Chicagohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/ChicagoChicagoIllinois<p> <strong>Join a community.</strong> The Chicago MVS unit is located in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood filled with close-knit families and an abundance of public murals. On a typical summer evening, children can be seen playing games along the sidewalks, families sitting on porches late into the evening, and music heard playing through open windows. The area is also known for its animated community life. Nearby public transportation helps connect MVSers with Chicago’s broader diversity.</p><p>​The life and well-being of the unit and its members is actively nurtured by the supporting congregation. This includes an engaged support committee and a part-time local program coordinator. Chicago Community Mennonite Church is passionate about valuing and validating each person. It makes decisions by consensus and seeks to provide resources to aid the MVS unit in shaping its life together in a similar way.</p><p> <strong>Join a congregation. </strong>Located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago Community Mennonite Church (CCMC) is the supporting congregation of the Chicago unit. Many CCMC members are involved in their community through peace, justice, service, and education work. There is also a close association with Christian Peacemaker Teams, among other Mennonite-affiliated ministries. MVSers are invited to actively participate in the life of the congregation by leading worship, teaching Sunday school, or maintaining a community garden. CCMC has a strong community with several members living close to the MVS unit house in the Pilsen neighborhood.</p><p> <strong>Join a cause.</strong> Chicago MVSers will combine their gifts and abilities to follow Christ in their career as they serve those affected by political, social and economic injustice. The oldest and strongest association is with <a id="Erie Neighborhood House" name="Erie Neighborhood House" title="Erie Neighborhood House" target="_blank" href="http://eriehouse.org/">Erie Neighborhood House​</a>, which seeks to strengthen and resource low-income families. Typical unit placements include community literacy workers, after-school program facilitators, English as a Second Language instructors, preschool teachers, and friends to the elderly. Most placements include a commute on Chicago’s public transportation system. </p>

 

 

Community Organizerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/534195/Community OrganizerCommunity OrganizerBrighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)Chicago, Illinois
After School Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/534194/After School Program AssistantAfter School Program AssistantBrighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)Chicago, Illinois
Elder Care Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/524055/Elder Care Program AssistantElder Care Program AssistantLittle Brothers - Friends of the ElderlyChicago, Illinois
Youth Organizerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/536760/Youth OrganizerYouth OrganizerBrighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)Chicago, Illinois
After School Program Specialisthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535408/After School Program SpecialistAfter School Program SpecialistGirls in the GameChicago, Illinois
Early Childhood Teacher Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/527066/Early Childhood Teacher AssistantEarly Childhood Teacher AssistantErie Neighborhood HouseChicago, Illinois
Program Coordinator and Coachhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/536219/Program Coordinator and CoachProgram Coordinator and CoachChicago RunChicago, Illinois
Communications Supporthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/536220/Communications SupportCommunications SupportFaith in PlaceChicago, Illinois
Early Childhood Program Supportive Services Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/527067/Early Childhood Program Supportive Services AssistantEarly Childhood Program Supportive Services AssistantErie Neighborhood HouseChicago, Illinois
Youth Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/527068/Youth Program AssistantYouth Program AssistantErie Neighborhood HouseChicago, Illinois

 

 

Frequently asked questions about MVShttps://www.mennonitemission.net/info1/Frequently asked questions about MVSFrequently asked questions about MVS