Quaker Volunteer Service

Religious Affiliation

Quaker

Address

PO Box 17628
Atlanta, GA 30316  

Phone

(404) 721-4787

Overview

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.

Application Deadline

March 15th

Program Term

September-July

Locations

Atlanta, Philadelphia, Portland

Funding and Benefits

Stipend

Small living stipend.

Fundraising

Asked to raise at least $2,000 before and throughout the year.

AmeriCorps Education Awards

?

Loan Forbearance

?

Housing

Provided.

Intentional living community

Yes

Board

Provided.

Travel and Transportation

Provided.

Health Insurance

Provided.

Other benefits

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 and 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Testimonies

“Every day as a QVS volunteer I am challenged and inspired by the experiences and struggles of the people I meet at my work placement. In struggling with stories of survival and the overcoming of obstacles many have experienced, this work has released in me an appreciation for the resilient beauty that lies at the core of the human experience. The Atlanta Friends Meeting has served as a nurturing and supportive social grounding and safety net, and I have felt welcomed and accepted by them since the first day I arrived. They have also provided a safe space for the QVS volunteers to engage in deep spiritual work, and our mentors have been more than available to us in times when that work has been individual in nature and unique to our own paths of personal spiritual development.”

- Justin Leverett, 2012-2013 QVS volunteer