These programs provide faith-oriented post-graduate opportunities and volunteer experiences. There is a wide variety of backgrounds and spiritualities represented in order to match you with the best possible position to fit your background and interests. Most of these programs are open to members of any (or no) religious tradition.
AVODAH: Jewish Service Corps
AVODAH: Jewish Service Corps connects young college graduates with organizations that fight poverty. This is open to people ages 21-25 in the areas of New York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
These organizations primarily address issues of education, public health, and domestic violence. This can be an excellent opportunity to build practical hands-on leadership skills.
Christian Appalachian Project
Long-term Christian Appalachian Project volunteers make a commitment of one year to their program pillars of service, community, and spirituality, and/or personal reflection, with an option to apply for an additional year. Long-term volunteers are eligible to receive a modest stipend, room and board, health insurance, limited travel reimbursement, potential student -oan deferment of federal loans, and an AmeriCorps Education Award for qualifying positions. CAP welcomes long-term (one year) volunteers and AmeriCorps members in January, June, August, and October. Their preference is for volunteers to begin in August, but other entry dates are offered for individuals with alternative availability. For more information, see their admissions process.
Brethren Volunteer Service
Through BVS, Brethren Volunteer Service, people give their time and skills to help a world in need. Volunteers work at issues greater than themselves, recognizing that their efforts may not immediately solve deep-rooted problems. Yet everyone can be part of the ongoing work to advocate for justice, work for peace, serve human need, and care for creation.
Volunteers receive room, board, medical insurance, transportation to project, and a monthly allowance of $100-$150. In most cases, educational loans may be deferred. Depending on the project, volunteers may live alone, with a family, or in a group situation.
Episcopal Service Corps
Episcopal Service Corps connects applicants with different programs throughout the country. Individual ESC programs have different requirements. AmeriCorps programs through ESC do not discriminate on the basis of religion in admissions. Other programs may give preference to Episcopalian applicants but are open to people from diverse faith backgrounds.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a one-year domestic volunteer service program founded by Luther Place Memorial Church. It is for people who want to explore their spirituality while working for social justice in various ways, living with other volunteers in Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Tacoma, Twin Cities, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington.
Mennonite Voluntary Service
The Mennonite Voluntary Service provides many opportunities to make a difference on issues like immigration, health care, and the environment. Terms last between one and two years in one of 21 cities and towns across the U.S. You do not have to be Mennonite to apply, but MVS is a faith-based organization so they do ask that you agree to a statement of faith, are prepared to participate in Christian community, and that you provide them with the name of your home congregation.
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Mercy Volunteer Corps operates in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and works primarily with the economically poor and marginalized. Participants serve for one year in one of nine U.S. cities and in Guyana, South America, working in education, health care, or social services. Volunteers receive housing, stipends, and health insurance and must be 21 years or older and hold a high school diploma to participate.
Mission Year is a yearlong program where Christian young people live in an urban neighborhood volunteering, worshiping, and loving their neighbors. By partnering with a local church, volunteering at a service site, and spending time with neighbors, Mission Year team members effectively impact their communities while catching a deeper vision for what the Kingdom of God is like. Sites are based out of Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Oakland, and Philadelphia.
Notre Dame Mission Volunteers
Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1992, has been placing volunteers at sites nationwide to work alongside God’s people, especially the economically disadvantaged. The volunteers accomplish this mission by promoting literacy and education.
NDMVA creates holistic educational programs for at-risk children and adults in economically disadvantaged communities. We target children in Head Start and school settings as well as adults who are high school dropouts in need of GED, literacy, or parenting skills. Our volunteers are recruited from the local communities and from college campuses nationwide. To further our goals, we develop service partnerships with groups and individuals in the public and private sectors.
Quaker Voluntary Service
Based out of Atlanta, Philadelphia, or Portland, Quaker Voluntary Service seeks to live four core Values: community, service, transformation, and the Quaker Way. QVS is an experiment in faithfulness in the Friends’ tradition. It is an opportunity to find your gifts and to help change the world.
