Passionate about the environment and willing to advocate and perhaps do some physical work? Excited about meeting cargo ship workers from around the world and offering them hospitality? Imagining that “Church” can happen in new and different ways? Do you have a heart for the homeless or those who are abused? Hear what’s going on already and what could be going on if you join us! Two new exciting worksites have joined us this year with the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland: Intern for Mission (Environment, Public Policy, and Truth/Reconciliation) and Intern for Faith and Finance. Contact the Director firstname.lastname@example.org. See our website http://escmaryland.org and click on “partnership in service” to find out more about worksites.
Our sixth class began in August 2016. Some basics about our program:
- Gileads work as full-time volunteers (35 hours a week) in nonprofit agencies.
- But they work at least 40 hours a week in the program including
- one afternoon a week with the Reflections Team
- weekly house community meetings
- once a month with a spiritual mentor
- 3 four day retreats during the course of the year
- personal stipend $200/month, housing, food stipend in a common pool, great health insurance if needed, transportation stipend
- cars are allowed, though transportation stipend =cost of monthly transit pass
- transition grant at the end of the full year of service
What do alumni do? About one third of the Gileads stay or return to Baltimore- continuing their lives in the wider community, as well as connecting to current Gileads. As of Spring 2016, over one third of alumni have received either advanced certification in their fields or have received professional degrees. They teach (ESL in Indonesia and Russia, with TFA in Baltimore and the Louisiana Delta, elementary school children in Baltimore,) they go to graduate school (Seminary, Law School, Medical School, Social Work,) they work with youth and young adults (Diocese of Maryland, Diocese of California, Baltimore) they work with refugees in Beirut with the Mennonites, they continue work with non-profits, they develop their own businesses, etc etc. And they support our ESCMaryland program as board members, interview team, resource and worksite support, and as friends in the neighborhood to current corps members.
From Gwen, Gilead 2013-2014: Reasons to come to Baltimore for a year of service
Check out current interns blogging at http://www.escmaryland.org/category/2016-2017/
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