Founded by Edwina Gateley (http://www.edwinagateley.com), VMM International (https://vmminternational.org/) are an international development and volunteering organisation, and we love doing what we do! We have placed thousands of volunteers and lay missionaries on overseas development projects in the past 50 years, which has led to astonishing results for communities and for the volunteers themselves. We help volunteers of all ages to step into communities and get stuck into projects of real value to local people and our partnerships are with strong and well-established organisations. We also offer project planning support to NGOs in developing countries, helping them increase their operational capacity and become even better at what they do.
We currently work in Africa and Asia playing our part to deliver upon the Sustainable Development Goals. We work to help our grassroots partners take care of the needs that local people tell us are most important to them. Projects include education, health, community development initiatives, child safeguarding, etc, and we have partnerships with civic, community and church organisations. VMM are a faith-based group but we are an all-inclusive organisation and welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or politics.
For some years now, the Irish RC Bishops Conference has graciously afforded VMM the opportunity to participate in approved church collections. For 2018, VMM has been allocated the diocese of Killala which includes 22 individual parishes and 48 churches. Typically, a VMM member or representative is invited by the Mass celebrant to make a presentation from the altar at a midpoint during Mass and a collection is taken up at the church doors as the congregation leaves at the end of Mass.
In order to take full advantage of this opportunity, we need to appoint an individual to:
- Represent VMM at parishes through presentations and answering questions about our work;
- Ensure that clergy and parishioners in the diocese are well informed of the nature, extent and benefits of VMM’s activities;
- Coordinate collection arrangements with each parish and church;
- Ensure that congregations are informed in advance of planned VMM collections;
- Ensure that VMM members are organised to assist with the individual collections;
- Participate in, and manage, the actual collections;
- Control the cash receipts.
Experience of working or volunteering within church or local parish, and good public speaking skills, would be an advantage. An understanding of current issues in international development, and of overseas mission or volunteering is desirable. The successful candidate will need to be highly organised and able to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders (e.g. priests, parishioners, VMM members and staff, etc.).
This is seen as a responsible and demanding but part-time and temporary role for one year. However, a successful performance in the Killala Diocese could offer the opportunity for a long term appointment – assuming the continued goodwill of the Bishops’ Conference.
It is likely that approx 20 weekends per year would be involved plus some evening work organising the promotions. Remuneration would be modest. We envisage approx €200 per weekend plus travel, accommodation and meal costs; remuneration for time spent on other promotional/ administrative activity would be by agreement. Expressions of interest by email please to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Ted Mooney on 087.2415923.