Careers for the Common Good

Looking for a socially responsible vocation, that benefits the greater good of society? Consider this web resource list to get you started.

Areas of interest:

Children & Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Working to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Boy Scouts of America Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Girl Scouts of the USA Providing a comprehensive, informal education program which addresses the needs, concerns, and interests of girls ages 5-17, Girl Scouting helps girls to be their best today and tomorrow.
Junior Achievement Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success.
National 4-H Council Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities.
SADD SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
the Y An inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
Youth for Christ YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. We are rural and urban and we are always about the message of Jesus.

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Disabilities

Association for the Disabled of Elkhart County (ADEC) ADEC provides a full range of services dedicated to helping people with physical and developmental disabilities live fuller, richer, more meaningful lives.
Cardinal Services The mission of Cardinal Services is to support people with challenges or disabilities in reaching their personal goals.
Evansville ARC Evansville ARC is a national leader in creating a community in which individuals with disabilities are valued for their contributions as citizens.
L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is a non-profit interdenominational Christian community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their lives together.
MDC Goldenrod Focused on meeting the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, they operate homes for long-term residential care, short-term care, and an inter-dependent community.
Pathfinder Services, Inc. Pathfinder Services has a 45-year history of serving people with developmental disabilities in Huntington, Wabash, Marshall and Starke Counties in Indiana.
Share Foundation SHARE Foundation is a not-for-profit Christian organization serving the residential, vocational and social needs of other-abled adults.

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Disaster Relief

AmeriCares AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs – and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs – for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
American Red Cross The nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.
Church World Service Church World Service is an international relief, development and refugee assistance agency of thirty-five Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the U.S.
Mennonite Disaster Service Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.

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Environment & Wildlife

Dunes Learning Center Dunes Learning Center provides exceptional outdoor experiences to children and adults, inspiring community, environmental stewardship and a lifelong love of learning.
Greenpeace Greenpeace is the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world.
Farm Sanctuary Our shelters rescue, rehabilitate, and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses.
Hoosier Environmental Council Indiana`s largest state-wide environmental organization. We aim to address Indiana’s environmental challenges through education and advocacy.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College Merry Lea is a natural sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Indiana. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earth keeping.
National Parks Foundation The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.
National Wildlife Federation As America’s largest conservation organization, National Wildlife Federation works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre reserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies.
Village Acres Farm & FoodShed Connecting people to their food, the earth and each other.
Wildlife Conservation Society The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.

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Education

Academy for Urban School Leadership Improving student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary A Christian community focused on biblical study and leadership training for the church.
Bethany Christian Schools A private school for grades 6-12. Owned and operated by the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.
Bethel College (North Newton, KS) Bethel College educates leaders through faith and learning, building its programs on four central values: discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity.
Bluffton University A character-building education embodied in our four enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service.
Chinese Culture Center Our mission is to introduce Chinese culture to American people and to promote the understanding and friendship between American people and Chinese people by offering various cultural/educational classes and activities with schools and all other kinds of community organizations.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary Provides training programs and graduate degrees to prepare people for a variety of ministry and leadership roles in the church, academy and beyond.
Eastern Mennonite University Educates students to serve and lead in a global context. Our Christian community emphasizes sustainability, peace building and cross-cultural understanding.
Fresno Pacific University Fresno Pacific is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, offering leading academic programs, and ethical and spiritual development.
Goshen College Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible Christians.
Hesston College Hesston College, the two-year college of Mennonite Church USA, educates and nurtures each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life and faith for service to others in the church and the world.
International School Quality education founded upon a biblical worldview that trains students with an academic experience to confidently and persuasively engage their community and the world in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Iowa Mennonite School Within a caring community, IMS prepares students for lives of Christian discipleship, peacemaking and service.
Lancaster Mennonite School Lancaster Mennonite School provides an excellent education in a supportive environment that nurtures Christian faith, develops character, builds positive values and enables students to discover their gifts.
LCC International University Established in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations, LCC has distinguished itself in the region by offering a unique, future-oriented style of education and an interactive academic environment.
Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) A multicultural institution equipping excellent bilingual Christian leaders to be successful in San Jose, Costa Rica.
MeySen Academy MeySen Academy is one of Japan’s premiere educational institutions specializing in early childhood development and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Santiago Christian School SCS provides a challenging opportunity to make a difference with the upper class families in the Dominican Republic and influence the future of a nation
Teach Overseas TeachOverseas is a unique inter-denominational ministry that offers you the wisdom of experience with a cutting edge sensibility. Since 1981, we have transformed lives in a dozen different countries through hundreds of summer and year-long programs teaching conversational English.
Teach-us Mission International Christian Academy (TMICA) An experience of a lifetime is waiting for you in Guinea. In our boarding school, children are selected from all over Guinea, West Africa. You can be a teacher for 9 months and be a part of raising future leaders in Africa.
Western Mennonite School Established within a Christ-centered environment, our program focuses on students growing from their strengths and provides a setting for them to examine the significance of Christ’s teachings.

