ABOUT US

Founded in 1985, the Westmoreland Service Corps is open to all individuals regardless of faith tradition or beliefs. Our nonsectarian sponsor is the open and inviting Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. WSC is also affiliated with the national UCC Young Adult Service Corps.

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© 2019 Westmoreland Service Corps

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 (WSC 2013)

* 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 members 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:
 

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.

OTHER DETAILS

Service area: Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, DC


Service length: 11 months (July through June)

Program size: 5 members per year

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.

WSC members 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.

LIVING
TO APPLY

Applications accepted starting January 2 and considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. After initial review, finalists are brought to DC for interviews.

 
 
 
 
 
 
So what are you waiting for?

If you're a college senior or 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.