Approved and Vetted Places Where Churches and Individuals Can Get Active:
(VIM - Volunteer in Mission, DR - Disaster Response, WH - World Hunger, MM - Medical Missions, CS - Child Sponsorship, )
(VIM) Carolina Cross Connection (Camp/Home Repair/Outreach Ministry) – Outreach ministry for youth and adults, youth groups sent into local communities to perform home repair and maintenance chores for elderly and impoverished families. www.carolinacrossconnection.org.
(VIM) (DR) Conference Disaster Response Fund (Disaster Response/Outreach Ministry) – Funding and teams for meeting needs following a disaster. www.wnccumc.org/mis/disasterresponse.htm.
(WH) Food Banks (Specify: Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem) – The food bank organization stores and distributes surplus foods to food pantries and other need organizations within the counties served.
(VIM) (MM) (WH) Kenya Partnership Ministries (Poverty/Outreach Ministries) – The goals of the ministry include:
· Facilitating a number of building, education, and medical teams to work in Kenya in partnership with the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Kenya.
· Establishing a meal packaging program whose objective is to provide highly nutritious, long shelf life dehydrated meals to schools in third world countries. This program is envisioned to support ministries in which elements of the Western North Carolina Conference have interests.
· Promoting active participation by Conference churches to participate in mission projects in Kenya – both through the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Kenya.
Direct inquiries to email@example.com.
(CS) (VIM) Project AGAPE, Armenia (Poverty/Outreach Ministry) – This joint venture of the Western NC Conference with the NC Conference provides relief and support to people in Armenia. Among its projects are the hospital, Christian Education Center, children’s home (all in Lachin) along with the Bagaran water project and Spitak School. Shipments of food, supplies and clothing are periodically sent from our conference’s Mission Response Center. www.wnccumc.org/mis/agapeproject.htm.
(VIM) Salkahatchie Summer Service – WNCC (Camp/Home Repair/ VIM Ministry) – This highly successful program in the SC Conference is planting roots in the Western NC Conference through its sponsoring congregation of Huntersville UMC. High school and college youth join with community leaders for a week of upgrading homes and living conditions of those who don’t have the ability or means to improve their homes. Salkehatchie Camps are more than just work camps. Participants see the face of poverty in the communities. Through nightly reflections, they gain an understanding of what it is to do God’s work through service to others.
Scandinavian Caravan – WNCC (Faith Connections Ministry) – For 50 years, the Western NC Conference has exchanged teams, in alternating years, of young adults to minister in churches in both Scandinavian countries and our conference. The teams share testimonies, music, etc. along with participating in a cultural exchange. Funds are needed to cover expenses associated with this program.
(VIM) (DR) Step-by-Step Ministries, Inc. (Home Repair/VIM/Outreach Ministry) – An outgrowth of the Disaster Response in the Waynesville District, this organization works with “chronic disasters” within the district, fixing minor and major problems within homes of the district using volunteers and case management. Contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UMAR-WNC, Inc. (Special Needs Ministry) – This organization of the Western NC Conference provides a safe home environment for developmentally impaired adults. Homes for both men and women are located throughout the conference, offering these adults an opportunity to live fulfilling lives under the care of trained caregivers. www.umarinfo.com/.
(VIM) (MM) WNCC Good Samaritan Clinic, Dominican Republic (Medical Ministry) – The Western NC Conference is renewing its emphasis on medical missions by focusing on the bateys in the Dominican Republic. Funds received for medical missions facilitate a regular program of health care to the “poorest of the poor and the least of the least.” Doctors are employed to provide ongoing medical care between mission team assignments. Dr. Jorge Volquez is the director and primary physician at the clinic, located in a refugee camp for Haitians in the Barahona Valley. Dr. Volquez does an amazing job with the resources entrusted to him, treating various illnesses and promoting preventive health care. Medical teams from our conference assist Dr. Volquez periodically. The conference provides periodic medical teams and supplies to keep the clinic in continuous operation. Gifts provide health care for people in one of the poorest areas of the world. www.wnccumc.org/mis/clinic.htm.
(VIM) WNCC Building Teams (VIM/Building/Outreach Ministry) – Sends volunteer in mission teams to countries outside of the US to complete building projects in partnership with local churches. Contact Max Kern at email@example.com for more information.
(VIM) WNCC Mission Response Center, Terrell, NC (VIM/Outreach Ministry) – The Mission Response Center near Mooresville is a complex with shipping and receiving facilities and a warehouse. It facilitates ministries of our conference such as Project AGAPE, Disaster Response, Wesley Community Development Corporation, UMCOR and other outreach ministries. It is where shipments are prepared for Armenia and UMCOR kits are collected for the Sager Brown Depot. Funds are needed for office/restroom facilities and operating expenses. www.wnccumc.org/mis/center.htm.
(CS) World of God (Child Sponsorship/Community Ministry) – World of God is founded to address the structural and spiritual causes of poverty with a specific objective of creating sustainable aid in Liberia and Haiti. Contact Allen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.