There are many ways to serve God through the Church of the Brethren. For details, visit web pages for the specific offices or projects listed below. If you do not see an opportunity here that matches your gifts, please contact us to tell us how and where you feel called to serve.
Opportunities by age
Put together relief kits (BDM)
Hold a fundraiser for Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM)
Provide support/cards for BVS volunteers (BVS)
Support missions/mission workers (GMS)
All of the above, plus workcamps
All of the above, plus the following:
Rebuild homes (age 14 with parents and older) (BDM)
Global workcamp (age 14 with parents and older) (GMS)
Volunteer at the Brethren Service Center (age 14 with permission and up) (BSC)
Work at the Material Resources warehouse (age 14 with permission and up) (Material Resources)
Work with the communications team or Brethren Historical Library & Archives (Elgin)
Christian Citizenship Seminar takes place in the spring for high school students and advisors. Time commitment: one week plus individual preparation and follow up. Learn about an issue and travel to Washington, DC, to do advocacy work.
All adult opportunities, plus the following:
Time commitment: 10 weeks in the summer
Age requirement: college students. Watch for application forms the previous fall or winter.
Time commitment: summer
Age requirement: ages 19-22 (college aged). Watch for application forms the previous fall or winter.
Young adult workcamp
All ages opportunities or serve as an advisor for youth and young adult opportunities (above).
Rebuild homes with BDM or serve longer term as apart of a project leadership team (BDM)
Assist children following disasters (CDS)
Become a BVS volunteer for a year or longer (BVS)
Attend an overseas workcamp (GMS)
Become a mission worker/partner (GMS)
Serve as a host/hostess at Zigler Hospitality Center or do other volunteer work at the Brethren Service Center (New Windsor)
Process health/hygiene kits, baby kits, cleaning supplies or unload boxcars and trailers (Material Resources)
Help the communications team (Elgin)
Assist the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (Elgin)
Age requirements: 14 years old (with parent), 15 and up without parent
Time commitment: usually one week (Sunday through Saturday)
Location: various around the U.S. and Haiti
Opportunities for all ages (location and time commitment vary)
Hold a fundraiser for Brethren Disaster Ministries
Longer-term opportunities (age 18 and up)
Train to serve as part of a project leadership team
Serve as a project cook or other longer-term volunteer
For details about any of these opportunities, see www.brethren.org/bdm
Certified CDS volunteers assist children following a disaster
Requirements: age 18 and up, successfuly complete a 27-hour workshop, clean background check
Time commitment and locations vary according to the circumstances
For more information, visit www.brethren.org/cds
Time commitment: One year or more
Age requirement: varies by project, age 18 and up, including opportunities for older adults
Locations: U.S. and worldwide
For detailed project information, see www.brethren.org/bvs
Opportunities for all ages: "Adopt a BVSer," pray for volunteers, and/or send Christmas cards. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up to receive e-mail notification from BVS two or three times per year (including the list of volunteers for Christmas cards).
Opportunities for all ages (locations and time commitments vary)
Support a mission worker
Pray for mission workers
Invite a mission worker to your church
Plan a mission awareness event
Raise money for missions
Join the Global Mission Advocate Network
Age requirement: age 14-17 if parent also attends. Age 18 and up (without parent)
Time commitment: one to three weeks. Watch for dates for upcoming workcamps.
Location: Nigeria, South Sudan, and other locations.
Age requirement: age 18 and up. Please contact GMS for details on current opportunities and how your gifts might fit.
Opportunities exist for junior high (grades 6-8), senior high (grades 9-12), young adults (18-35) and intergenerational (11 and up).
Time commitment: four days (junior high) to one week during the summer
Locations: Various places around the U.S., with a few opportunities in other countries
For more information, see www.brethren.org/workcamps
The Zigler Hospitality Center seeks Volunteer Hosts and Hostesses to help coordinate and provide hospitality services to guests and visitors of the Brethren Service Center campus. Duties include guest check-in, providing host service during meetings and retreats, providing assistance in maintaining common areas and guest rooms, and assisting in the dining room during meals and banquets. Our Hosts and Hostesses serve as a key members of the Hospitality Center team, ensuring good communication and follow through, and consistently placing the needs of our guests as a top priority.
For a complete description of this volunteer position, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity with a staff member, please contact us at 410-635-8700 (Toll Free: 800-766-1553) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Age requirement: Adult - Time commitment: One month to one year
Age requirement: Ages 14-17 (with written parental permission), adults. Groups and individuals welcome.
Time commitment: Weekdays, very flexible - work an hour or two or months at a time!
Assist with processing and quality control of health/hygiene kits, help process school kits, baby kits, or cleaning supplies. Unload boxcars and trailers (seasonal).
Age requirement: ages 14-17 (with written parental permission), adults
Time commitment and responsibilities: vary depending on the project, which could be with any of the organizations housed on the New Windsor campus.
Communications team - filing assistant
Age requirement: high school and up
Time commitment: flexible, during weekday office hours
Someone is needed to update our communications files, a decades-long resource that has been crucial to our communications efforts over the years.
Contact the office for more information.
Brethren Historical Library and Archives -filing/cataloging/other
Age requirement: Age 18 and up or age 16 with parental permission and transportation to and from the General Offices
Time commitment: flexible, during weekday office hours
Volunteers will be involved in various filing and cataloging pursuits in the fascinating Brethren Historical Library and Archives collection. Great project for someone interested in majoring in history or library science! Contact Bill Kostlevy, BHLA director, for more information 800-323-8039 ext. 368 or 847-429-4368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Children's Disaster Services volunteer helps a boy rebuild his world.
Courtesy of Brethren Volunteer Service
Language learning in South Sudan
Prayer at the table in Brazil
Courtesy of Zigler Hospitality Center