About BVS

What is BVS?

BVS is a full-time volunteer program that places adult volunteers in projects in the United States and some locations around the world to advocate justice, work for peace, serve human need, and care for creation. As part of BVS, volunteers share their time and talents to work at issues that are greater than themselves. Service through BVS provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in communities around the globe and the ability to gain real-world experience that develops professional and relational skills.

Sharing God’s love through acts of service

BVS seeks volunteers that hope to make a difference in the world while gaining practical professional experience, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and experiencing personal growth.

BVS challenges volunteers to act on their commitment and values so that they may offer themselves, their time, and their talents for work that makes a positive impact in the community. Each volunteer must bring a willingness to serve – working toward peace and justice, meeting the needs of humanity, and caring for the environment require a servant heart and dedication

BVS volunteers receive room, board, medical insurance, transportation to their project, and a monthly stipend of $250-$350 plus money allocated for food. In most cases, educational loans can be deferred. Depending on the project, volunteers may live alone, with a family, or in a group situation.

You can make a difference as a BVS volunteer! Apply today!

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Affiliation with the Church of the Brethren

The sponsoring denomination, the Church of the Brethren, has a rich heritage of service and emphasizes practicing faith in daily life. In fact, one of the church’s founders said that members would be known “by the manner of their living.” Founded in 1708, the Church of the Brethren is a historic peace church, along with the Mennonites and Quakers. The Church of the Brethren has special concern for the poor and oppressed, and recognizes the cost and joy of Christian discipleship. BVS was established in 1948 to provide an intentional way to share God’s love through acts of service.

Brethren Volunteer Service is part of the Service Ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Learn more about the Church of the Brethren.