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New online network connects volunteers, ministries

New online network connects volunteers, ministries

Missions and Outreach

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

It isn’t just millennials who want to make the world a better place. It’s an intergenerational aspiration for United Methodists.

The Florida Conference is gearing up an online community to make it easier for people to find places to make a difference.

Next month the Florida Conference will launch “Volunteer Connect,” an online community that will help volunteers find opportunities to serve ministries that provide shelter, housing assistance, literacy programs, food pantries, clothing closets and soup kitchens, among other things.

Churches will be able to promote their volunteer needs and be able to search for volunteers that are interested in serving in their ministries.

To help launch and begin to benefit from this new community, churches, extension ministries and community-based ministries can add volunteer opportunities to the network. Click here to post an opportunity in the connection and here to explore places to volunteer.

The Florida Conference volunteers/ministry match up may enrich churches, communities and volunteers in unexpected ways. According to Forbes Magazine, there are five “surprising” benefits of volunteering:

  • Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time.
  • Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills.
  • Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life (Corporation for National and Community Service).
  • Volunteering your experience helps build your experience.
  • Volunteering your love makes you feel more love.

In February “Volunteer Connect” aims to make it easier for both volunteers and ministries to reap the benefits of serving others.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi

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