Opportunities to Serve

Updated September 2013

Upcoming Opportunities

There are several short-term mission opportunities in the coming weeks for Volunteers in Mission. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is a program through the global church to help organize teams of short-term missioners with areas of need. The Outreach Purpose Area and your VIM coordinators are building a broad-based short-term mission program with opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and globally that will cover time periods of 1-14 days. Here are four upcoming opportunities.

  • Oct 13-18, 2013 (6 days, Sunday-Friday)
    Henderson Settlement,
    Frakes, KY (UM-GBGM Advance #773365)
    Henderson Settlement provides basic needs for an isolated area of Appalachia in Bell County, Kentucky. This will be the third year for an FUMC team to go to Henderson. Our projects have included sorting and stocking in the thrift store, window replacement, siding, door installation, drywall hanging and finishing, waterproofing and mold mitigation. FUMC supports a long-term missionary at Henderson (Vicki Stephenson). Click here for more information.
  • Fall 2013-Winter 2014 (one day TBD)
    Mission Central depot,
    Mechanicsburg, PA (UMCOR Relief-Supply Network)
    Mission Central is the mission warehouse affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church… and they are close to us. While not a UMCOR facility, Mission Central coordinates with UMCOR to respond to natural and man-made disasters with relief supplies, humanitarian goods and logistical services. The kits we assembled in response to the Haiti earthquake were delivered to Mission Central. We will assemble kits, unpack and sort donations
  • Oct 26-Nov 3, 2013 (8 days Saturday-Saturday)
    Hurricane Sandy relief work,
    Crisfield, MD (UMCOR coordinated with Catonsville UMC near Baltimore)
    The project will likely include demolition and reconstruction of hurricane damaged homes.  Limited space available
  • Oct-Nov 2014 (about 10-14 days)
    Mision Fronteres,
    Copacabana, Bolivia (UM-GBGM Advance #3021288)
    In coordination with the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, this team will work on construction projects, agricultural development, ESL and other culturally appropriate and need-based projects. We will share the vision for these mission trips, how they fit in the vision of missionary service in this church and how you can be a part of this ministry. Together we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in helping others, all the while showing the face of Christ to those that most need to see it.

Contact VIM coordinators, Marty Draper and Betsy Draper to get more information and the contacts for each project.

Ongoing Opportunities

  • BACKPACK MEALS
  • Meal bags for children in need who attend Fairfax Villa Elementary.

  • ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) CLASSES
  • Mon and Wed evenings during the school year: registration, teaching, child care/mentoring, snacks.

  • FACETS  (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services)
  • Twice monthly Hot Meals preparation and delivery; other programs

  • FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)
  • Being on call to field requests for assistance; holiday family sponsorship.

  • FOOD PANTRY AND OUR DAILY BREAD
  • Quarterly food bagging (Sat) and delivery (Sun).

  • HYPOTHERMIA SHELTER
  • Nightly shelter at FUMC for one week – recreation, fellowship, meals.

  • MITTEN TREE
  • Collection of new gloves, hats, scarves for men, women, and children during Advent.

  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
  • Collection of gift-filled shoeboxes in November for Christmas delivery around the world.

  • SCOUTING
  • FUMC hosts several scout troops

  • YOUTH MISSIONS
  • One-week service-oriented mission trips each summer for youth; Adult volunteers needed, too!

    • JEREMIAH PROJECT (ROMNEY, WV)  – Junior High
    • CENTER FOR STUDENT MISSIONS (BOSTON, MA) – Senior High
  • FISHER HOUSE
  • Twice a month trip to Fisher House to provide a “day out” for a recuperating wounded soldier and their family.


    Church Financial Support + liaison for volunteer opportunities:

  • LAMB CENTER – Day shelter for homeless in Fairfax City – welcomes volunteers!
  • RISING HOPE MINISTRY – Route One Corridor mission church that we support financially; continuous collection & monthly delivery of donated goods; occasional specific assistance
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    Church Financial and Other Support to:

  • Main Street Child Development Center (supplemental educational program for children)
  • Missionaries (covenant relationship; direct support)
  • Vicki Stephenson – Henderson Settlement – Red Bird Mission, Frakes, KY

    Jacques Umembudi Akasa – Wings of Caring Aviation Ministry, Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

  • Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. If you are interested in assisting in a Rebuilding Together Project on Saturday, April 27, contact Marty Draper or Daryl Witherspoon for more information.
  • The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter is Fairfax County’s newest homeless shelter and the first in Fairfax County to operate the “Housing First/Rapid Rehousing” model. This center shelters families and transitions them to permanent stable housing.
  • Volunteers in Mission Support (V.I.M) serves others by sending individual volunteers or teams around the world to help where there is great need. For more information, contact Marty or Betsy Draper.
  • Short-Term Mission Projects offer limited support to individuals who are looking to attend a short term mission opportunity with others from the church. This fund responds to both local and global mission opportunities.
  • Christ House has provided healthcare for the homeless in Washington, D.C since it first opened in December 1985. Today, it is still the only 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women from area hospitals, shelters, clinics, and medical outreach projects inn the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • Just Neighbors is an organization which provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths and nationalities. The organization also seeks to foster enriching experiences that enhance community and mutual understanding among our clients, volunteers and staff.
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