Building on three years of discernment, research, and consultation, including working closely with a network of other long-standing, faith-based voluntary service programs, a vibrant team of supporters launched the pilot QVS service house in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall of 2012. This house was the first step in developing a growing network of QVS programs. QVS launched two more houses in August 2013 in Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. In 2015 we launched our fourth house in Boston as well as a pilot alumni fellowship program in Philadelphia, where first-year QVS alumni can continue programming with QVS and work for Quaker organizations in Philly. We are excited about the continual growth of our programs and reach and look forward to expanding our network in different ways in the years to come.
Repair the World
The Repair the World Fellowship Fellowship is an 11-month opportunity for young adults ages 21 to 26 to engage and challenge the Jewish community to address social justice issues through meaningful volunteering. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change around education justice and food justice. Fellows gain skills in volunteer engagement, program planning and facilitation, service learning, and deep knowledge in food or education justice. The fellowship takes place in four dynamic cities: Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Repair the World will provide training, a living stipend, communal housing, health insurance, and other perks.
St. Joseph Worker Program
The St. Joseph Worker Program is a one-year volunteer experience for women who are passionate about social change. St. Joseph Workers (SJWs) commit to a year of service during which they delve into the core values of justice, leadership, spirituality, and living simply in an intentional community. Program sites in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn., Los Angeles, Wichita, Kans., and Albany, N.Y.
Sikh Coalition Fellowships
The Sikh Coalition Fellowships offers several part-time, paid fellowships in social justice and advocacy available to recent college grads and young professionals. Based in New York and California, the programs range from public policy, anti-bullying, community development, and more. The c oalition also runs a summer volunteer program for high school students based in its New York City office.
The Urban Adamah Fellowship
The Urban Adamah Fellowship, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month residential training program for young adults (ages 2131) that combines urban organic farming, social justice training and progressive Jewish learning and living in intentional community. Through the operation of Urban Adamah’s one-acre organic farm and internships with social justice organizations, fellows gain significant skills, training and experience in sustainable urban agriculture, Jewish spirituality, intentional community, social justice and leadership development.
Urban Promise’s internship program provides college-aged adults with year-round or summertime training in urban youth development and ministry. Interns work in our after-school and summer camps and live in community in the Camden neighborhood in which they work. Their role at Urban Promise is essential to our organization’s operational and programmatic success as they work on a volunteer basis and act as positive role models to the children and teens in their camps.
US-2 Program (UMC)
US-2 Program is a domestic, 24-month, faith- and justice-centered leadership-development and mission-service program for those interested in partnering in solidarity with faith-based organizations. US-2s will integrate faith and justice by learning, walking, and working with communities in their struggles to address systemic injustice and human suffering. US-2s will boldly reexamine their roles and participation in society as they struggle with issues such as hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, children at risk, substance abuse, racism, domestic violence, and inadequate healt hcare throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Westmoreland Volunteer Corps
Westmoreland Volunteer Corps is a domestic volunteer service program that provides opportunities for those interested in social service and social justice to work in Washington, D.C.-area agencies helping underserved populations. Sponsored by the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, a few steps from Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Md., the program provides a group house for five volunteers whose interests, training, and career goals are matched with the needs of agencies doing work in social service, health care, housing, education, and more. The volunteers receive a stipend from the agencies at which they work and are charged minimal rent to live in a shared home in an intentional community. A community counselor also works with the group of volunteers. All persons, regardless of faith, are welcome to apply.
Young Adult Volunteer Program (PCUSA)
In the Young Adult Volunteer Program (PCUSA), you serve for one year in communities of need in the United States and around the world. You meet regularly for prayer and Bible study, work with mentors to explore and grow in your expression of their Christian faith, build each other up as disciples of Jesus Christ, and are supported in your faith journey through orientation and an end-of-term debriefing event. Sites for service are located both nationally and internationally.
Sojourner’s Internship Program
The Sojourner’s Internship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners’ commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Currently in its 33rd year, the yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between seven and 10 interns are selected into the program each year.
Friend’s Committee on National Legislation Young Fellow’s Program
Recent college graduates spend 11 months working with key staff members at the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation Young Fellow’s Program to build expertise in advocacy from a public-interest perspective. Applications are due in February for the program beginning in August.
The program is full time and paid a salary at the DC living-wage standard with benefits. Fellows work under the title “program assistant” and work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.