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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.

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:

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ABHMS staff member honored by New Orleans mayor

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

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Ecumenical Work Week 2011 marked by intergenerational cooperation

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