Mercy Volunteer Corps

Goal of Program

Mercy Volunteer Corps, committed to a more merciful and just world, invites women and men to a year of full-time service with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community, and spiritual growth.

Type of Placement

Positions available in homeless and community outreach, peace and justice advocacy, immigration and refugee services, legal work, elderly outreach, counseling, rural and urban agriculture, teaching (elementary, secondary, special education), tutoring (GED, adult literacy), after school programs, healthcare (nursing), therapy (physical, occupational, speech), and volunteer coordination.

Service Area

Continental United States, and Guyana, South America.

Service Length

One year commitment that begins at the end of July every year. Mercy Volunteers are welcome to apply for additional years of service.

Program Size

35-50 volunteers per year.


Volunteers must be 21 and older. Men and women. Single, married with no dependents. All faith traditions. High school diploma; work experience or college education for some positions. Certification and license if appropriate. Application, physical examination, and personal interview. Gifted with compassion, open-mindedness, a desire to grow and be challenged, and a sense of humor! It is preferred that applicants for international placement have some significant experience either in a cross-cultural setting or with those who are poor and marginalized.

Financial Arrangements

Housing, transportation, medical insurance, food & personal stipends, and school loan deferment. Volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to orientation in early August.

Living Arrangements

Mercy Volunteers live together in community.


One week of orientation is provided in August to familiarize volunteers with Mercy Volunteer Corps. On-site orientation is also provided to familiarize volunteers with the local culture, geographical area and site(s) of service. Mid-year and transitional retreats are offered as well as opportunities for support, and spiritual and personal growth. International volunteers complete a collaborative cross-cultural preparation prior to the MVC orientation.

Application Deadline

January 20 Priority deadline. February 15 Short Term. March 1 Final International. June 20 Final US.

Start Date



Marian Uba


1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Phone: 215 641-5535


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