Brethren Volunteer Service

Brethren Volunteer Service is a full time volunteer program that places volunteers in a one or two year long assignment in the United States and some locations around the world. This ministry of the Church of the Brethren has been a major program in this Christian denomination since 1948.

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Upcoming Orientation Units

Unit #325 (Summer)

Dates: July 19 - August 7, 2020
Location: Camp Harmony – Hooversville, PA
Applications due 6/5

Unit #326 (BRF)

Dates: August 17 - 24, 2020
Location: Camp Swatara – Bethel, PA
Applications due 7/3

Unit #327 (Fall)

Dates: September 20 - October 9, 2020
Location: Camp Brethren Heights – Rodney, MI
Applications due 8/7



BVS updates

BVS continuing to support volunteers through COVID-19 crisis
(March 20, 2020)
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has been working with its project partners and volunteers around the world to encourage caution and safety during this COVID-19 crisis. Its mid-year retreat for domestic volunteers that was scheduled for March 23-27 has been cancelled and, instead, volunteers will gather virtually for a day of retreat activities and reflecting.


Church of the Brethren staff plan to go forward with spring and summer events, while monitoring circumstances surrounding coronavirus
(March 6, 2020)
The Church of the Brethren staff planning events this spring and summer do not intend to make any cancellations because of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). However, they are assessing risks and monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health authorities to plan ahead for eventualities and circumstances beyond their control.


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