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What are you doing after graduation? Join Us!

Interested in developing new skills and gaining new experiences after graduation in your field? Interested in serving with a non-profit? Interested in living in an intentional community and working in the local community? Voluntary service is for you!

Join a community. The Dean House Voluntary Service Unit is located in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, and across the street from its supporting congregation. Stay locally in Harrisonburg and continue to enjoy the college town full of cultural and linguistic diversity, thriving arts scene, and nationally recognized outdoor recreation opportunities.  Take advantage of the proximity to Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville and Washington, DC.

Join a congregation. Community Mennonite Church is a growing, multi-generational, and welcoming congregation. Many CMCers are engaged with the local community through education, justice and service work. VSers are invited to participate in congregational life through Sunday morning worship, small groups, weekly kids club, Sunday school, church activities and more.

Join a cause.  Placement options are varied and involve community organizing, immigrant justice, healthcare access, and others. 


To apply, go to and scroll down for the VS button. The Dean House Voluntary Service unit seeks applicants for full-time volunteer placements starting September 1, 2018.  VS volunteers will be placed with one of several participating non-profit organizations in Harrisonburg. Placements include: New Bridges, the Fairfield Center,  Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, Harrisonburg City Schools, Johann Zimmermann LLC, and the Collins Center.

Candidates should be excited to work with and learn from a local non-profit organization, interested in living in community, and willing to make a one-year commitment.  They should also be energetic self-starters with good problem-solving skills, and fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Volunteers are people on a spiritual path and are comfortable engaging with a religious congregation (Community Mennonite Church is the sponsoring congregation for the Dean House Voluntary Service unit). 

Volunteers will receive a monthly living stipend, as well as room and board in downtown Harrisonburg.

Contact Jason Gerlach for more information.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA