QVS will partner with agencies and organizations that offer direct support to marginalized individuals and communities, and that strive to transform unjust systems. Volunteers will be placed by QVS after a process of mutual discernment with the volunteer and the cooperating partners as to the gifts and interests of the volunteers and the needs of the community and organization. QVS seeks to facilitate work through service that will lead volunteers to deeper understanding of underlying structural oppression through meaningful work involving learning & growth. QVS volunteers will have direct experience of answering that of God in others through real relationships with real people.
Atlanta, Philadelphia, Portland, and Boston
Funding & Benefits
Stipend: Small living stipend.
Fundraising: Asked to raise at least $2,000 before and throughout the year.
AmeriCorps Education Awards: No
Loan Forbearance: Yes
Intentional living community: Yes
Travel and Transportation: Provided.
Health Insurance: Provided.
At the heart of the year is a deep emphasis on reflection. In regular one-on-one meetings with a spiritual nurturer or spiritual care committee, in a structured group setting with fellow Volunteers, and in many informal ways, Volunteers will find both the space and the supportive context to engage difficult questions that arise through the inevitable crossing of boundaries of perceived difference.
Mission & Distinctives
Boldly and deeply Quaker – grounded in worship, forming leadership for the present and the future of Friends. Passionately engaged in service and social justice – both helping change the world and being transformed together through the experience. Practicing radical hospitality and inclusiveness – with one another and in the community, following the ministry and message of Jesus. This is the vision and the unfolding mission of Quaker Voluntary Service.
We recognize that Friends today are being invited to rediscover and reclaim the living tradition of Quaker service for our time, offering new models built on enduring truths. Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) speaks into that need, and offers that opportunity.
Living four core Values: Community, Service, Transformation, and the Quaker Way. An experiment in faithfulness in the Friends’ tradition. An opportunity to find your gifts, and to help change the world.
- Grounded in Quaker faith and practice, QVS volunteers will engage in regular worship both within the QVS community and with local Friends meetings and/or churches. Through these relationships, QVS interns will give and receive ongoing spiritual support and nurture.
- QVS is open to any young adult age 21-30 interested in living simply within an intentional Quaker community, experiencing Quaker worship and process, and openly engaging questions of faith and service in the world.
- QVS welcomes applications from young adults at least 21 years of age, who are US citizens, and who are self-motivated, mature, and stable. Volunteers should want to grow in the areas of spirituality, justice, community, and simplicity/sustainability. Volunteers often find themselves in new and unexpected situations, so flexibility, openness, and a sense of humor are essential.
- QVS is open to persons from all spiritual traditions. However, there is a strong expectation that you will engage in regular Quaker worship and practice, so volunteers who are not Quaker should be interested in exploring and learning about this faith tradition. QVS does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, creed, culture, disability, economic class, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
- Through simple, communal living, volunteers learn to care for self and others. In addition to their service placements, QVS volunteers will share living space, meals, care for the home, and all aspects of day to day life. They will construct a “community covenant” – an agreement guiding interactions in the house, using Friends worshipful discernment practices. Connections to the local Friends meeting or church and to the wider QVS Network offer support to this process in a variety of ways. The lessons learned through participation in intentional community will stay with volunteers for the rest of their lives.