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The best kept secret in the Methodist Church is the NOMADS Mission Volunteers, who are mostly retired persons with recreational vehicles, traveling throughout this country working to help needy Methodist churches, camps, individuals, & agencies with construction, repairs, gardening, sewing, etc.

The United Methodist NOMADS have been in existence since 1988 and today have a membership of over 1100 volunteers, representing 44 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The work area which they cover is all over the United States. In addition to regular 3 week projects, revolving teams are also working in hurricane areas in the Gulf and flood areas in the midwest, helping to repair and restore homes.

Through NOMADS' dues and donations from supportive churches and individuals, a Materials Fund has been established to help agencies purchase materials for projects if needed. Last year over $75,000 was given to churches and agencies to help fund their projects.

Information is sent out twice a year on the locations of work sites (projects normally last 3 weeks), and weekly e-mail updates are sent out by the NOMADS' Administrator, the only paid staff! If you are someone who has a recreational vehicle , likes to travel, and looking for something to do which is worthwhile and fulfilling, try NOMADS--RETIREMENT WITH A PURPOSE!!

For more information on joining NOMADS or donating to the Materials Fund, see the website at or contact Charles & Carol Townsend at 206.542.6948.

Click HERE for the January 2012 Nomads Newsletter.