Trinity Volunteer Corps
Trinity Volunteer Corps, located in Washington, DC, offers young adults an experience of living in intentional community while serving full-time in social service agencies that serve the poor. TVC provides the chance to call the nation’s capitol home, learn about poverty while assisting and advocating for poor people, increase multi-cultural experience and understanding, and grow in spiritual practice. The program includes living in a separate home on church property, weekly meetings for reflection and formation, 3-5 retreats per year, and engagement of the congregation. Trinity Episcopal Church is a program-size parish with a rich liturgy and several outreach ministries. The members are predominantly professionals of African American, African, Caribbean and Caribbean American heritage.
Each of the five corps members has his or her own service site. Placements include an Episcopal elementary school for African American boys from socio-economically underprivileged families; the greater Washington area food bank; an educational center for emotionally and cognitively challenged children; a program that serves senior citizens and their housing needs; and a program that provides challenged youth and young adults with educational and career training. The eleven month program, late August through July, currently takes five service workers per year. Participants have the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award if they so choose. Applicants should be 21 years of age or older, with college degrees or some college and equivalent experience.