Brethren Volunteer Service welcomes ten volunteers

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Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 331 pictured at Camp Wilber Stover.
Top row, from left: Michael Brewer-Berres, Interim BVS Program Assistant; Emily Bowdle, BVS Orientation Assistant.
Middle row, from left: Moritz Hinner, Billy Harness, Benjamin Hoffmann, Virginia Rendler, Lucas Kohler Caravaca, Franka Evers, Grace Elliott.
Front row, from left: Martha Hummer, Chloe Soliday, Lena Lippert.

The Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Summer Unit 331 held orientation at Camp Wilbur Stover in New Meadows, Idaho, from Aug. 9 through Aug. 17, the first time BVS orientation has been hosted at the camp. It was also the largest in-person orientation group since the pandemic started, said Pauline Liu, coordinator of volunteers for BVS. The 10 volunteers included five from EIRENE, a partner organization based in Germany.

Here are the volunteers in Unit 331, their hometowns and/or congregations, and their project placements:

Lucas Kohler Caravaca of Berlin, Germany will be serving at SnowCap in Fairview, Ore.

Grace Elliott of Fort Littleton, Pa., will be serving at the Brethren Nursery School in Rwanda.

Franka Evers of Bochum, Germany will be serving at Abode Services in Fremont, Calif.

Billy Harness of North, Liberty, Ind., who is from the North Liberty Church of the Brethren, also will be serving at SnowCap.

Moritz Hinner of Winningen, Germany will be serving at Highland Park Elementary School in Roanoke, Va.

Benjamin Hoffmann of Pfullendorf, Germany will be serving at Ferncliff in Little Rock, Ark.

Martha Hummer of Jonestown, Pa., who is from Annville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, will be serving with Brethren Disaster Ministries at the rebuilding project in Waverly, Tenn.

Lena Lippert of Altena, Germany also will be serving with Abode Services.

Virginia Rendler of North Manchester, Ind., who is from Manchester Church of the Brethren, will be serving at Corrymeela in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

Chloe Soliday of Saxton, Pa., who is from Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa., is awaiting her project placement.

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