Baltimore, MD


“When we stand by a neighborhood, welcome the persons who find no hospitality elsewhere and dare to dream great things, we as the Church offer the gifts of will and of hope.” Bishop John L Rabb, Bishop Suffragan retired, Diocese of Maryland.

Episcopal Service Corps-Maryland was formed in part to answer Bishop Rabb’s challenge for the church to be a beacon of hope for the city. Looking to make a difference?  This may be your opportunity!

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 for the coming 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 See our website and click on “partnership in service” to find out more about worksites.

Our fifth class is finishing up their year at the end of July, but the community is still active at home, in the neighborhood and in the city.  In addition to the work of forming an intentional community together in their city home, Gileads work as full-time volunteers (35 hours a week) in nonprofit agencies.   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.

From Gwen, Gilead 2013-2014: Reasons to come to Baltimore for a year of service

Less serious:
 1. Camden Yards is the most beautiful baseball park in the country (in my opinion)
2. We’re more diverse and more interesting than DC
3. We’re wittier, more intelligent and better looking than other cities
4. Feel hardcore when someone asks where you live and they say, “Oh, like The Wire?”
5. Pretty much the most badass thing to say when someone asks where you’re from except for maybe Detriot
6. National Bohemian
7. John Waters
8. Speaking of the Wire, we can totally watch the show and recognize everywhere that’s shot or mentioned.
9. Our people watching is better
More serious:
1. Penn Station is a gateway to every major city in the east coast; living in Baltimore and taking daytrips to DC is way better than actually living in DC (can you tell I’m a little biased)
2. South of the city through DC is one of the only areas in the country experiencing really heavy economic growth, so it’s a good location if you want to stick around and get a job afterward
3. The arts scene is thriving, with recent grants from the National Endowment for the Arts totaling over 2.5 mill, with free museums like BMA and the Walters, a significant and famed street art scene, and public festivals like artscape growing every year.
4. Realize your capacity to understand and relate to a hugely diverse population of all different races & creeds.
5. Become familiar with Baltimore’s vast network of nonprofits and social justice minded organizations to start a career that makes a difference.
6. The Great Kids Farm is emblematic of a larger Baltimore-wide cultivation of urban farms and green spaces which make our city ecologically richer, our people handier and our food better

Check out current interns blogging at

Reflections from a 2012-2013 intern

Find us on Facebook at Episcopal Service Corps Maryland

Here’s our neighborhood in the news

What do alumni do?  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, NYC, 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, friends in the neighborhood to current corps members.

Some financial information: personal stipend of $200/month, housing, food stipend in a common pool, travel stipend, great health insurance if needed. A transition grant at the end of the full year of service.