Community. Service. Transformation.

Quaker Voluntary Service is an experiment at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism, a year-long Fellowship program for young adults.

Spring 2023 Board Epistle

Read below for an Epistle from Board Clerk Damon Motz-Storey on the QVS strategic plan. Dear Friend, My lilacs out back bloomed fragrant and beautiful purple this year, overlooking a garden and sitting spot that I’ve been cultivating in the sunny southern half of my...

Stipend Increase 2023

This is an update on the reasoning behind the upcoming Fellow Stipend Increase.In December, QVS Staff and Board decided to increase the personal stipend for Fellows to $225/month, up from the stipend of $150/month. Next program year, starting in just 7 months (Sept...

Translating Between Generations

This winter QVS Executive Director Hilary Burgin shares with us her reflections on translating across generations.  While my business card might say my job title is "Executive Director" I find myself often in the role of a translator.  Many Fellows critique capitalism...

Holding Community through Transitions

This autumn QVS Philadelphia Coordinator and Alumni Rachael Carter shares with us their reflections on transitions and community.  They received this message on a train.I have had the amazing opportunity to transition in QVS from being a Fellow and Coordinator in...

Announcing the 2022-2023 Fellow Cohort

We're so excited to introduce you to the 2022-2023 QVS Fellows! This year's Fellows are an outstanding group of ambitious and creative young adults. They are self-identified caretakers, students, bakers, musicians, strategists, painters, conversationists, and hockey...

“I feel really thankful to be in this community that is supporting my social justice work and spiritual growth.”

Zenaida Peterson

QVS Alum, 2016-2017

“The young people I work with are valued treasures. They inspire me to stay idealistic in my endeavors toward social justice and they embolden my commitment to Quaker values.”

Oskar Pierre Castro

Former Philadelphia Coordinator

“I am also glad, very glad to see such deeper reaching and very promising renewal projects such as… Quaker Voluntary Service, which is attracting and cultivating a new generation of Quaker leaders.”

Parker J. Palmer

Plenary at FGC Gathering 2015

“QVS provided an experience where my [Quaker] faith and spirituality became intertwined with my home life and work life, namely in my relationships and practices.”

Giovanna Selvaggio

QVS Alum, 2013-2014


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