Provided to Newsline by the BVS staff
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) staff have made the decision to transition the summer orientation unit 325 from an in-person to a virtual event. Amid COVID-19 restrictions, BVS is committed to the health of incoming volunteers and leadership while still providing much-needed volunteer support to BVS project sites.
Instead of the traditional three weeks, the summer orientation will be two weeks long and will be done while volunteers are already at their project sites--building in a two-week quarantine time so that volunteers are ready to begin serving as soon as orientation is completed.
BVS staff are working hard to include as many aspects of the traditional orientation as possible. The volunteers will gather virtually to grow in faith; learn about Brethren history, service, and social justice issues; build community; work together to accomplish common tasks; and have fun. Because of this new format, BVS staff will be working ahead of orientation with volunteers to discern their project placements, in place of the typical process during the three-week orientation.
The summer orientation will take place July 26-Aug. 7. The application deadline for this unit is Friday, June 5. If anyone is interested in joining this unit and has not submitted an application by the deadline, please email BVS@brethren.org as soon as possible. There is still time to join!
For more about Brethren Volunteer Service go to www.brethren.org/bvs .