New Brethren Volunteer Service workers complete winter orientation

The Brethren Volunteer Service workers in Unit 328, who took part in the 2021 Winter orientation, are pictured in a Zoom event with BVS staff. Top row, from left: Pauline Liu, coordinator of volunteers for BVS; Emily Tyler, director of BVS; Kara Miller, orientation assistant. Middle row: Claire Horrell, Sam Zientek, Matthew Bateman. Bottom row: Ronah Kavumba.

Brethren Volunteer Service has welcomed four new volunteers who completed the 2021 Winter orientation as part of BVS Unit 328. The orientation was held as a virtual, online event because of pandemic restrictions on in-person gatherings.

Here are the volunteers in Unit 328, their hometowns and/or congregations, and their project placements:

Matthew Bateman of Seattle, Wash., will be serving at the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan.

Claire Horrell of Jackson, Mo., will be serving at El Centro Arte Para la Paz in Suchitoto, El Salvador.

Ronah Kavumba of Kampala, Uganda, is waiting for her pending project placement.

Sam Zientek of Wernersville, Pa., who is from Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, will be serving at L’Arche Chicago, Ill.

— Pauline Liu, BVS Volunteer Coordinator, provided this information to Newsline. Find out more about BVS and how to apply at


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