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Gap Year Programs

City Year Corps City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.
Discipleship Year Discipleship Year is a year-long residential experience that actively engages volunteers with issues of social justice and servant leadership.
DOOR DOOR is a faith-based network of six cities that provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within the urban context.
Eastern Mennonite Missions – YES YES provides opportunities for young adults (ages 18-30) to grow spiritually through an intensive, hands-on team learning and service experience; highly valued, high quality discipleship training.
Fellows Program An initiative of The Oregon Leadership Development Institute (OLDI), the Fellows Program is designed to engage young people in a focused, nine-month exploration of each Fellow’s unique purpose and vocational pathway, as informed by the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Jubilee Mennonite Church  – Young Adult Community This community will serve as a next step for young adults who are finding jobs after college, providing an opportunity to serve as a developing leader in a diverse and growing Mennonite congregation.
L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is a non-profit interdenominational Christian community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their lives together.Room and board, stipend, generous benefits package, and education grant provided.
Mennonite Mission Network At Mennonite Mission Network, there are two programs that offer the opportunity for students to serve during a gap year – international or community service experience.
Mission Year Mission Year is a yearlong program where Christian young people live in an urban neighborhood volunteering, worshiping, and loving their neighbors.
Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) PULSE is designed to equip and develop young people to be civic and community leaders with a heart for service.
Serving and Learning Together (SALT) SALT is a program of Mennonite Central Committee, it is a year-long cross-cultural service experience for Christian young adults from the United States and Canada.
Sharing with Appalachian People (SWAP) SWAP addresses sub-standard housing in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Participants will work with and for local homeowners “In the name of Christ”, sharing the message of God’s love and building relationships that serve to enrich all involved.
Urban Service Corps The Urban Service Corps is an experiential urban immersion service program designed to provide the time, space, and resources to discern one’s future and grow both spiritually and as a leader in the wider community.
United Church of Christ Young Adult Service Communities (UCC YASC) YASC interns live in community with each other and develop relationships with their host congregation, local community, and YASC groups in other locations while serving in an agency focusing on service/justice advocacy.

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Health & Medical Care

American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
American Diabetes Association Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
American Heart Association Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Center for Healing and Hope We are an urgent care center for the uninsured, the under-insured, and those with unmet health care needs in our community.
Global Health Corps Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity.
Grand Prairie Services The mission of Grand Prairie Services is the provision of holistic emotional and behavioral health services for individuals, families and communities.
Greencroft In keeping with its Mennonite heritage and philosophy, the mission of Greencroft is to provide facilities, services and programs for older adults, their families and community.
Hamilton Center Regional behavioral health system serving central and west central Indiana. We are “building hope and changing lives” through a broad array of behavioral health services for adults, children, adolescents and families.
Harbor Light Hospice Harbor Light Hospice’s mission is to facilitate access to dignified, end-of-life care and quality services that allow our patients and families the hospice option to live life richly, deeply and meaningfully for as long as it lasts.
Indiana University Health Indiana University Health’s mission is to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
Oaklawn Oaklawn provides comprehensive mental health and addictions services and believes in treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.
Operation Smile Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.

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Housing & Food

Feed the Hungry Feed the Hungry provides emergency and targeted relief in the US and around the world while feeding over 24,000 children daily.
Food for the Hungry Food for the Hungry embraces an intensely personal and biblical response to God’s call to end physical and spiritual hungers worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity Int’l A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
LaCasa of Goshen Works with individuals and community partners to create opportunity for personal growth, family stability, and neighborhood improvement.
Meals on Wheels Association of America National organization delivering meals to senior citizens. Service opportunities exist around the U.S. and likely locally, too.
Food Bank of Northern Indiana The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger.

