Washington, DChttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/Washington, DCWashington, DC<p>​<strong>Join a community. </strong>Enrichment is essential to community life in the DC unit. During the year, the group gathers for several seminars and discussion about topics that MVSers are facing on a daily basis at their placements or in their home lives: racism, simple and sustainable living, and community living.Located in the Colombia Heights neighborhood, there are many income levels and people from a myriad of cultures. The house is three miles north of the Capitol building, two miles north of the White House. MVSers are a quick walk, Metro-ride or bicycle ride away from work. The three-story unit house can accommodate six MVSers, each with their own bedroom.</p><p><strong>Join a congregation. </strong>The DC unit is unique in that it has three supporting congregations. Each congregation offers its own perspective, but all three share a common vision for serving underprivileged people.</p><p>Hyattsville Mennonite Church (HMC) is located just outside DC in Hyattsville, Md. HMC invites MVSers to join them in serving lunches to people needing a warm meal through “The Community Café,” staffing the International Guest House and a rotating shelter called “Warm Nights,” and supporting adults with disabilities. As individuals, many of HMC’s 130 members work in nonprofits, government, and urban ministries in the DC metro area.</p><p>Community House Church (CHC) is a group of 25 people who are very committed to social justice, many of whom work and volunteer in various nonprofits. The faith community is lay-led and although some of its members came from the Mennonite tradition, it is not affiliated with any denomination. The house church worships on the first three Sundays of the month at Mary’s Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.</p><p>Washington Community Fellowship (WCF) serves children in the Urban Family Development ministry, and rents out office space to nonprofits. The 100-member congregation is multidenominational, affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, and is located a mile from the Capitol building.</p><p><strong>Join a cause.</strong> Capitol living offers a wide variety of ways to explore a vocation. MVSers can work with organizations in areas that include health, education, homelessness and poverty, advocacy, policy and law, immigration, religion, the arts, and with issues of race, gender and class. Each year, we have openings at 10-15 organizations serving a variety of populations.</p>

 

 

 

 

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