Brethren Volunteer Service Announces Its 278th Orientation Unit

“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008″

(Jan. 7, 2008) — Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has announced the dates of its 2008 Winter Orientation Unit, to be held Jan. 27-Feb. 15 at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla. This will be the 278th unit for BVS and will include eight volunteers from across the US and Germany.

Several Church of the Brethren members will attend, with the remaining volunteers come from varied faith backgrounds.

A highlight of the three-week orientation will be a weekend immersion experience in Miami, Fla., as well as volunteer work in the Orlando area. In the Miami and Orlando areas, the group will have the opportunity to work at food banks, nature preserves, nonprofit organizations, and Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers also will work at Camp Ithiel for a day.

A BVS potluck is open to all those who are interested on Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Camp Ithiel. “Please feel free to come and welcome the new BVS volunteers and to share your own experiences,” said an invitation from Beth Merrill of the BVS staff. For more information contact the BVS office at 800-323-8039 ext. 423.

“As always your thoughts and prayers are welcome and needed,” Merrill added. “Please remember this new unit and the people they will touch during their year of service through BVS.”


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