Young adults

 meaningful service 

simple living

spiritual growth

intentional community

YEAR-LONG PROGRAM

 WASHINGTON, DC 

 

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

Overview

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.

PLACEMENTS

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

  • Mobile Med

  • Pan American Development Foundation

  • Project Create

  • Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
     

Scroll down to learn more.

APPLY

Apply now! Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Note: We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program. Applicants encouraged to apply by March 1, 2021.

 

Due to safety precautions related to the pandemic, interviews will be conducted by video.

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FINANCIAL

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

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.

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LIVING

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Agency Placements

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?
 
 
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AIM

Communications Specialist

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. 

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L'ARCHE

Assistant Intern

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.

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PROJECT CREATE

Intern

Project Create offers out-of-school-time arts programs for some of the most vulnerable children in the District. 

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CAIR

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

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MOBILE MED

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

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SAMARITAN MINISTRY

Intern Caseworker

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.   

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COMMUNITY OF HOPE

Patient Advocate

Community of Hope DC’s mission is to improve health and end family homelessness to make Washington, DC more equitable.

Note: Car desirable

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PADF

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

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SASHA BRUCE

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.