Volunteers in Mission

Volunteers Who are Called to do Mission

Volunteers in Mission (VIM) provides volunteer opportunities to express Christ's love by helping our brothers and sisters in our local community, across our nation and around the globe through disaster response activities, housing projects and rehabilitation, education, and medical assistance.

The understanding that we are called and that we are sent is at the foundation of our faith. The scriptures are full of stories of persons who responded to a call and were sent on mission for God. Jesus spent his ministry calling persons and sending them on God's mission.

Jesus summed up the Christian lifestyle in a simple formula: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength," and "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling. The New Testament instructs those who would be followers of Jesus to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, heal the sick, care for the widows, and nurture the children.

Through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, every person in the church has the opportunity to serve and to live their lives more faithfully. And when we reach out and use what God has given us in the service of others, we have life-transforming experiences.


Wisconsin VIM (National)

Wisconsin Volunteers in Mission coordinates the VIM activities within the state of Wisconsin, out-of-state, and also works with other agencies for national and international projects. These include disaster response activities, housing projects and rehabilitation, education, and medical assistance.

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Wisconsin IVIM (International)

Wisconsin International Volunteers in Mission coordinates the VIM activities throughout the world. 

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North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) UMVIM 

Since our Conference is part of the North Central Jurisdiction, we have the opportunity to participate in a number of trips sponsored by other NCJ conferences. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

VIMers work and travel in-state, throughout the United States, and internationally, to work at United Methodist camps, churches, and homes that have been neglected by poverty, or suffered flood-hurricane-tornado-storm damages. VIM work camps vary from a few days to as long as two weeks.

Skills needed vary. Both skilled and unskilled, but willing to learn VIMers, are welcome. The range of work teams at a given location usually include a cooking team, paint crews, construction crews, electrical experts, plumbers, team leaders, and many other helpers.

These volunteer opportunities are short term trips, usually one to two weeks in length.

Volunteers travel in-state often by private car; we travel nationally often in groups of 40-50 by bus, or smaller groups travel by van; and some travel by personal camper when our destination has the facilities for them to do so.

Many of the VIM trips are open to youth and adults.

Each trip has a registration fee. Usually a small fee is donated toward materials, and the remainder of the fee includes basic expenses for food, transportation, and miscellaneous administration costs as they are encountered. You might need extra spending money for outings. Scholarships are often available.

Early Response

Volunteers in Mission coordinates with several other organizations specializing in disaster relief. VIM's resources and volunteers are regularly dispatched when disaster strikes.

Contact Information: 

Wes Hurlbert - 608-792-0852

Related resources
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
United Methodist Committee on Relief