Did You Know giving on HRD has supported a volunteer program since 1976?

Giving on Human Relations
Day has supported a volunteer
program since 1976?

The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) movement began in 1976 and is organized by jurisdiction. General Board of Global Ministries networks with the jurisdictional UMVIM offices, which in turn coordinate with annual conference offices. It is a grassroots movement designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments. The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training to volunteers serving with the poor; building churches; and assisting in disaster response, community health, and leadership training each year.



The United Methodist Church celebrates Human Relations Day to further the development of better human relations by involving congregations in community and youth outreach through Community Developers Programs, United Methodist Voluntary Services Programs, and Youth Offender Rehabilitation Programs. It is celebrated on the Sunday before the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. This offering was originally established in 1972 to fund Self-Determination Projects, The Black Community Developers and the Police-Community Relations Program. In 1988, the offering was designated to support ministries of social justice and outreach to at-risk youth. Specific ministries include the Community Developers Program, United Methodist Voluntary Services Program and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. The fund is administered by the General Board of Global Ministry and the General Board of Church and Society.

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