Brethren Volunteer Service

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More than 50 projects across 11 countries

What is BVS?

Through the Church of the Brethren, the Brethren Volunteer Service places volunteers in projects all across the world to serve those in need. Volunteers work with organizations in various sectors, including environmental stewardship, peacebuilding, childcare, and housing. Take the next step — find out more about BVS.

What is BVS?

Through the Church of the Brethren, the Brethren Volunteer Service places volunteers in projects all across the world to serve those in need. Volunteers work with organizations in various sectors, including environmental work, peacebuilding, working with children, and housing. Take the next step — find out more about BVS.

Goals

Advocating
Justice

  • Providing reliable legal services for immigrants
  • Practicing and teaching restorative justice
  • Supporting conscientious objectors
  • Speaking up on behalf of those who have been and continue to be systematically oppressed

Working for
Peace

  • Lobbying congress
  • Practicing meditation
  • Teaching nonviolent conflict transformation
  • Working with organizations committed to rebuilding relationships and making peace
  • Serving communities torn apart by war and violence

Serving
Human Need

  • Providing hospitality for families of people in prison
  • Serving in local soup kitchens and homeless centers
  • Building houses for those without shelter
  • Walking in solidarity with sisters and brothers living with mental illness

Caring for
Creation

  • Living lightly on the earth
  • Consuming less and re-using more
  • Serving with organizations dedicated to:
    • Reducing pollution
    • Fighting climate change
    • Introducing responsible agricultural practices
    • Planting trees

Who Can Serve?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply!

BVS offers six month placements for older adults (ages 50 and older). Older adults are welcome at all orientations. For more information, visit the Older Adult Program information page.

One does not need to be part of Church of the Brethren to apply. BVS welcomes all volunteers who have a willingness to serve and work for issues bigger than themselves.

Benefits

Room & Board

Medical Insurance

Monthly Stipend

Transportation

Orientation Dates

Winter 2022 #330

January 18 – February 4
(Location TBD)
Applications are due December 8, 2021 (with flexibility)

Summer 2022 #331

July 31 – August 19
(Location TBD)
Applications are due June 19, 2022 (with flexibility)

Fall 2022 #332

September 18 – October 7
Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, MI
Applications are due August 7, 2022 (with flexibility)

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BVS updates

  • Brethren Volunteer Service seeks testimonies

    Are you a former Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) volunteer? Do you have afond memory, a story to tell, or words of praise from your time in BVS? Do you love to talk about BVS, but have no one to talk to about it?

  • FaithX announces theme for 2022 summer service events

    Using 2 Corinthians 5:7 as a starting point, FaithX’s 2022 theme is “Boundless Faith.” This theme explores the different ways that the Bible describes Christian faith and seeks broader horizons in the faith we share.

  • Reflecting on a FaithX summer

    the workcamp ministry of the Church of the Brethren as an assistant coordinator. I could not have imagined all the things that would change in the next year and a half. When July rolled around, I headed to Elgin, Ill., to start my service, thankful that--despite the COVID-19 pandemic--at least one thing I planned would still be happening.


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