IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“I'll never forget my first prison visit with CAIR. My heart broke. My world was rocked. I struggled to find the words to say to console a mother separated from her daughter for more than a month. I vowed in that moment to make fighting for human rights and social justice my life's work. I'm beyond grateful for the experience.”
— Jamal, Brooklyn
* name changed to protect privacy
The Westmoreland Service Corps (WSC) offers five young adults an opportunity for year-long meaningful service, simple living and spiritual growth in intentional community. WSC fellows tackle challenging societal issues through work in health care, social services, social justice, legal aid and immigrant rights agencies in eleven-month placements in the Washington, DC area. A dedicated community counselor encourages and supports individual spiritual growth and exploration of values.
WSC has a history of changing lives ... of those who serve and those who benefit from their involvement. Partner agencies may include:
Action in Montgomery (AIM)
Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (CAIR)
Community of Hope
L'Arche Greater Washington
Pan American Development Foundation
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
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Applications for the 2022-2023 program year will be accepted starting in January and will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Commuting allowance, health insurance and $650 personal monthly stipend for food and personal expenses provided through agency placement.
Housing, utilities provided by church for a modest monthly rent.
Roundtrip travel to Washington, DC covered for candidate interviews with agency placements and WSC board members.
One trip home financially supported during year of service.
Annual and/or sick leave follows practice of agency where volunteer serves.
Training provided on-the-job by employing service agencies, which typically have a great deal of experience integrating several new members each year.
Participation encouraged in annual DC-based Ecumenical Advocacy training and activities.
WSC board members assigned as mentors to provide support.
Service area: Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, DC
Service length: 11 months (Aug. 1 through June 30)
Program size: 5 fellows per year
Residents of the house agree to and follow COVID precautions to help ensure their health and safety.
WSC fellows live together in a furnished house on DC-MD border with easy access to bus and metro lines in the Washington, DC area.
Private bedrooms, shared bathrooms.
Shared cleaning responsibilities; shared cooking encouraged.
Community meetings are required one evening each week with a community counselor who provides support for community living, exploration of values, and adaptation to new work environment.
Three retreats per year with WSC board members and community counselor.
If you're a college senior, a recent graduate or someone still discerning a calling or career — and you have a passion for social justice and an interest in helping others — we encourage you to consider Westmoreland Service Corps.
So what are you waiting for?
Action in Montgomery (AIM) builds citizen power to effect change by developing leaders in congregations, public schools, and neighborhood associations to act
together on issues that matter to their communities. Issues tackled include affordable housing, transit justice, the Maryland DREAM Act, and more.
L’Arche Greater Washington, DC provides four residential homes where core members (adults with intellectual disabilities) and assistants (people who support them) choose to live life together like a family.
Legal Assistant – Detained Adult Program
Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (CAIR) strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond.
Note: Spanish strongly preferred
Clinic Facilitator or NIH Endocrine Clinic Facilitator
Mobile Medical Care serves low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid-enrolled residents through a network of seven primary care clinics and two specialty care clinics located throughout Montgomery County to reach areas of greatest unmet medical need.
Note: Spanish required
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is a faith-based community partnership – bringing together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness or other debilitating challenges – with partner leaders, donors, volunteers and staff in a shared ministry that improves the lives of all throughout the Washington area.
Year of Service Fellowship
Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) works with vulnerable populations across Latin American and the Caribbean to improve human development and human security.
Note: Spanish required
Fellow in Admin or Residential Programs or Community-Based Programs
Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good physical and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.