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The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee (UMVIM) introduces a new, innovative program called Building Connections. This program will connect experienced volunteers with churches in need of repairs.
For example, a small church in Southwest Iowa with an aging congregation and an average worship attendance of eighteen desperately needs renovation. The outside of the building needs to be repainted, the carpet replaced, the kitchen remodeled, the sanctuary wallpaper removed, and the walls repaired and repainted. In addition, there are several other construction issues needing to be addressed. Although some funds are available to complete the projects, they don’t have volunteers to keep the building from further deterioration. Consequently, the workload is a burden a couple of individuals, and they can’t keep up.
If your church needs volunteers for a work project, please download and fill out the Application for Local Church Work Project Assistance. To volunteer, download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form. Please email both forms to Rev. Phil Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Building Connections team will create a catalog of church projects from which volunteers may choose to participate. In mid-spring 2023, churches and volunteers will begin connecting and planning the logistics of addressing projects.
This scripture is the mantra of “Building Connections.”
For more information about UMVIM, go to www.iaumc.org/volunteersinmission.