Brethren Volunteer Service winter unit completes orientation, volunteers go to project sites

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 330, the winter 2022 unit, has completed orientation, and the newly trained volunteers have begun work at their project sites.

Shown here are the new volunteers, from left: Johannes Stitz of Westphalia, Germany, who will serve at SnowCap Food Pantry in Fairview, Ore.; Marvin Blenkle of Berlin, Germany, who will serve with Harrisburg (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren and bcmPEACE; Tate Johnson of McPherson, Kan., and McPherson Church of the Brethren, who will serve at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock, Ark.; and Florian Wesseler of Westphalia Germany, who will serve at SnowCap Food Pantry in Fairview, Ore.

The winter orientation was held at Camp Bethel near Fincastle, Va., from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4. The new BVSers and staff visited Troutville Church of the Brethren and Daleville Church of the Brethren. Two workdays were held at the Botetourt Worship and Outreach Center. One workday was held at Camp Bethel.

Find out more about Brethren Volunteer Service at

The next orientations will be held July 31-Aug. 19 at Camp Wilbur Stover, New Meadows, Idaho (applications are due June 19, with flexibility), and Sept. 18-Oct. 7 at Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, Mich. (applications are due Aug. 7, with flexibility). Find the application form to take part in BVS at

— Pauline Liu, volunteer coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service, contributed to this report.


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