Be part of the bigger picture.  

Plug into a community. 

Join the neighborhood.

Grow somewhere new. 

Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) is a one-year volunteer service experience for individuals age 20+, with the opportunity for a placement extension for an additional one to two years.  

MVSers play integral roles in transforming community social systems relating to health, education, immigration, food, housing and more. Join in this shared mission of actively working toward a more peaceful and just world. No pressure, though — after applying, we'll work alongside you to determine which placement is your perfect fit. 

 

MVS placements fill up fast! 

Apply by January 31 to have the widest selection of placements and locations for the 2024-25 service term. A year (or two!) with MVS is an chance to grow somewhere new  — serving with a local nonprofit, joining in fellowship with a host church, and exploring what God is doing in communities around the country.   

Want to learn more? Join in a Zoom Q&A with MVS representatives on February 21st! Open to parents and individuals, this is a great way to learn about what your MVS year will look like, direct from the experts! Reach out to Michael Oyer for more information through email or text (574-523-3041).


Experience service in a new way 

MVSers engage in instant community through two ways: 

  1. MVS participants live in a house together, sharing joys and challenges, meals and adventures while mutually supporting each other. 

  1. MVS units are hosted by local Mennonite churches that encourage, challenge, and work alongside MVS volunteers. 

Making it work: 

  • Student loan scholarships are available to all volunteers who have college debt and complete a term of service. Most loans can also be deferred during a term of service. 
  • Throughout the service term, all basic needs such as food, housing, health care, transportation, and a personal stipend are provided. 
  • Placements provide opportunities to develop skills and gain real-world experience that help you stand out to future employers. Engage your passion or try something new – MVS placements connect you with grassroot nonprofits and their vital, everyday work in the local community. 

 

 

Educational Gardens Coordinatorhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/541054/Educational Gardens CoordinatorEducational Gardens CoordinatorAlamosa, Colorado
Home Repair Workerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/120613/Home Repair WorkerHome Repair WorkerTucson, Arizona
PALS Children's Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535051/PALS Children's Program AssistantPALS Children's Program AssistantAlamosa, Colorado
Health Associatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535074/Health AssociateHealth AssociateAlamosa, Colorado
Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535076/Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) Program AssistantRio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) Program AssistantAlamosa, Colorado
Restorative Justice and Justice Reform positionshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/120281/Restorative Justice and Justice Reform positionsRestorative Justice and Justice Reform positionsAlamosa, Colorado
Supportive Housing Project Associatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/536286/Supportive Housing Project AssociateSupportive Housing Project AssociateSan Francisco, California
Immigrant Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535223/Immigrant AssistantImmigrant AssistantAlamosa, Colorado

 Units

 

 

San Franciscohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/San FranciscoSan FranciscoCaliforniaMVSers engage with issues of poverty, homelessness and housing in a vibrant urban setting. They also support mothers and children, work with people on the street, and advocate for nonviolent change in society.
Tucsonhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/TucsonTucsonArizonaNestled between four mountain ranges and buzzing with the energy of a university city, Tucson offers enriching service opportunities with the enchanting Sonoran Desert as its backdrop. Volunteers work with low-income home repair, teach English literacy, help the community food bank, and more - all while learning about issues surrounding the borderlands and indigenous people.
Chicagohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/ChicagoChicagoIllinoisJoin 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.
Alamosahttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/AlamosaAlamosaColoradoEnjoy the mountains of rural Colorado and a small Anabaptist fellowship, while meeting critical community needs such as immigration, housing, restorative justice, and environmental restoration.

 MVS videos

 

 

MVS: what about money?MVS MinuteVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4984/MVS-what-about-moneyMVS: what about money?
Take your career for a test-drive with MVS!MVS MinuteVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4982/Take-your-career-for-a-test-drive-with-MVSTake your career for a test-drive with MVS!
Your support makes service opportunities happen!WATCHVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/5010/Your-support-makes-service-opportunities-happenYour support makes service opportunities happen!By Travis Duerksen
MVS = instant community!MVS MinuteVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4983/MVS-instant-communityMVS = instant community!
Grow somewhere new with MVS!MVSVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4964/Grow-somewhere-new-with-MVSGrow somewhere new with MVS!
The secret to living simply? It’s complicated!MVSVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4967/The-secret-to-living-simply-It’s-complicatedThe secret to living simply? It’s complicated!

