Tuesday, November 3, 2015

#GivingTuesday 2015: GIVING Opportunity

GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Medical Missions Medical-based mission trips make up a large percentage of the UMVIM effort. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and others from the medical field take their expertise to underserved areas across the globe to provide quality medical care. If you are a healthcare provider and would like more information on how you can volunteer your time and services, check out the Medical Missions page on our GO! tab for more information. You can also contact your Conference UMVIM Coordinator.

GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Youth and Young Adults UMVIM, SEJ pours a great amount of time and resources into Next Generation efforts. In 2013 we launched a Summer Internship Program where the brightest of the SEJ youth are able to serve in local and international placements. Our annual Young People in Mission event brings youth and young adults from around the Jurisdiction to Lake Junaluska for a week of fellowship and mission training. YPIM is peer-led and designed by the very students who attend each year.

GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Disaster Response UMVIM, SEJ works with UMCOR and Conference Disaster Response Coordinators to send volunteer teams to disaster-effected areas. Last year, a generous UMCOR grant allowed us to bring a Disaster Response Liaison onto our staff to further our ability to connect volunteers to the appropriate response. Click here to head over to the UMVIM, SEJ Disaster Response page.
GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Mission Opportunities Lists UMVIM, SEJ maintains the International Mission Opportunity List and updates it quarterly. All projects on the International and Domestic Lists have been approved by local pastors, area Bishops, and UMVIM to accept short-term volunteers to assist the project leaders with the extra hands and resources to see projects to completion. If you're not sure which Mission Opportunity is right for your short-term mission journey, we are here to help!

This year #GivingTuesday falls on December 1st, taking place after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. On December 1, 2015, United Methodist will join hands to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries to transform lives on #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance on this day will be matched up to $1 million. (A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.) UMVIM, SEJ is Advance #901875.

Donations will start matching at midnight, CST on December 1, but in the meantime, please enjoy learning more about the heartbeat of our ministry in the days leading up to the big event! Don't hesitate to contact Landon Taylor, Church Relations, at 
landon_taylor@umvim.org if you have any questions at all.

Check out our original post to learn more about 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign, and follow us on
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