Volunteers in Mission
What is Volunteers In Mission (VIM)?
For the last thirty-five summers, our congregation has sent approximately 60 teens and adults to help folks living below the poverty level in rural, western Maine. The roots of the program date from 1970, when small health teams spent a summer week in the coal regions of West Virginia and Ohio.
Since 1979, the program has served the elderly, single parent families, and low-income families in a 1000 square-mile area coordinated by Mission at the Eastward. The Mission was created in 1954 to help rural churches survive in this region of constant economic struggle. Flemington, in its 35-year journey with the Mission's housing rehabilitation program, has completed some 300 worksites.
Our volunteers spend one full week in Maine hammering, sawing, painting, and sweating to build ramps, roofs, and sheds. They insulate, replace siding, windows and doors, close in porches, add railings, paint houses, and build steps, decks, and bathrooms. From 15 to 20 sites are completed in that one week every year. They also run a vacation Bible school for youngsters of the area, a week which those children look forward to every year and remember forever.
The richness of the Spiritual benefits brought about by participation in VIM has been discussed for over three decades. They are born of passion, devotion, and fellowship; of adults bonding with teens and parents strengthening bonds with their own children. Taken together, they have brought new members to our church and held others here. They are the Good Work that helps to create "community," a community which reaches from Central Maine to Central New Jersey.
For questions about VIM, contact Rev. Wonjae Choi.
The FPC VIM team consists of
- 16 Adults (Over 22, with 14 over 30)
- 23 Members and friends of our teen Breakfast Club
- 8 College age young adults
- 13 Teens and adults from outside of our congregation
- 50 housing site workers each day for five days
- 8 Vacation Bible School workers each day for five days
- 2 team members as stewards (It is a major job to keep 60 working people well-fed for an entire week!)
The cost of the trip is offset by donations in the form of "stock sales," fundraising breakfasts, and fees for individual members to participate.
The annual VIM dinner and multimedia show celebrate the prior summer's mission. Over 125 people come and enjoy a delicious dinner and 90 minute thrill-packed show! If you want to learn about VIM, copies of the shows are available on DVD for a donation of $10. You may contact the church office to request a DVD of the VIM multimedia shows.
Please click to open the form you need. Applications are due to the church office by May 8th. Everyone who is a high school student through 12th grade, please fill out the Youth application form, which includes medical and insurance information and a release. If you are 25 years and older and would like to serve as an Adult leader, please fill out the Adult form. For those who are one year post high school or have one year of college completed and are 24 and under, please use the VIM in Training (VIT) form. Questions? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact the VIM at Home team or Rev. Wonjae Choi. Scholarships are available for those who need financial support; the form is available here.