 The latest

 

 

Redefining the future of servicehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5047/Are-service-programs-dyingRedefining the future of serviceBy Eric Frey Martin

 

 

Redefining the future of serviceBloghttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5047/Are-service-programs-dyingRedefining the future of serviceBy Eric Frey Martin
Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part two)12 days of servicehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5019/Counting-down-the-twelve-days-of-service-with-MVS-and-Service-Adventure-part-twoCounting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part two)By Travis Duerksen
Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part one)12 Days of Servicehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5018/Counting-down-the-twelve-days-of-service-with-MVS-and-Service-Adventure-part-1Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part one)By Travis Duerksen
MVS: what about money?MVS MinuteVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4984/MVS-what-about-moneyMVS: what about money?
Take your career for a test-drive with MVS!MVS MinuteVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/4982/Take-your-career-for-a-test-drive-with-MVSTake your career for a test-drive with MVS!
Your support makes service opportunities happen!WATCHVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/video/5010/Your-support-makes-service-opportunities-happenYour support makes service opportunities happen!By Travis Duerksen

 More programs

 

 

background: rgb(173,167,162); background: linear-gradient(0deg, rgba(173,167,162,1) 0%, rgba(218,208,204,1) 35%);https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/just%20peace%20pilgrimage, https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/just%20peace%20pilgrimageLearn together how to walk in solidarity
background: rgba(250,216,165,1); background: -moz-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,216,165,1) 0%, rgba(252,184,74,1) 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(radial, center center, 0px, center center, 100%, color-stop(0%, rgba(250,216,165,1)), color-stop(100%, rgba(252,184,74,1))); background: -webkit-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,216,165,1) 0%, rgba(252,184,74,1) 100%); background: -o-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,216,165,1) 0%, rgba(252,184,74,1) 100%); background: -ms-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,216,165,1) 0%, rgba(252,184,74,1) 100%); background: radial-gradient(ellipse at center, rgba(250,216,165,1) 0%, rgba(252,184,74,1) 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#fad8a5', endColorstr='#fcb84a', GradientType=1 );https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Youth%20Venture, /Serve/Youth VentureAges 15–22
background: rgba(201,240,237,1); background: -moz-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(201,240,237,1) 0%, rgba(149,214,210,1) 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(radial, center center, 0px, center center, 100%, color-stop(0%, rgba(201,240,237,1)), color-stop(100%, rgba(149,214,210,1))); background: -webkit-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(201,240,237,1) 0%, rgba(149,214,210,1) 100%); background: -o-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(201,240,237,1) 0%, rgba(149,214,210,1) 100%); background: -ms-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(201,240,237,1) 0%, rgba(149,214,210,1) 100%); background: radial-gradient(ellipse at center, rgba(201,240,237,1) 0%, rgba(149,214,210,1) 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#c9f0ed', endColorstr='#95d6d2', GradientType=1 );https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/SOOP, /Serve/SOOPFamilies, retirees, and adults 25+
background: rgba(233,245,191,1); background: -moz-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(233,245,191,1) 0%, rgba(207,225,143,1) 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(radial, center center, 0px, center center, 100%, color-stop(0%, rgba(233,245,191,1)), color-stop(100%, rgba(207,225,143,1))); background: -webkit-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(233,245,191,1) 0%, rgba(207,225,143,1) 100%); background: -o-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(233,245,191,1) 0%, rgba(207,225,143,1) 100%); background: -ms-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(233,245,191,1) 0%, rgba(207,225,143,1) 100%); background: radial-gradient(ellipse at center, rgba(233,245,191,1) 0%, rgba(207,225,143,1) 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#e9f5bf', endColorstr='#cfe18f', GradientType=1 );https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Mennonite%20Voluntary%20Service, /Serve/Mennonite Voluntary ServiceAges 20+
background: rgba(250,169,160,1); background: -moz-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,169,160,1) 0%, rgba(242,112,95,1) 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(radial, center center, 0px, center center, 100%, color-stop(0%, rgba(250,169,160,1)), color-stop(100%, rgba(242,112,95,1))); background: -webkit-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,169,160,1) 0%, rgba(242,112,95,1) 100%); background: -o-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,169,160,1) 0%, rgba(242,112,95,1) 100%); background: -ms-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(250,169,160,1) 0%, rgba(242,112,95,1) 100%); background: radial-gradient(ellipse at center, rgba(250,169,160,1) 0%, rgba(242,112,95,1) 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#faa9a0', endColorstr='#f2705f', GradientType=1 );https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Service%20Adventure, /Serve/Service AdventureAges 17–20
background: rgba(93,227,220,1); background: -moz-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(93,227,220,1) 0%, rgba(0,178,172,1) 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(radial, center center, 0px, center center, 100%, color-stop(0%, rgba(93,227,220,1)), color-stop(100%, rgba(0,178,172,1))); background: -webkit-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(93,227,220,1) 0%, rgba(0,178,172,1) 100%); background: -o-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(93,227,220,1) 0%, rgba(0,178,172,1) 100%); background: -ms-radial-gradient(center, ellipse cover, rgba(93,227,220,1) 0%, rgba(0,178,172,1) 100%); background: radial-gradient(ellipse at center, rgba(93,227,220,1) 0%, rgba(0,178,172,1) 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#5de3dc', endColorstr='#00b2ac', GradientType=1 );https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/International%20Ministries, /Serve/International MinistriesAges 18+

 

 

Frequently asked questions about MVShttps://www.mennonitemission.net/info/3221/Frequently asked questions about MVSFrequently asked questions about MVS

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​