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Volunteer Ministries facilitates individual volunteer missionary appointments, summer service opportunities, group mission experiences, specialized service projects, and disaster response.

In addition to praying, American Baptists have traditionally been people of action, giving freely of their valuable time and talents to help survivors of tragedy throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Striking recent examples include volunteer efforts in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S. Gulf Coast area, where American Baptists and their partners logged countless hours of hands-on recovery work.

2014 Summer Mission Opportunity in Illinois
Bringing Good News to Gifford!” Habitat Blitz Build
The small farming community of Gifford was hit by an F-3 tornado. Help American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Great Rivers Region of American Baptist Churches USA and Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County to construct a home for a deserving family.

Two 2014 Summer Mission Opportunities in New Jersey
Coming Together for New Jersey…Rebuild, Renew and Restore
The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy will be addressed during two 2014 volunteer work weeks: July 12-19, and Aug. 9-16.

2014 Summer Mission Opportunity in New Orleans
"Home Mission: 'Til the Work is Done"
(Formerly known as "Ecumenical Work Week")
Almost nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, members of the faith community continue to be there for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, as they rebuild their homes, churches, communities and lives.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Thanked for Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans
In its blog, the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, New Orleans, thanks American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) for coordinating volunteer rebuilding efforts in the area. After clicking the link to open the blog, scroll to the bottom of the blog to view ABHMS-related information and photographs (postings from Aug. 10 and 13, 2012).

Responding to Tragedy: Willing Hands on the Road to Recovery
Click these video links to experience the caring spirit evident in previous volunteer recovery efforts:

Related Stories

2011 EWW

ABHMS staff member honored by New Orleans mayor

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is proud to announce that Victoria Goff, ABHMS national coordinator of Volunteer and Disaster Response Ministries, has received a proclamation from the mayor of New Orleans for her years of service in coordinating volunteer clean-up and rebuilding efforts in the hurricane-ravaged city. Read the full story




2011 EWW

American Baptist Home Mission Societies volunteers minister in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward

Close to 200 volunteers, coordinated and supported by American Baptist Home Mission Societies, converged on New Orlean’s Lower Ninth Ward Monday in the sixth Ecumenical Work Week that continues the effort to rebuild the community devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita seven years ago. Read the full story




2011 EWW

Ecumenical Work Week 2011 marked by intergenerational cooperation

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been rebuilding communities and changing lives by leading Ecumenical Work Week since 2006. Unique aspects of the 2011 effort—held the first week in August and dubbed “Here Until the Work is Done V”—included participation by volunteers from nine American Baptist Association of Colleges and Universities-member higher learning institutions and a multigenerational team from Massachusetts. Read the full story


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Living Matthew 25 with ABHMS mission opportunities at the ABCUSA Biennial

American Baptist faithful put into action Matthew 25s instruction to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the sick with a variety of American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS)-sponsored volunteer mission opportunities before, during and after the American Baptist Churches USA 2011 Biennial in Puerto Rico in June. Read the full story


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