes housing, food and registration. Scholarships are available.

New Jersey
Co-sponsored by American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, the Hurricane Sandy response effort “Coming Together for New Jersey…Rebuild, Renew and Restore” will take place July 9-16. This effort includes hands-on building and the opportunity to encourage those in need. Neither construction skills nor training is required. The $250 cost includes housing and food; volunteers are responsible for transportation. Scholarships are available.

Murrow Indian Children’s Home, a residential home in Muskogee for orphaned Native American children, needs volunteers to help with general construction, routine office work, grounds maintenance and landscaping. Volunteer opportunities are ongoing.

West Virginia
College groups and youth at least age 17 (age 16 with parent’s signature) are encouraged to participate in the Alderson Ministerial Association’s summer work teams that do carpentry and repair work in the homes of low-income, disabled and senior families. Work weeks begin on Monday mornings and end on Friday afternoons, June 18-Aug. 6. Cost begins at $275 per person for the week and includes a room at a community center with showers and kitchen facilities; three meals daily; and materials for use at the work site.

 For additional information and to register for volunteer mission opportunities, visit www.abhms.org > Ministries > Mobilizing Volunteers, or contact Victoria Goff, ABHMS national coordinator, Volunteer Mobilization Ministries, at victoria.goff@abhms.org, 800-222-3872, x2449, or 610-768-2449.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on leadership, discipleship and healing communities.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.