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Humanitarian Assistance & Missions

American Refugee Committee The American Refugee Committee has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the past 30 years.
AmeriCorps A network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
The Carter Center A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute dedicated to fighting disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression.
Christian Peacemaker Teams CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers.
Heartline Pregnancy Center Heartline Pregnancy Center is dedicated to the Christ-centered service of individuals throughout the greater Warsaw area who are involved with an unplanned pregnancy.
MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA is an association of compassionate business women and men who invest in the lives of families living in poverty around the world.
Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes MCC workers serve with local churches and community groups in Canada, the United States and more than 50 countries addressing issues of peace, health, education, migration, justice, food and disasters.
Mennonite Mission Network Mennonite Mission Network is the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA; existing to lead, mobilize and equip the church to participate in holistic witness to Jesus Christ in a broken world.
Peace Corps Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
The Salvation Army Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Save the Children Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

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Human Rights Advocacy

American Association of Retired Persons AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
American Civil Liberties Union The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
American Humane Association The American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.
Center for Community Change The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives.
Children’s Defense Fund Exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.
Fund for Global Human Rights The Fund for Global Human Rights works to ensure a strong, effective human rights community worldwide.
Global Fund for Women The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world.
Just Help: Elkhart County Legal Advocacy Center Just Help represents low-income and/or non-English speaking individuals in civil matters at a rate significantly lower than traditional attorney fees.
The Leadership Institute-Women with Purpose, Inc. The Leadership Institute-Women with Purpose, Inc. (The LI) exists to develop and enhance leadership skills so women reach their potential.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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Media

Focus on the Family Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive.
KNOM Radio Mission Catholic radio station in Nome, Alaska that blends inspirational and educational programs, news, and music. KNOM strives to entertain, to engage, to inspire, and to inform the listeners of Western Alaska.
LeSEA Broadcasting Network Broadcasting to reach a million souls for Christ every day.  Since that time, this ministry has strived to reach the untold billions yet untold with the Gospel through many different outreaches.
MennoMedia MennoMedia produces faith-based print, video, radio and web resources – from a Mennonite perspective.
Skyangel Faith-based television programming with a vision to provide a global communications platform as an instrument of unity to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.

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Mennonite Affiliated

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary A Christian community focused on biblical study and leadership training for the church.
Bethany Christian Schools A private school for grades 6-12. Owned and operated by the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.
Bethel College (North Newton, KS) Bethel College educates leaders through faith and learning, building its programs on four central values: discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity.
Bluffton University A character-building education embodied in our four enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service.
Center for Healing and Hope We are an urgent care center for the uninsured, the under-insured, and those with unmet health care needs in our community.
Christian Peacemaker Teams Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God’s love.
Eastern Mennonite Missions An Anabaptist mission agency supported primarily by approximately 170 congregations in Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary Provides training programs and graduate degrees to prepare people for a variety of ministry and leadership roles in the church, academy and beyond.
Eastern Mennonite University Educates students to serve and lead in a global context. Our Christian community emphasizes sustainability, peace building and cross-cultural understanding.
Everence Everence (formerly MMA and Mennonite Financial) helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives.
Fresno Pacific University Fresno Pacific is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, offering leading academic programs, and ethical and spiritual development.
Goshen College Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible Christians.
Greencroft In keeping with its Mennonite heritage and philosophy, the mission of Greencroft is to provide facilities, services and programs for older adults, their families and community.
Hesston College Hesston College, the two-year college of Mennonite Church USA, educates and nurtures each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life and faith for service to others in the church and the world.
MDC Goldenrod Focused on meeting the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, they operate homes for long-term residential care, short-term care, and an inter-dependent community.
MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA is an association of compassionate business women and men who invest in the lives of families living in poverty around the world.
MennoMedia MennoMedia produces faith-based print, video, radio and web resources – from a Mennonite perspective.
Mennonite Church USA Our vision: Healing & Hope — God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.
Mennonite Camping Association Membership is open to camps, retreat centers, churches, other organizations and individuals who want to support the Mennonite-Anabaptist tradition of camping as part of the church’s ministry.
Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes MCC workers serve with local churches and community groups in Canada, the United States and more than 50 countries addressing issues of peace, health, education, migration, justice, food and disasters.
Mennonite Disaster Service Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.
Mennonite Mission Network Mennonite Mission Network is the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA; existing to lead, mobilize and equip the church to participate in holistic witness to Jesus Christ in a broken world.
Oaklawn Oaklawn provides comprehensive mental health and addictions services and believes in treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.
Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

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