Mennonite Voluntary Service

Serve in community

Join an intentional community with peers, serve with a local nonprofit, and plug into your neighborhood and local congregation. Ages 20+.  1- or 2-year term.

 

 

Frequently asked questions about Mennonite Voluntary Servicehttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Pages/MVS-FAQs.aspxFrequently asked questions about Mennonite Voluntary Service

 

 

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 MVS in depth


Community

Ins​tant community

Instant community happens in two ways. First, MVS participants live in a house together sharing meals and mutually supporting each other. Second, MVS units are hosted by local Mennonite churches that encourage, challenge, and work alongside MVS volunteers.

Peace

A story of peace

MVS began in 1944 as a practical peaceful alternative to serving in the military. Over the years, MVS participants have played integral roles in transforming social systems relating to health, education, immigration, food, housing and more. MVS invites participants to continue to shape this shared story of actively working toward a more peaceful and just world.​

Career

Test drive a career

Placements at local nonprofit organizations provide chances to develop skills and gain new experiences that can be helpful in obtaining future employment. This experience can also jumpstart careers in a field that might be difficult to get into.

Faith

Opportunities for spiritual formation

Participants’ faith can be nurtured by attending a local Mennonite church, living in Christian community, one-to-one spiritual direction, and taking seminary classes.

Loans

Student loan assistance

Student loan scholarships are available to all volunteers who have college debt and complete a term of service. While serving, most loans can also be deferred.

Living

Room and board

MVS encourages volunteers to explore what it means to live simply and sustainably. During service, all basic needs such as food, housing, health care, transportation, and a personal stipend are provided from a shared purse.​

 Placements

 

 

Home Repair Workerhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Placements/Placements2.aspx?ID=1Home Repair WorkerTucsonThis Mennonite ministry provides home-repair services free of charge to low-income home owners. Experience is preferred. Two positions are available.
MVS: Placement with the NIJC-Goshenhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Placements/Placements2.aspx?ID=66MVS: Placement with the NIJC-GoshenGoshenAssist in providing direct legal service to low-income immigrants in Indiana.
Men Alive Program Assistanthttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Placements/Placements2.aspx?ID=61Men Alive Program AssistantElkhartTo assist us with sharing the heart of our agency with men who have some realistic hardships to overcome.

 

 

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 MVS Units

 

 

San Antoniohttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=13San AntonioTexasMVSers in San Antonio can serve with child care, health care, social service, home repair for low-income families, and legal service agencies.
Alamosahttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=8AlamosaColoradoEnjoy the mountains of rural Colorado and a small Anabaptist fellowship, while meeting critical community needs such as immigration, housing, restorative justice, and environmental restoration.
Puerto Ricohttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=99Puerto RicoPuerto RicoThe MVS unit in Aibonito serves with Academia Menonita Betania, a private, Christian, bilingual school serving around 160 students from kindergarten through ninth grade.
Elkharthttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=10ElkhartIndianaTry out a vocation of community development work in Elkhart, and make a difference in the diverse communities where participants live, serve, and worship.
Kansas Cityhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=11Kansas CityKansasKansas City volunteers serve their communities by finding housing and employment for refugees, developing and maintaining community gardens, advocating for migrant workers, and coordinating children's programs for kids of all ages.
Manhattanhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=12ManhattanNew YorkService opportunities in the Manhattan MVS unit focus on urban peace and service ministries particularly related to marginalized persons. Many MVSers work among the homeless, immigrants, and with those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Seattlehttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=14SeattleWashingtonMVS participants generally serve in environmental or human service agencies that focus on low- or no-income persons and marginalized individuals and families.
Washington, D.C.https://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=15Washington, D.C.District of ColumbiaMVSers can work with intergovernmental and human service organizations in areas including health, education, homelessness and poverty, advocacy, policy and law, immigration, religion, the arts, and with issues of race, gender and class.
Madisonhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=16MadisonWisconsinLive out your faith and explore a vocation, unique to your gifts, in areas like creation care, health care, and community development.
Tucsonhttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=6TucsonArizonaService options in Tucson focus on work with the poor and assisting low-income families.
San Franciscohttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=7San FranciscoCaliforniaMVSers engage with issues of poverty, homelessness and health (including HIV/AIDS) in a vibrant urban setting. They also nurture children, work with youth, and advocate for nonviolent change in society.
Chicagohttps://serve.mennonitemission.net/serve/Lists/Unit Locations/Units.aspx?ID=9ChicagoIllinoisJoin life in the diverse Pilsen neighborhood and enjoy fellowship with Chicago Community Mennonite Church. Explore God’s call to serve those affected by political, social, and economic injustice.

 

 

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