Voluntary Service

Service can have a broad definition; it may include a year’s commitment with Mennonite Voluntary Service or volunteering once a month at your local Boys and Girls Club.

Besides helping to meet the world’s needs, service also gives you real world experience – what so many employers are looking for. Keep the option of service open throughout college and beyond.

Local organizations with service opportunities

  • 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.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Goshen

    Working to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

  • The Depot

    Locally owned and operated by MCC Resource Center. Volunteers can help sort, package, and process donated good for distribution overseas.

  • Goshen General Hospital

    The local hospital is part of the larger Goshen Health System, providing primary care, pharmaceuticals, urgent care and extended care. Many opportunities exist for volunteering at the hospital and learning more about medicine and health.

  • Goshen Adult Literacy Program

    Many dedicated volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring for adults who are reading below an eighth grade level, as well as classes in English as a New Language, Spanish, math, and basic computer skills.

  • 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.

  • Indiana Lakeland Girl Scouts

    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.

  • LaCasa of Goshen

    Works with individuals and community partners to create opportunity for personal growth, family stability, and neighborhood improvement.

  • Loveway, Inc.

    A non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center that strives to change the lives of challenged children by maximizing their abilities and minimizing their disabilities.

  • 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.

  • Mennonite Mutual Aid

    Serving more than two dozen different denominations, MMA provides financial and insurance services and planning to individuals and organizations. Use your professional skills in a Christian setting.

  • Oaklawn

    The organization provide comprehensive mental health and addictions services and believes in treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.

  • The Window

    A local ministry for the elderly and other individuals on a limited income. Includes a food pantry, clothing closet, and small kitchen serving meals.

Service opportunities throughout the US and abroad

  • 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.

  • Butler University

    Great resources for individuals considering a “gap” year. View a list of over 30 voluntary service programs in the US and abroad.

  • Charity Guide

    Charity Guide promotes opportunities to make a difference that are entirely flexible and immediately actionable. Make a difference in 15 minutes or learn about volunteer vacations.

  • Idealist.org

    Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

  • International Volunteer Programs Association

    Find links to non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work, funding opportunities, and informative publications.

  • Meals on Wheels

    National organization delivering meals to senior citizens. Service opportunities exist around the U.S. and likely locally, too.

  • Mennonite Camping Association

    A non-profit organization. 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

    MCC seeks to demonstrate God’s love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression, and natural disaster.

  • Mennonite Mission Network

    A mission agency of the Mennonite Church USA. Explore service opportunities in more than 50 countries.


    The Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience is designed to connect human resources to urban need. Talented college and university graduates are invited to experience a year of service and leadership in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Peace Corps

    A U.S. Government agency placing U.S. citizens in foreign countries. Volunteers work in a variety of fields, including agriculture, community development, education, business, health, and natural resources.

  • Servant Leadership School – Discipleship Year Program

    Live intentionally in Christian community in Washington DC, serve in inner-city placements, and learn to balance the outward journey of justice and service with a contemplative inward journey.

  • VolunteerAbroad.com

    Search thousands of volunteer opportunities located in countries around the world.

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