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 #308 (Winter)

Dates: January 25 to February 13, 2015
Location: Camp Ithiel, a Church of the Brethren camp in Gotha, FL
Application deadline: December 12, 2014
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Unit #309 (Summer)

Dates: July 19 to August 7, 2015
Location: Camp Mardela, a church of the Brethren camp in Denton, Maryland
Application deadline: June 5, 2015

Unit #310 (BRF)

Dates: August 23 to September 1, 2015
Location: Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland
Application deadline: July 10, 2015
*The purpose of this unit is to offer Brethren Volunteer Service in a context where conservative, evangelical Christian beliefs are taught and advocated. This orientation is open to those who uphold the values of the Brethren Revival Fellowship and other interested Christians who affirm this faith perspective.

Unit #311 (Fall)

Dates: September 27 to October 16, 2015
Location: Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland
Application deadline: August 14, 2015

BVS updates

Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 307 begins service
(October 22, 2014)
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 307 has completed its orientation and the volunteers have been placed at their projects. This Fall unit held orientation on Sept. 28-Oct. 17 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The volunteers, their home congregations or hometowns, and project placements follow:

‘Every single person was just so kind’: BVSers talk about their cross-country bicycle trek
(October 14, 2014)
In this Newsline interview, Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers Chelsea Goss and Rebekah Maldonado-Nofziger talk about their cross country bicycling adventure “BVS Coast to Coast.” They started off May 1 from the Atlantic coast of Virginia, and completed the trek Aug. 18 on the Pacific coast of Oregon. On the way they visited church communities and friends and family to promote BVS, and participated in three Church of the Brethren conferences. Their major learning? The kindness and caring of the people they met:

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